Case Study Research and Applications

Case Study Research and Applications
Design and Methods

Sixth Edition

September 2017 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Recognized as one of the most cited methodology books in the social sciences, the Sixth Edition of Robert K. Yin's bestselling text provides a complete portal to the world of case study research. With the integration of 11 applications in this edition, the book gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields. Ultimately, Case Study Research and Applications will guide students in the successful design and use of the case study research method.

Chapter 1. Getting Started: How to Know Whether and When to Use the Case Study as a Research Method
Doing Case Study Research  
Comparing Case Studies With Other Social Science Research Methods  
Variations In Case Studies, But A Common Definition  
Addressing Traditional Concerns About Case Study Research  
Notes To Chapter 1  
Chapter 2. Designing Case Studies: Identifying Your Case(S) And Establishing The Logic Of Your Case Study
General Approach To Designing Case Studies  
The Role Of Theory In Research Designs  
Criteria For Judging The Quality Of Research Designs  
Case Study Research Designs  
Modest Advice In Selecting Case Study Designs  
Notes To Chapter 2  
Chapter 2. Application #1: An Exploratory Case Study: How New Organizational Practices Become Routinized
Chapter 2. Application #2: Defining The “Case” In A Case Study Linking Job Training And Economic Development Initiatives At The Local Level
Chapter 2. Application #3: How “Discovery Can Occur In The Field: Social Stratification In A Mid-Sized Community
Chapter 3. Preparing To Collect Case Study Evidence: What You Need To Do Before Starting To Collect Case Study Data
The Case Study Researcher: Desired Skills And Values  
Preparation And Training For A Specific Case Study  
The Case Study Protocol  
Screening The Candidate Cases For Your Case Study  
The Pilot Case Study  
Notes To Chapter 3  
Chapter 4. Collecting Case Study Evidence: The Principles You Should Follow In Working With Six Sources Of Evidence
Six Sources Of Evidence  
Four Principles Of Data Collection  
Notes To Chapter 4  
Chapter 4. Application #4: Doing Interviews In The Field: Citizens On Patrol
Chapter 4. Application #5: Making Field Observations First Day In An Urban Neighborhood
Chapter 4. Application #6: Assembling A Question-And-Answer Database A Case Study Of A Community Organization
Chapter 5. Analyzing Case Study Evidence: How To Start Your Analysis, Your Analytic Choices, And How They Work
An Analytic Strategy: More Than Familiarity With Analytic Tools  
Five Analytic Techniques  
Pressing For A High-Quality Analysis  
Notes To Chapter 5  
Chapter 5. Application #7: Using A Case Study To Compare Directly Competing Rival Hypotheses: Whether Military Base Closures Produce Catastrophic Economic Impacts Or Not
Chapter 5. Application #8: A Nutshell Example Of An Explanatory Case Study: How A Federal Award Affected A University Computer Department
Chapter 5. Application #9: An Explanatory Case Study: Transforming A Business Firm Through Strategic Planning
Chapter 6. Reporting Case Studies: How And What To Compose
Audiences For Case Study Reports  
Varieties Of Case Study Compositions  
Procedures In Composing A Case Study Report  
What Makes An Exemplary Case Study?  
Notes To Chapter 6  
Chapter 6. Application #10: A Multiple-Case Study Integrating Qualitative And Quantitative Data: Proposal Processing At 17 Universities
Appendix A. A Note On The Uses Of Case Study Research In Psychology
Appendix B. A Note On The Uses Of Case Study Research In Evaluations
Appendix B. Application #11: An Evaluation Case Study: Evaluation Of A Community Coalition’s Campaign
Key features


  • The inclusion of 11 in-depth applications show how various facets of case study methods have been successfully implemented in the past.
  • Increased reference to relativist and constructivist approaches to case study research is used, as well as how case studies can be part of mixed methods projects.
  • Greater emphasis is placed on using plausible rival explanations to bolster case study quality.
  • More detailed discussion of synthesizing findings across case studies in a multiple-case study is included.
  • An expanded list of 15 fields that have text or texts devoted to case study research in each field has been added.
  • A sharpened discussion distinguishing research from non-research case studies is covered.
  • The author includes an acknowledgment of at least three remaining gaps to be filled in the future:
  • how rival explanations can become more routinely integrated into all case study research;
  • the difference between case-based and variable-based approaches to designing and analyzing case studies; and
  • the relationship between case study research and qualitative research.


  • Numerous conceptual exercises, illustrative exhibits, vignettes, and a glossary make the book eminently accessible.
  • Boxes throughout offer more in-depth real-world examples of research.
  • Short, sidebar tips help succinctly explain concepts and allow students to check their understanding.

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ISBN: 9781506336169