Advanced qualitative research methods.

(Vertiefung Qualitative Forschungsmethoden)

CASE STUDY RESEARCH METHOD AND PUBLICATION

Course-Id

590.004

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Erik G. Hansen

Cycle

Summer

Goals
Students will learn to differentiate various qualitative research methods. Against this background, they
will understand the main characteristics of the case study research method and gain competency in
developing a rigorous case study research design covering the overall research strategy, sampling,
data collection, and data analysis. Students also learn to translate designs into journal publications.

Contents
Part 1: Foundations
- An overview of research methods/approaches
- Epistemology
- Rigour and relevance
Part 2: Case study research and publication
- Case study research design (strategy, sample, data collection, analysis)
- Induction, abduction, deduction
- Single vs. multiple (cross) case analysis
- Comparative cases vs. “Pattern Matching” (Eisenhardt)
- Trustworthiness quality criteria
Part 3: Workshop “Crafting your own research design” (based on priory submitted term paper)

Teaching Methods
- Classical lectures
- Learning by example: insight into research designs in high-quality publications
- Student interaction / student inputs from their own PhD projects and related experience
- Workshop (team-based refinement of selected students’ research designs)
 

Grading
Term paper: the task is to develop and describe your own qualitative research design (either based on
own PhD project or hypothetical).

Literature (Selection)
Eisenhardt, K. M., & Graebner, M. E. (2007). Theory building from cases: opportunities and challenges. Academy of
Management Journal, 50(1), 25–32. doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2007.24160888.
Yin, R. K. (2014). Case study research: Design and methods (5th ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.