Case Study

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra
  • Izabela Koładkiewicz


The main aim of the chapter is to discuss the case study method. We shall begin by confronting its definition. It is quite a challenge, as researchers representing various paradigms embark on this type of research project. These paradigms define the way we perceive the explored reality, our chances of understanding/cognizing it, and the acceptable research methods. As a consequence, not only is the case study subject to various definitions, but it is also employed to achieve manifold goals). Despite these differences, we can point out a number of characteristics that distinguish case study method; they shall be the focus of our discussion. As much as possible, we shall take into account the variety of perspectives in case study-based research, or recommend to readers the sources where they can find more detailed information on a particular issue. In this chapter, the presentation of premises and types of case studies will be followed by a manual, guiding readers in their endeavor to design their own research using the method discussed.


Case study Selection of cases Case based generalizations Theory and cases Types of case study Single case study Multiple case study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra
    • 1
  • Izabela Koładkiewicz
    • 2
  1. 1.VID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Kozminski UniversityWarsawPoland

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