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Embedded Case Study Methods: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Knowledge

Embedded Case Study Methods: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Knowledge

ISBN 9780761919469
Edition 1
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Publisher SAGE Publications, Inc
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Overview
In an embedded case study, the starting and end point is the comprehension of the case as a whole in its real-world context. However, in the course of analysis the case will be faceted either by different perspectives of inquiry or by several sub-units. The book presents different methodological approaches to organize this faceting process. It uses the power of the system approach in order to apply methods, which allow a scientific treatment of complex cases in a way that will be also acknowledged by the quantitative research community. The authors emphasize that a qualitative analysis starting from the real-world level is an indispensable part of case analysis. Thus the book bridges the gap between quantitatve and qualitative approaches to complex problems when using the case study methodology. CONTENTSIntroduction PART ONE: CASE STUDIES DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS Types of Case Studies The Use of Case Studies in Different Disciplines The Architecture of Knowledge Integration in Embedded Case Studies The ETH-UNS Cast Study Zurich North PART TWO: METHODS OF KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION Overview The Methods in Brief How to Choose the Right Method PART THREE: THE METHODS IN DETAIL Formative Scenario Analysis System Dynamics Multi-Attribute Utility Theory Integrated Risk Management Mediation: Area Development Negotiations Future Workshops Experiential Case Encounter Synthesis-Moderation and Group Technique Material Flux Analysis Life-Cycle Assessment Bio-Ecological Potential Analysis PART FOUR: VALIDATION PERSPECTIVES The Validation of Embedded Case Studies
Overview
In an embedded case study, the starting and end point is the comprehension of the case as a whole in its real-world context. However, in the course of analysis the case will be faceted either by different perspectives of inquiry or by several sub-units. The book presents different methodological approaches to organize this faceting process. It uses the power of the system approach in order to apply methods, which allow a scientific treatment of complex cases in a way that will be also acknowledged by the quantitative research community. The authors emphasize that a qualitative analysis starting from the real-world level is an indispensable part of case analysis. Thus the book bridges the gap between quantitatve and qualitative approaches to complex problems when using the case study methodology. CONTENTSIntroduction PART ONE: CASE STUDIES DESIGN AND SYNTHESIS Types of Case Studies The Use of Case Studies in Different Disciplines The Architecture of Knowledge Integration in Embedded Case Studies The ETH-UNS Cast Study Zurich North PART TWO: METHODS OF KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION Overview The Methods in Brief How to Choose the Right Method PART THREE: THE METHODS IN DETAIL Formative Scenario Analysis System Dynamics Multi-Attribute Utility Theory Integrated Risk Management Mediation: Area Development Negotiations Future Workshops Experiential Case Encounter Synthesis-Moderation and Group Technique Material Flux Analysis Life-Cycle Assessment Bio-Ecological Potential Analysis PART FOUR: VALIDATION PERSPECTIVES The Validation of Embedded Case Studies
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