The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods provides a state-of - the art overview of qualitative research methods in the business and management field. Bringing together a team of leading international researchers, the chapters offer a comprehensive overview of the history and traditions that underpin qualitative research in the field. The chapters in this volume have been arranged into four thematic parts: Part One: Influential Traditions underpinning qualitative research: positivism, interpretivism, pragmatism, constructionism, critical, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, postcolonialism, critical realism, mixed methods, grounded theory, feminist and indigenous approaches. Part Two: Research Designs: ethnography, field research, action research, case studies, process and practice methodologies. Part Three: The Researcher: positionality, reflexivity, ethics, gender and intersectionality, writing from the body, and achieving critical distance. Part Four: Challenges: research design, access and departure, choosing participants, research across boundaries, writing for different audiences, ethics in international research, digital ethics, and publishing qualitative research.

The Case Study in Management Research: Beyond the Positivist Legacy of Eisenhardt and Yin?

The Case Study in Management Research: Beyond the Positivist Legacy of Eisenhardt and Yin?
Rebecca Piekkari Catherine Welch


The case study remains a very popular – if not the most popular – research strategy that qualitative management scholars claim to be using (see e.g. Welch et al., 2013). Yet, as we will argue in this chapter, it is often poorly understood in management disciplines and, when applied, it rarely lives up to the ideals of how it has been defined. Perhaps this is why the case study, despite its indisputable popularity ...

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