Case Study

tekijä: Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo Viimeisin muutos tiistai 09. maaliskuuta 2010, 14.36


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A case study enables you to gain an in-depth understanding of a certain object or a defined group of objects. The case or cases under research can be either single or multiple, similar or diverse. Your case study should focus on a single case with the aim of producing detailed and intensive information on the chosen case. The core feature of your case study is a narrow focus, which leads you to gain a deep understanding of the phenomenon, which enables you to make a specific interpretation of the phenomenon in a particular context.

Your case study should also aim to explore the dynamics, processes and structures of the phenomenon in a manner that the results of the research are valid in broader socio-cultural contexts. Thus, the results of a case study may include some generalisations relating to the phenomenon. As a research strategy, the case study has an unrestricted framework, which enables you to use any of the choice of suitable methods of analysis.

Read more on case study from the links below:

Becker, Bronwyn, Dawson, Patrick, Devine, Karen, Hannum, Carla, Hill, Steve, Leydens, Jon, Matuskevich, Debbie, Traver, Carol and Palmquist, Mike, 2005. Case Studies. Writing@CSU. Colorado State University Department of English.

Garson, G. David, 2002/2008. Case Studies. Quantitative Research in Public Administration. North Carolina State University.

Soy, Susan K., 1997. The Case Study as a Research Method. University of Texas.

Shuttleworth, Martyn, 2008. Case Study Research Design. Experiment Resources.

Case Study. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.

Routio, Pentti, 2007. Case Study. Arteology, the science of products and professions. The Aalto University School of Art and Design.