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Setting out to dispel the argument that case study research lacks the science, theory, and therefore validity of other forms of research, Evert Gummesson combines many decades of experience as both a renowned scholar and a reflective practitioner to effectively bridge the divide between case theory and how it is applied in practice. Bringing the fundamental strengths of cases to the fore, Gummesson introduces the “Case Theory” concept as an expanded version of case study research which includes both methodology and the types of results that emerge by: • Guiding the reader in the theoretical and philosophical underpinning • Demonstrating how to translate theory to pertinent research practice that address the real and consequential issues in business and management today. Case Theory in Business and Management appeals to students, academics, and researchers who are interested in the science and philosophy behind case study research, as well as the methodology and a thought-provoking read for anyone who wants to be challenged about their belief of case study theory.

From Case Study Research to Case Theory
From Case Study Research to Case Theory

This chapter is an introduction to my efforts to give case study research a proper place in science, explaining how, when and where it can be used and doing away with misconceptions, condescending characterizations and sloppy applications. Above all, I stress its capacity to address business and management complexity, and offer better solutions to a particular problem as well as to develop better general theory for decision-making and action.

Science and research are about understanding the riddles of life. Even with the riddles unsolved, human beings have a genetic drive to survive and sometimes to develop themselves. For lack of complete knowledge, we ‘muddle through’ as best we can. One of the ...

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