Chapter 4: To Better Understand a Case Study
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. II: Research Methodology: 3rd edition


In this chapter, the authors indicated what a case study design is, and how a case study can be used in conducting research. This chapter opens with a brief introduction to case study research followed by three working definitions of what a case study is. Drs. Shaw and Bruce discussed how the case study design influenced their respective studies. Emphasis is placed on the application, expanding research, sampling, and theory building using a case study design. The information in this chapter could be helpful to a researcher contemplating the use of a case study design. Also, the authors indicated how current and future research can be influenced using a case study design. Information contained in this chapter assists researchers on key components using a case study design, and demonstrates the flexibility during the research process.