Applications of Case Study Research

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9780761925514: Applications of Case Study Research

Written to augment the author's earlier, extremely successful volume, "Case Study Research: Design and Methods", the new edition of this applications book presents and discusses new case studies from a wide array of topics offering a variety of examples or applications of case study research methods. These applications demonstrate specific techniques or principles that are integral to the case study method. Through these practical applications, the reader is able to identify solutions to problems encountered during this type of research.

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About the Author:

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations, and most of this book’s applications come from these projects.

Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. A recent engagement has been with the United Nations Development Programme, and another assignment has been to provide guidance to assist doctoral students at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, Dr. Yin holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC). Earlier, he served as Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s research methodology division.

Dr. Yin has authored nearly 100 journal articles and books. His first book on the case study method, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2009) is in its fourth edition. He has edited two case study anthologies (Yin, 2004; and 2005) and has most recently authored a new text on qualitative research methods (Yin, 2011). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T.

Contenuti:

Theory
The Role of Theory in Doing Case Studies
What is the Case Study Method?
What is the Role of Theory in Doing Case Studies
Exploratory Case Studies
Case Selection and Screening: Criteria and Procedures
Causal Case Studies I: Factor Theories
Causal Case Studies II: Explanatory Theories
Descriptive Scase Studies
Conclusions
Descriptive Case Studies
A Case Study of a Neighborhood Organization
Initiation and Structure of the Organization
Revitalization Activities and Their Support
Relationship to Voluntary Associations and Networks
Relationship to City Government
Outcomes
List of Respondents and Annotated Bibliography
Computer Implementation in a Local School System
The Computer System in Operation
Organizational Issues
Explanatory Case Studies
A Nutshell Example: The Effect of a Federal Award on a University Computer Science Department
Essential Ingredients of Explanatory Case Studies: Three Drug Prevention Examples
Simplified Case Example No. 1: "Town Meetings Galvanize Action Against Drug Dealing"
Simplified Case Example No. 2: "Interagency Collaboration to Reduce BWI Incidents"
Simplified Case Example No. 3: "Designated Driver Program, Delivered Through Vendors"
"Transforming" a Business Firm Through Strategic Planning
Company Profile and Conditions Leading to Change
Strategic Plan Transforms the Business
Chronology
Sheriff's Combined Auto Theft Task Force
The Practice and Its Funding
Implementation of the Practice
Outcomes to Date
Chronology
Cross-Case Analyses
Technical Assistance for HIV/AIDS Community Planning
Defining a Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of Technical Assistance (TA)
Documented Outcomes, Varieties of TA Studied and Possible Rival Explanations for the Outcomes
Findings on Individual Hypotheses Regarding Reasons for Successful TA Delivery
Proposal Processing by Public and Private Universities
Introduction to the Study
The Time Needed to Process and Submit Proposals
Costs of Preparing Proposals
Case Studies of Transformed Firms
Why Study Transformed Firms?
What is a Transformed Firm?
What Kind of Transformation Did the Firms Experience?
Did the Transformations Share Common Conditions
Summary: General Lessons About Transformed Firms
About the author

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