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Case Study Research: Design and Methods [Paperback]

Robert K. Yin
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Oct. 31 2008 1412960991 978-1412960991 4

Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This thoroughly revised text now covers more than 50 case studies (approximately 25% new), gives fresh attention to quantitative analyses, discusses more fully the use of mixed methods research designs, and includes new methodological insights. The book’s coverage of case study research and how it is applied in practice gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition

  • Highlights each specific research feature through 44 boxed vignettes that feature previously published case studies
  • Provides methodological insights to show the similarities between case studies and other social science methods
  • Suggests a three-stage approach to help readers define the initial questions they will consider in their own case study research
  • Covers new material on human subjects protection, the role of Institutional Review Boards, and the interplay between obtaining IRB approval and the final development of the case study protocol and conduct of a pilot case
  • Includes an overall graphic of the entire case study research process at the beginning of the book, then highlights the steps in the process through graphics that appear at the outset of all the chapters that follow
  • Offers in-text learning aids including “tips” that pose key questions and answers at the beginning of each chapter, practical exercises, endnotes, and a new cross-referencing table

Case Study Research, Fourth Edition is ideal for courses in departments of Education, Business and Management, Nursing and Public Health,

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Yin is an excellent writer for introductory students in Qualitative Case Study. -- Alan L. Webb

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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource Nov. 27 2010
This book is an excellent resource outlining the research process from start to finish. I've used it for organizational review type case studies, and had been concerned that it may be too academic. However, those concerns were unfounded- it provides useful examples and questions throughout the book that make it much more approachable. I have found it cited in many other texts and articles, it really seems to be the best of it's type.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very dry but useful Feb. 9 2013
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If you are working on a case study, then this book is helpful. But it is expensive and very dry reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple guide Feb. 26 2011
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This book provides simple, yet detailed steps of how to effectively write a good case study. It's worth reading if you are interested in this writing format.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Kindle edition is not very good June 16 2011
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Overall, if I were reading the physical copy of this book I would have rated it with 5 stars. It is well written, clearly explained, and theoretically sound. However, I purchased the Kindle edition. Although I am still receiving some value, there are a large number of issues with the scanning or transcription of this book. One example is this passage: "Within each of have peculiar of case studies, Szanton has illustrated the principle of literal replication." Even with the context around this sentence to provide clues, I don't have a clue what that sentence is saying! This is unfortunately one of MANY such issues with the Kindle edition of this book. So, the book itself is still providing value, but at the expense of having to interpret a large number of unreadable passages like that one, and in some cases, at the expense of being able to discern what the author was saying.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, many examples, easy to read Dec 6 2009
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As a doctoral student, I purchased this book when a research professor at my university recommended it. I can see why! Since I am considering using the case study process for my dissertation research, this book helped me visualize how it might work. Yin filled the book with cogent examples from many fields, with references to find the original study. These examples were both relatively current and from decades past; this range of times helped me see the growth in the case study process and its breadth of applicability.

The book is not a follow-the-numbers process by any means, no cookie-cutter here. Instead, it contains a structured process from beginning to end, including analysis and reporting. Along the way, Yin forces the reader to ask questions and consider the applicability of the case study approach to one's own work.

All in all, very helpful and no doubt, it will be a reference for me in years to come.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yin yet! June 3 2009
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This is an expansion on Robert Yin's previous case study methodology textbooks and it included updated research and increased focus on the theoretical grounding of the methodology. Those who are looking for a detailing of the rationale for using case study will find it here.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Case Study Researchers July 2 2009
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If you are doing any kind of case study research and do not have this book, you need this. Dr. Yin is a leader in case study research and has valuable information regarding components to a dissertation that are unique to case studies.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Kindle edition is horribly edited Oct. 12 2011
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It seems a shame to rate a book based on its presentation and not its content, but in this case, the presentation was very much an obstacle to getting to the content. Yin's work on case study research is invaluable. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to read. In the Kindle edition, errors are nearly constant. They are abysmal in the example boxes and exercises. There are words missing, sentences and phrases duplicated or cut off, and easy-to-fix typing errors everywhere. I found my reading experience halted and entirely too frustrating. I really enjoy using my Kindle, but not under such conditions. I don't know if it's Amazon or Sage, but it needs to be fixed.
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