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Case Study Research: Design and Methods (Applied Social Research Methods) [Paperback]

Robert K. Yin
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October 31, 2008 1412960991 978-1412960991 4th

Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin’s bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This thoroughly revised text now covers more than 50 case studies (approximately 25% new), gives fresh attention to quantitative analyses, discusses more fully the use of mixed methods research designs, and includes new methodological insights. The book’s coverage of case study research and how it is applied in practice gives readers access to exemplary case studies drawn from a wide variety of academic and applied fields.

Key Features of the Fourth Edition

  • Highlights each specific research feature through 44 boxed vignettes that feature previously published case studies
  • Provides methodological insights to show the similarities between case studies and other social science methods
  • Suggests a three-stage approach to help readers define the initial questions they will consider in their own case study research
  • Covers new material on human subjects protection, the role of Institutional Review Boards, and the interplay between obtaining IRB approval and the final development of the case study protocol and conduct of a pilot case
  • Includes an overall graphic of the entire case study research process at the beginning of the book, then highlights the steps in the process through graphics that appear at the outset of all the chapters that follow
  • Offers in-text learning aids including “tips” that pose key questions and answers at the beginning of each chapter, practical exercises, endnotes, and a new cross-referencing table

Case Study Research, Fourth Edition is ideal for courses in departments of Education, Business and Management, Nursing and Public Health, Public Administration, Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science.



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Yin is an excellent writer for introductory students in Qualitative Case Study. (Alan L. Webb)

About the Author

Robert K. Yin is President of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for federal agencies, state and local agencies, and private foundations, and most of this book’s applications come from these projects.

Outside of COSMOS, Dr. Yin has assisted numerous other research groups, helping to train their field teams or to design research studies. A recent engagement has been with the United Nations Development Programme, and another assignment has been to provide guidance to assist doctoral students at the University of Copenhagen. Currently, Dr. Yin holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence at American University’s School of International Service (Washington, DC). Earlier, he served as Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s research methodology division.

Dr. Yin has authored nearly 100 journal articles and books. His first book on the case study method, Case Study Research: Design and Methods (2014) is in its fifth edition. He has edited two case study anthologies (Yin, 2004; and 2005) and has most recently authored a new text on qualitative research methods (Yin, 2011). Dr. Yin received his B.A. in history from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from M.I.T.


Product Details

  • Series: Applied Social Research Methods (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4th edition (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412960991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412960991
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Robert K. Yin, Ph.D., serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of COSMOS Corporation, an applied research and social science firm that has been in operation since 1980. Over the years, COSMOS has successfully completed hundreds of projects for government agencies, private foundations, and other entrepreneurial and non-profit organizations. At COSMOS, Dr. Yin actively leads various research projects, including those in which the case study method is used. He has authored numerous books and peer-reviewed articles, including Case Study Research and Applications of Case Study Research. In 1998 he founded the "Robert K. Yin Fund" at M.I.T., which supports seminars on brain sciences, as well as other activities related to the advancement of pre-doctoral students in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Kindle edition is not very good June 16, 2011
By Maev
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Overall, if I were reading the physical copy of this book I would have rated it with 5 stars. It is well written, clearly explained, and theoretically sound. However, I purchased the Kindle edition. Although I am still receiving some value, there are a large number of issues with the scanning or transcription of this book. One example is this passage: "Within each of have peculiar of case studies, Szanton has illustrated the principle of literal replication." Even with the context around this sentence to provide clues, I don't have a clue what that sentence is saying! This is unfortunately one of MANY such issues with the Kindle edition of this book. So, the book itself is still providing value, but at the expense of having to interpret a large number of unreadable passages like that one, and in some cases, at the expense of being able to discern what the author was saying.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, many examples, easy to read December 6, 2009
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As a doctoral student, I purchased this book when a research professor at my university recommended it. I can see why! Since I am considering using the case study process for my dissertation research, this book helped me visualize how it might work. Yin filled the book with cogent examples from many fields, with references to find the original study. These examples were both relatively current and from decades past; this range of times helped me see the growth in the case study process and its breadth of applicability.

The book is not a follow-the-numbers process by any means, no cookie-cutter here. Instead, it contains a structured process from beginning to end, including analysis and reporting. Along the way, Yin forces the reader to ask questions and consider the applicability of the case study approach to one's own work.

All in all, very helpful and no doubt, it will be a reference for me in years to come.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Yin yet! June 3, 2009
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This is an expansion on Robert Yin's previous case study methodology textbooks and it included updated research and increased focus on the theoretical grounding of the methodology. Those who are looking for a detailing of the rationale for using case study will find it here.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Case Study Researchers July 2, 2009
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If you are doing any kind of case study research and do not have this book, you need this. Dr. Yin is a leader in case study research and has valuable information regarding components to a dissertation that are unique to case studies.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, Kindle edition is horribly edited October 12, 2011
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It seems a shame to rate a book based on its presentation and not its content, but in this case, the presentation was very much an obstacle to getting to the content. Yin's work on case study research is invaluable. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to read. In the Kindle edition, errors are nearly constant. They are abysmal in the example boxes and exercises. There are words missing, sentences and phrases duplicated or cut off, and easy-to-fix typing errors everywhere. I found my reading experience halted and entirely too frustrating. I really enjoy using my Kindle, but not under such conditions. I don't know if it's Amazon or Sage, but it needs to be fixed.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars harsha`s review February 4, 2009
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I am reading for my MBA at PIM , University of Sri Jayawardanepura , Sri Lanka. As partial fulfilment of the MBA we are required to embark on a case study reaserch on a given Brand. I found this book to be extremely helpful in that there was no other book that provided a structured approach to doing a case study. I recommend this book to anyone who embarks on a case study research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and practical March 26, 2011
By jw
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This text provides a very good overview of case study design, but I didn't find it to have enough detail to answer some questions. Probably not best for the most advanced researcher, but for beginners and intermediates, seems to be very useful. In combination with other texts on qualitative research and case study methods, provides a very good resource for understanding this quite complicated methodology. My background is in quantitative research, so this text was useful in helping to make a new transition to a new method of research.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Case Study Design July 29, 2010
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This is an outstanding resource for anyone considering a case study design. It offers more suggestions and clarifies more issues than the other resources that I have read over the last three years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for first time research
Wonderfully helpful! I am a first time researcher and this book has answered a lot of questions and clarified some problems I was having. Good find on Amazon.
Published 14 days ago by tgkoontz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
The item arrived in a timely fashion, as ordered and it was perfect for our application:)

We truly love it...
Published 1 month ago by Keith Kremer
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The item arrived on time but happened to be used. It was sold as new but that was false. It had stuff written all over it. I was not satisfied with this transaction.
Published 2 months ago by Ugwubueze
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book - but do not buy kindle edition
It is a great book, however, I would not recommend the kindle edition, It does not have page number, you cannot cite as a source. Read more
Published 2 months ago by HRZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile
Great book... It is very thorough and helpful for anyone who wants to learn how to do case studies from scratch.
Published 3 months ago by SavvyJB
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Case Study Research
Yin's book brings clarity to the process of case study research. His examples help clarify the explanations. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Starlette D. Guillory
5.0 out of 5 stars Case Study Research
Robert Yin's expertise in case study research makes this book a comprehensive guide for doctoral learners, particularly in the education field. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy
5.0 out of 5 stars If I must...it works!
Finishing grad school has been grueling but this book, suggested by my advisor, has helped me write it with a clearer understanding.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne Weidner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of Case Study Methods
This is an excellent choice for someone who seeks to understand the use of case study methods in research. It is a must read before attempting to design a study using this method. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert F. George
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
The book is full of good information. I recommend purchasing if considering conducting qualitative research. Was very helpful for me.
Published 6 months ago by PhD Leaner
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