Instrumental Case Study

Instrumental case study is a research design that aims to develop or elaborate theory by the identification of categories and relationships from a case. It is of relevance when knowledge about a phenomenon is nonexistent or tentative. When conducting an instrumental case study, three decisions have to be made. The first decision is related to the purpose of the case; that is, which phenomenon is aimed to be investigated? The second decision considers the process of the investigation. This is the data collection, especially interviews, observation, documents, and data analysis by coding, compilation, condensation, and clustering of the data. The third decision concerns the product of the case study, which is its theory contribution. This entry further explores the purpose, process, and product of instrumental ...

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