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Embedded Case Study Methods : Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Knowledge - Roland W. Scholz

Embedded Case Study Methods

Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Knowledge

Paperback Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9780761919469
Number Of Pages: 408

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Bridging the gap between quantitative and qualitative approaches, this book presents methods for interrelating and integrating the variables, findings, and evaluations from the facets of the case (i.e., different perspectives of inquiry such as participant observation, open-ended interviews, etc.) or subunits of case inquiry. Using case examples from five different disciplines (neuropsychology, education, law, business, and environmental sciences), the authors show the reader how to use the embedded case design to enhance synthesis and knowledge integration. The authors share their broad knowledge of the philosophy of science to explain the rationale behind each step of embedded case designs, and recap each explanation with concept recaps called "lessons to be learned." In addition, they include a variety of boxes that offer statistical models for doing the analysis. This book offers readers a sophisticated approach to integrating mixed methods in case studies.

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"If you were part of a study team trying to figure out what to do in a complicated (i.e., multi-party, multi-issue, technically complex) situation, you would want to rush out and get a copy of Embedded Case Study Methods by Roland Scholz and Olaf Tietje. Using their own Zurich North case study to explain the proper use of case study methods, they demonstrate how eleven different techniques -- including integrated risk assessment, multi-attribute utility theory, scenario analysis, future workshops, and a kind of mediation called Area Development Negotiation -- ought to be used to develop collaborative solutions. Along the way, they destroy conventional distinctions between quantitative and qualitative methods and offer (finally!) an integrated approach that applies equally well to problem framing, option generation, and the management of stakeholder encounters. Most of the relevant literature (from more than a dozen disciplines) is reviewed in detail. What more could a study team member want?" -- LAWRENCE SUSSKIND
"Scholz and Olaf have developed an important methodology to integrate complex cases. Their approach combines the best of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to create new insights that would not be available to researchers using more conventional approaches." -- MAX H. BAZERMAN
"This is an excellent book that serves an important purpose. It should become a valuable resource in research methods courses covering issues of case research. Doctoral students especially, should find the book particularly helpful. The conceptual material and methods of knowledge integration presented in this book provide scholars with the background and tools necessary to conduct case studies that meet the field's most rigorous scientific standards." -- Organizational Research Methods
This book should be required reading for anyone involved with case study analysis. -- CANADIAN JOURNAL OF URBAN RESEARCH

Methods of Knowledge Integration
Embedded Case Studies for Complex, Contextualized Problems
Historical Landmarks
Case Study Design and Synthesis
Types of Case Studies
Epistemological Status
Data Collection and Methods of Knowledge Integration
The Use of Case Studies in Different Disciplines
Educational Sciences
Environmental Sciences
The Architecture of Knowledge Integration in Embedded Case Studies
The Architecture of Embedded Case Studies
Strategies of Synthesis
The Brunswikian Lens Model
Types of Knowledge Integration
The ETH-UNS Case Study Zurich North
The Zurich North Case
Case Prospects and History
Understanding the Case
Faceting the Case for Embedded Case Design
Constraints of the Study
Organizing the Study
Methods of Knowledge Integration
The Methods in Brief
How to Choose the Right Method
The Methods in Detail
Formative Scenario Analysis
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
System Dynamics
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Multi-Attribute Utility Theory
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Integrated Risk Management
The Rationale
Incorporating Different Perspectives
The Method in Detail
Mediation: Area Development Negotiations
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Future Workshops
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Experiential Case Encounter
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Synthesis Moderation and Group Techniques
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Material Flux Analysis
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Life Cycle Assessment
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Bio-Ecological Potential Analysis
The Rationale
The Method in Detail
Validation Perspectives
The Validation of Embedded Case Studies
The Rationale
Validation of Embedded Case Studies: A Practical View
About the Authors
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ISBN: 9780761919469
ISBN-10: 0761919465
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.65 x 19.05  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.7