1 case study research as important now than ever peter rawsthorne 2 learning objectives upon completion of this workshop the participants will be able to. Descriptive case studies aim to analyze the sequence of interpersonal events after a certain amount of time has passed studies in business research belonging to this category usually describe culture or sub-culture, and they attempt to discover the key phenomena. Normative case study case study is a usual approach in descriptive research projects, but it can easily be amplified with a normative aspect in order to give grounds for later improvements in the object of study, be it an existing circumstance, product, or work routine.
Some case study research goes beyond being a type of qualitative research, by using a mix of quantitative and qualitative evidence case studies have a distinctive place in evaluation research • the most important is to explain the presumed causal links in real-life events that are too complex for the survey or experimental strategies. The case study is a descriptive qualitative methodology that is used as a tool to study something specific in a complex phenomenon the event is understood as an integrated system in operation, why it requires an analysis that gets interpret and reconstruct the system. The case study approach allows in-depth, multi-faceted explorations of complex issues in their real-life settings the value of the case study approach is well recognised in the fields of business, law and policy, but somewhat less so in health services research.
Just as case research can be positivist, interpre tive or critical, positivist case study research can be descriptive, exploratory or explanatory and each of those three approaches can be either single or. Case study research may feature single cases or multiple cases (eg, often two to four) acknowledging multiple realities in qualitative case studies, as is now commonly done, involves discerning the various perspectives of the researcher, the case/participant, and others, which may or may not converge (yin, 1994. Although case studies have been criticised by some authors as lacking scientific rigour and do not address generalizability, this research, however, reiterated its appropriateness when dealing with a process or a complex real-life activities in great-depth. Descriptive research is a study designed to depict the participants in an accurate way more simply put, descriptive research is all about describing people who take part in the study.
Methods these may include grounded theory, phenomenology, discourse analysis and case study, for example reasonable goals for the learner would be to explore. Research approach encourages constructive critique and openness to reassessment of the chosen focus, if the data begin to point in a different direction) second, qualitative interviews are distinguished by their deliberate giving of power. Like stake, merriam emphasizes the defining feature of case study research as being the object of the study (the bounded system ie, the case) adding that case study research focuses on a particular thing and that the product of an investigation should be descriptive and heuristic in nature. Case study research has a long history within the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, dating back to the early 1920's at first it was a usefu. A case study is a common framework for conducting qualitative research (stake, 2000) a case study is depicted as a phenomenon of some sort occurring in a bounded context (miles &huberman 1994.
The case-study approach is a research strategy entailing approach is particularly relevant to such experiences an empirical investigation of a contemporary phenome- (thomas, 1998) non within its real life context using multiple sources of. Descriptive research design is a valid method for researching specific subjects and as a precursor to more quantitative studies whilst there are some valid concerns about the statistical validity , as long as the limitations are understood by the researcher, this type of study is an invaluable scientific tool. Selecting an exploratory approach, ie using no theoretical basis, for a descriptive case study can thus be either a deliberate decision, or a necessity because no suitable theory or model is available in either case, exploratory research means that at the outset of the project hardly anything is known about the matter. Use of complicated research designs complex statistical analyses of data qualitative studies: biography, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography, case study, (hybrid of these.
Using a case study approach in research has several strengths including the ability to use a variety of research methods (davies, for descriptive and exploratory. This qualitative case study is an approach to research that facilitates exploration of a phenomenon within its context using a variety of data sources this ensures that the. A case study protocol should be essential part of every case study project - a protocol contains the instrument for the research, but also the procedures and general rules that shoud be followed using the instrument. Case studies are not a new form of research naturalistic inquiry was the primary research tool until the development of the scientific method the fields of sociology and anthropology are credited with the primary.
Many of the benefits and limitations of the specific descriptive research methods have been alluded to in previous modules in this series following is a summary regarding both the advantages and the disadvantages of using descriptive research methodology in general. Terminology of data analysis, and be prepared to learn about using jmp for data analysis introduction: a common language for researchers research in the social sciences is a diverse topic. Case studies are widely used in organizational studies and across the social sciences, and there is some suggestion that the case study method is increasingly being used and with a growing confidence in the case study as a rigorous research strategy in its own right (cf eg hartley, 1994, p208 hartley, 2004, p323.