The research—case studies and research methods

Andrew Sturdy, Karen Handley, Timothy Clark and Robin Fincham

in Management Consultancy

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199212644
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191707339 | DOI:
The research—case studies and research methods

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The assumptions, methods, practices, and contexts of the research are set out as a reference point for the analysis in subsequent chapters. In particular, the issues involved in obtaining research access for an observational and exploratory study of client‐consultant relations are discussed before providing overviews of each of the case study projects and their key participants. The methods of data collection used (e.g. observation, interviews and documents) are then described along with those of data analysis such as data coding techniques. Finally, the process through which core topics of boundary complexity, sector knowledge, challenge and humour were selected along with the use of data to develop them is set out.

Keywords: case study; observation; research access; research methods; data analysis

Chapter.  10695 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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