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!

Method, Analysis and Report in Case Study


This chapter follows on from the previous one in offering practical advice on carrying out a case study. It starts by offering an overview of the issues involved.

The choice of methodology and method – and the relationship between these two constructs – is considered. This relates both to your overall perspective on knowledge creation and the practicalities of data collection. Will you be taking a quantitative or qualitative approach, or perhaps using mixed methods?

The processes involved in collecting and analysing your data are then examined. Will you be using software to help analyse your data, or doing it manually?

A final section focuses on reporting your findings, that is, writing up the case study. This may be for ...

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