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The case study is one among several methods for conducting social science research, which include experiments, surveys, interviews, participant observation, histories, and analysis of archival data, among others. As a research method, the case study has been used to explore various levels of analysis, such as individual, group, organization, and culture. It is a common research strategy for many academic disciplines, including communication, psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, education, social work, law, medicine, and business. This entry defines case study research, describes different designs and goals of case studies, defines various types of case studies, explains common methods of data collection and analysis, and examines how intercultural communication competence informs the way scholars conduct and report case studies.

Definition and Types of Case Study Research

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