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Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research

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Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research
Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study ResearchBentFlyvbjergAalborg University, Denmark27 ppSAGE Publications, Inc.
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Flyberrg, Bent(2006)Five misunderstandings about case-study research, Qualitative Inquiry12, 2:, 219-245

This article examines five common misunderstandings about case-study research: (a) theoretical knowledge is more valuable than practical knowledge; (b) one cannot generalize from a single case, therefore, the single-case study cannot contribute to scientific development; (c) the case study is most useful for generating hypotheses, whereas other methods are more suitable for hypotheses testing and theory building; (d) the case study contains a bias toward verification; and (e) it is often difficult to summarize specific case studies. ...

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