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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.

What should Research and Science be?
What should Research and Science be?

This chapter is about my perception of what research and science should be. These are high-profile phenomena in our times and the ‘emperors’ of the modern knowledge-based society. But when does the emperor wear clothes and when is he naked? Science is categorized as quantitative and qualitative, and the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities and, recently, life science are seen as categorizations that should be abandoned.

As you know by now, I see all important and complex concepts as fuzzy sets. Many terms, concepts and categories have been launched in different time periods in research contexts, and many are just very slight variations of one another. When they have become obsolete, they ...

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