How to Generalize an Information Technology Case Study

  • Rúben Pereira
  • Rafael Almeida
  • Miguel Mira da Silva
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7939)


Case studies are a valuable way to look at the world around us and have been gaining special importance in the last years in the information technology area. However, some problems, as for example the lack of rigor or the dependency of a single case exploration, preclude case study generalization. Therefore, we propose to perform an extensive literature review about case study methodology, specifically in information technology domain, in order to leverage critical information about organizations, which should be present in all information technology case studies to enable their generalization and pattern matching. We end our research with limitations, contributions and future work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rúben Pereira
    • 1
  • Rafael Almeida
    • 1
  • Miguel Mira da Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceInstituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal

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