Reflections on the use of case studies in the accounting, management and organizational disciplines

Bill Lee, Paul M. Collier, John Cullen

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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain the background to the special issue and to provide an introduction to the articles on case studies included in the issue. Design-methodology-approach The paper uses a review of developments in both the qualitative tradition and case studies in management research to provide a backdrop for the articles that are included in the issue. The articles discuss: the merits of unique cases and singular forms of evidence within a single case: the comparability of case studies with tools in other areas: and methods of theorising from case studies. Findings The merits of case studies have often been understated. The articles in this issue highlight a broader variety of uses of case study research than is commonly recognized. Originality-value This guest editorial introduces the papers in this issue, which may be read either as individual contributions that have merits per se, or as part of a collection that this introductory paper helps to knit together.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

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