Case Studies

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This collection takes a dutifully contemporary approach to the exploration of the uses and interpretations of the case study across a multitude of disciplines and through various cultural perspectives. Exploring the case study from both methodological and theoretical perspectives, the texts included in the volumes illustrate how case study techniques are currently employed, and suggest how they might develop in the foreseeable future. Relevant to varied levels and scales of case study use, the aim of this collection is to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of where we are now with case study research, so that they may better judge their own applications of the case study.

From definitions to interdisciplinary methods, this set will address the practical case study by offering a structured selection of some of the best modern and classic writing on the case study in article form, together with a synoptic editorial introduction and overview of the field of research.

Volume One: The Origins and History of Case Study

Volume Two: Case Study Design

Volume Three: Issues with Case Study

Volume Four: The Use of Case Studies in Different Disciplines

Editorial Introduction

The purpose of this four-volume collection is to provide an accessible selection of the best writing on case study in the English language internationally. This selection in part replaces, and in part complements, that produced by Matthew David, published in 2006.

This editorial introduction discusses the selection made and relates it to the broader literature and thinking on case study.

Selection Criteria

The selection has been confined to articles that have been published in refereed academic journals. This helps to ensure that the articles are of high quality, and that they are of a length that can be easily read at one sitting.

The articles have been carefully selected to represent writing on case study in a range of disciplines, and to balance older and newer material, ...

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