Building theories from case study research: the progressive case study

H.J. Steenhuis, E.J. de Bruijn

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Meredith (1998) argues for more case and field research studies in the field of operations management. Based on a literature review, we discuss several existing approaches to case studies and their characteristics. These approaches include; the Grounded Theory approach which proposes no prior literature review in the substantive area under study (Glaser, 1992: 31) versus Eisenhardt (1989) and Yin (1994) who propose a more directed study with a priori constructs. We then propose an alternative approach which we call the progressive case study. This approach combines strengths of both approaches such as the informative aspect of Grounded Theory and a more plan able approach such as Yin and Eisenhardt propose. We also describe that case studies are not simply a set of interviews and provide examples on the amount of data that might be collected in a detailed case study. Furthermore, we provide direction for analyzing qualitative data in cases.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationOM in the New World Uncertainties. Proceedings (CD-ROM) of the 17th Annual Conference of POMS, 28 April - 1 May 2006, Boston, USA
PublisherProduction and Operations Management Society (POMS)
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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PublisherPOMS: Production and Operations Management Society


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  • IR-73615

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