Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research is an excellent resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, management research and organizational psychology, bringing together in one volume the range of methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis.

The volume includes 30 chapters, each focusing on a specific technique. The chapters cover traditional research methods, analysis techniques, and interventions as well as the latest developments in the field. Each chapter reviews how the method has been used in organizational research, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the method, and presents a case study example of the method in use. A list of further reading is supplied for those requiring additional information about a given method.

The comprehensive and accessible nature of this collection will make it an essential and lasting handbook for researchers and students studying organizations.

Case Study Research

Case study research
JeanHartley*

Case studies are widely used in organizational studies and across the social sciences, for example, in sociology, organizational psychology, anthropology, employment relations, political science. There is some suggestion that the case study method is increasingly being used (for example, Yin, 1994; Robson, 2002), and a number of publications examine the approach (for example, Yin, 1994; Stake, 1995; Eisenhardt, 1989; Abrahamson, 1992; Hamel, 1993). There is growing confidence in the case study as a rigorous research strategy in its own right.

Case studies can be theoretically exciting and data rich so it is important to analyse their strengths and weaknesses as well as provide a practical guide on how to conduct and manage them. This chapter examines what case studies are, the ...

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