Case Study Research in Business and Management

Bill Lee, Mark Saunders

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Despite having a relatively recent history compared to other social sciences, the business and management field has proliferated into a number of largely independent disciplines. Each of these disciplines has its own methodological predilections and as a corollary, a view of what constitutes a case study, where case studies should feature in a research project and the relative usefulness of case study research. Given this breadth of disciplines, only a provisional definition of a case study will be provided at this point; namely, a case study is research into a phenomenon, organization, process, or event that is studied as a unit of analysis that is interesting in its own right. Rather than attempting to summarise all that has been written about case studies across the management disciplines, this entry will elaborate upon thinking around this definition using the metaphor of a kaleidoscope.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sage Encyclopedia of Research Methods
EditorsA Atkinson, S Delamont, M Williams
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Case Study
  • Qualitative Methods


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