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Chapter 18: Case Study Research
Case Study Research
This chapter argues that case study is a research design rather than a method, approach, style or strategy, and that case studies are small-scale research projects with meaning. Like other research designs, case study has strengths and weaknesses, with the latter focusing in particular on the question of generalization. As well as reviewing the literature on case study, and arguing for a revised conceptualization, the chapter offers practical advice on doing a case study, and some suggestions for further reading.
In this section, we look briefly at the history of case study, consider what case studies are and the different approaches that may be taken, and discuss the relationship between case study and theory.