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Critical realism in case study research

Published on Jan 1, 2010in Industrial Marketing Management4.78
· DOI :10.1016/j.indmarman.2008.06.004
Geoff Easton17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Lancaster University)
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Abstract Case study research is the most popular research method for researchers in industrial marketing. However despite a number of attempts the problem of satisfactorily justifying the use of case research remains. This paper proposes critical realism as a coherent, rigorous and novel philosophical position that not only substantiates case research as a research method but also provides helpful implications for both theoretical development and research process. The article describes the critical realist approach due to Sayer and develops a general application of a critical realist approach to case research. An example of its use in practice is presented using a case study of the development of a buyer–seller relationship after the installation of a new MIS system.
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Published on Oct 17, 2006in Georgetown Law Journal3.47
Jon D. Hanson11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Harvard University),
David G. Yosifon4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Santa Clara University)
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Arch G. Woodside51
Estimated H-index: 51
(BC: Boston College),
Hugh M. Pattinson7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UTS: University of Technology, Sydney),
Kenneth E. Miller9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UTS: University of Technology, Sydney)
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Marianne Wikgren15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Åbo Akademi University)
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Ronald L. Trosper13
Estimated H-index: 13
(UBC: University of British Columbia)
The effort to combine analysis of ecosystems and social systems requires a firm theoretical basis. When humans are present in an ecosystem, their actions affect emergent structures; this paper examines forms of emergence that account for the presence of humans. Humans monitor and regulate ecosystems based on their cultural systems. Cultural systems consist of concepts linked in complicated ways that can form consistent world views, can contain inconsistencies, and may or may not accurately model...
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Raymond W. K. Lau9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Published on May 1, 2004in American Political Science Review3.90
John Gerring30
Estimated H-index: 30
(BU: Boston University)
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Steve Fleetwood9
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Published on Dec 1, 2003in Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing1.96
Woodside Arch1
Estimated H-index: 1
(BC: Boston College),
Wilson Elizabeth1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Suffolk University)
This article provides a new definition for case study research. Achieving deep understanding of processes and other concept variables (e.g. actors’ perceptions of their own thinking processes, intentions and contextual influences) is identified as the principal objective of case study research. Using multiple methods to “triangulate” (i.e. confirm and deepen understanding by using multiple sources all focusing on the same process/event) within the same case is described. The article outlines the...
Published on Jun 1, 2003in Interdisciplinary Science Reviews0.14
Peter Dickens1
Estimated H-index: 1
AbstractA number of contemporary issues demand transdisciplinarity, a fusion between insights from different disciplines within some overarching framework. Yet too often in such cases the disciplines continue to talk past each other. This paper focuses on critical realism as a way of coordinating the disciplines. Critical realism provides a view of reality as stratified, with real causal mechanisms operating at the physical, biological, and social levels, and combining with each other to generat...
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Estimated H-index: 6
(UKC: University of Kent),
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Estimated H-index: 15
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Estimated H-index: 2
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