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Case Study Research and Applications

Case Study Research and Applications
Design and Methods

Sixth Edition

© 2018 | 352 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 use and application of the case study research method.

About the Author
Chapter 1. Getting Started: How to Know Whether and When to Use the Case Study as a Research Method
Being Ready for the Challenge, and Setting High Expectations  
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  
Application #1: An Exploratory Case Study: How New Organizational Practices Become Routinized  
Application #2: Defining the “Case” in a Case Study: Linking Job Training and Economic Development Initiatives at the Local Level  
Application #3: How “Discovery” Can Occur in the Field: Social Stratification in a Midsized 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  
Application #4: Doing Interviews in the Field: Citizens on Patrol  
Application #5: Making Field Observations: First Day in an Urban Neighborhood  
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 Relying on Analytic Tools  
Five Analytic Techniques  
Pressing for a High-Quality Analysis  
Notes to Chapter 5  
Application #7: Using a Case Study to Compare Directly Competing Rival Hypotheses: Whether Military Base Closures Produce Catastrophic Economic Impacts or Not  
Application #8: A Nutshell Example of an Explanatory Case Study: How a Federal Award Affected a University Computer Department  
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 Research  
Varieties of Case Study Compositions  
Procedures in Composing a Case Study  
What Makes an Exemplary Case Study?  
Notes to 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
Application #11: An Evaluation Case Study: Evaluation of a Community Coalition’s Campaign  
Brief Glossary of Terms Directly Related to Case Study Research
Author Index
Subject Index

“The book is filled with tips to the researcher on how to master the craft of doing research overall and specifically how to account for multi-layered cases.”

Asta Zelenkauskaite
Drexel University

“Yin covers all of the basic and advanced knowledge for conducting case study and why they are useful for specific research studies without getting lost in the weeds.”

Michael A Guerra
Lincoln University

“The applications enhance the original material because it gives the reader concrete examples.”

Claretha Hughes
University of Arkansas

“Yin is much more in-depth on case study methods both within a general qualitative text and any other case study text I have seen.”

David M. Sprick, PhD
Park University

This book cleverly unpicks the complexities around a case study research design using an easy to read approach, without loss of credibility. It argues each point clearly and supports with good references to other sources with a wide range of illustrative examples. An ideal read post graduate students deciding on the most appropriate research approach to take for their research questions. An ideal read for every tutor teaching undergraduates or postgraduates about different research methods and methodologies. It's a complex area to grasp, yet this book provides a clear journey along that road of understanding.

Mrs Sally Howard
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
January 25, 2018
Key features


  • Includes 11 in-depth applications that show how researchers have implemented case study methods successfully.
  • Increases reference to relativist and constructivist approaches to case study research, as well as how case studies can be part of mixed methods projects.
  • Places greater emphasis on using plausible rival explanations to bolster case study quality.
  • Discusses synthesizing findings across case studies in a multiple-case study in more detail.
  • Adds an expanded list of 15 fields that have text or texts devoted to case study research.
  • Sharpens discussion of distinguishing research from non-research case studies.
  • The author brings to light 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.
  • Exercises throughout offer students the chance to immediately apply their knowledge.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface: Spotlighting "Case Study Research"

Chapter 1: Getting Started

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