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Case Study: A Strategic Research Methodology

Khairul Baharein Mohd Noor1
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American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 5 No. 11, 2008, 1602-1604

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2008.1602.1604

Submitted On: 24 November 2007 Published On: 30 November 2008

How to Cite: Noor, K. B. M. (2008). Case Study: A Strategic Research Methodology. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 5(11), 1602-1604. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2008.1602.1604

Abstract

This research reviews the literature on case study as a strategic qualitative research methodology. Although case studies have been criticised by some authors as lacking scientific rigour and do not address generalizability, this research, however, reiterated its appropriateness when dealing with a process or a complex real-life activities in great-depth. Case study has been commonly used in social science fields like sociology, industrial relations and anthropology eventhough generally was considered an underutilized strategy. Hence, this research explained the general concept of a case study, strengths and weaknesses of using this method knowing that theoretically case is exciting and data rich. Based on a study of four organizations and the researcher’s own experience, this article described matters on how case study was undertaken, gaining excess to those organizations and the systematic process of data collection and triangulation (multiple techniques). It was noted that combining multiple techniques for elicitng data in case study research actually strengthens and confirmed results.

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Keywords

  • Case study
  • research methodology
  • qualitative research
  • triangulation