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Applications of Case Study Research
Yin, Robert K.

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Über den Autor

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 (2014) is in its fifth 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.


PART I: Starting Points
Chapter 1. A (Very) Brief Refresher on the Case Study Method
Chapter 2. Field Notes
Chapter 3. The Role of Theory in Doing Case Studies
PART II: Deillegalscriptive Case Studies
Chapter 4. Start-Up for a Newly-Appointed Education Leader
Chapter 5. Citizens on Patrol
Chapter 6. A Case Study of a Neighborhood Organization
PART III: Explanatory Case Studies
Chapter 7. A Nutshell Example: The Effect of a Federal Award on a University Computer Science Department
Chapter 8. Essential Ingredients of Explanatory Case Studies: Three Drug Prevention Examples
Chapter 9. Transforming a Business Firm Through Strategic Planning
Chapter 10. Rival Explanations
PART IV: Cross-Case Syntheses
Chapter 11. Proposal Processing by Public and Private Universities
Chapter 12. Case Studies of Transformed Firms
PART V: Case Study Evaluations
Chapter 13: Evaluation of a Community Coalition
Chapter 14. Sheriff's Combined Auto Theft Task Force
Chapter 15. Technical Assistance for HIV/AIDS Community Planning


This book helps graduate students and seasoned researchers strengthen their own case study research and become more critical consumers of the case study research done by others. It presents a collection of 21 individual applications of the case study method, many shortened or re-written for this book. Following feedback from users of earlier editions of the book, the applications include a wide array of single-case studies, providing useful examples for solo researchers.

New to This Edition:

- Expanded from 10 to 15 chapters, and from 16 to 21 case study applications, the book provides many more examples of the case study method

- Contains six entirely new chapters, all emphasizing single-case and simpler applications, and including an introductory chapter which serves as a refresher on the case study method

- Provides a new feature called inside stories, which are linked to suggested classroom exercises

- Includes an expanded section of the book on case study evaluations, including an new chapter on the principles of case study evaluations along with a specific and new application.