Building theories from case study research: the progressive case study


Steenhuis, Harm-Jan and Bruijn, Erik J. de (2006) Building theories from case study research: the progressive case study. In: .

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Abstract:Meredith (1998) argues for more case and field research studies in the field of operations
management. Based on a literature review, we discuss several existing approaches to case
studies and their characteristics. These approaches include; the Grounded Theory approach
which proposes no prior literature review in the substantive area under study (Glaser, 1992:
31) versus Eisenhardt (1989) and Yin (1994) who propose a more directed study with a priori
constructs. We then propose an alternative approach which we call the progressive case
study. This approach combines strengths of both approaches such as the informative aspect of
Grounded Theory and a more plan able approach such as Yin and Eisenhardt propose. We
also describe that case studies are not simply a set of interviews and provide examples on the
amount of data that might be collected in a detailed case study. Furthermore, we provide
direction for analyzing qualitative data in cases.
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