Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, this book provides a comprehensive, student-friendly guide to the nature and use of case study research. Whether as part of a more substantial study or as the foundation for a self-contained smaller project, case studies provide viable and valuable alternatives to conducting large-scale research. Grounded in both theory and practice, this book sets out not only the key debates and ethical issues surrounding case study research, but also focuses specifically on the work of others and how you can understand, use, and write about secondary data as the basis for your own research project. With tips, examples, and extensive discussion of real-world case studies from a variety of social science and other disciplines, Tight illustrates the kinds of research to which case studies can be applied. Topics include:  • Types of case studies  • Advantages and disadvantages to using case studies  • The meaning and value of case study research  • The use of case studies in different disciplines and research designs Whether you want to know how to access and use the case studies of others or understand the methods behind conducting your own case study research, this book will take you through every step of the process!

Case Studies in Mixed/Combined Research Designs


Chapter 5 demonstrated that case study is widely used as a research design in varied ways in a range of disciplines. It is also, as this chapter will show, commonly used in combination with a considerable number of other research designs. These combined uses both strengthen the appeal of case study and make clear its robustness as a research design.

This chapter starts with a general discussion of the use of case study in combined research designs. Examples of such combined designs – with action and other participatory forms of research, complexity science and network theory, constructionism and critical realism, content analysis, ethnography, evaluation, experiment, grounded theory, surveys, systems and time series designs – are then identified and explored. ...

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