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date: 28 May 2020

case study (case-study method) 

Source:
A Dictionary of Sociology
Author(s):

John Scott

A research design that takes as its subject a single case or a few selected examples of a social entity—such as communities, social groups, employers, events, life-histories, families, work teams, roles, or relationships—and employs a variety of methods to study them. The criteria that inform the selection of the case or cases for a study are a crucial part of the research design and its theoretical rigour. Case studies include descriptive reports on typical, illustrative, or deviant examples; descriptions of good practice in policy research; evaluations of policies after implementation in an organization; studies that focus on extreme or strategic cases; the rigorous test of a well-defined ... ...

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