By David E McNabb
Hugely readable and non-technical, this instruction manual is designed to assist scholars and non-profit managers achieve a operating wisdom of the foundations and practices of carrying out qualitative case examine study in public businesses. This e-book is a motherload of useful and finished assistance to making plans, engaging in, studying, and reporting case learn undertaking findings. McNabb starts off with a close motive for using the case study process in public management, non-profit companies, and political technological know-how. Then it presents step by step directions on how you can behavior single-case, multicase, and meta-analysis learn, with guidance on organizing and writing the case document. Case examine in Public administration additionally comprises many examples of case stories in a variety of vital subject matters in public management, together with functionality administration, sustainable executive, know-how administration, safety matters, emergency and catastrophe administration, social and overall healthiness providers, infrastructure, public transportation, and remodeling the paintings of presidency.
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They should complement statistics. Unfortunately, however, case study research methods often assume deterministic relationships among the variables of interest; and failure to heed the lessons of statistical inference often leads to serious inferential errors, some of which are easy to avoid. (Sekhon 2004, 281) Cases and Causal Inference Case research is seldom used as a means of extrapolating small sample findings to a larger sample or population. In fact, the chief criticism of case research in general has been that is usually intended to be descriptive and therefore not usually valid for making causal inferences.
Developing Theory from Cases Establishing a theory upon which to base predictions of future events is an important reason for much of the published research in the administrative and social sciences (Eisenhardt 1999; George and Bennett 2005). In a review of works that used the case study method to examine city planning and planners, Fischler (2000) noted that case studies are uniquely suited for exploring the interaction of personal behavior and collective institutions, and for discovering and explaining the interplay of agency and structure.
The Question of Causality in Case Research The case is thus a descriptive study of one or a few particular entities and, therefore, is only minimally appropriate when the research objective is to make inferences of causality. Case studies should not be considered typical or representative, nor should they be considered to have external validity. Because each case study is unique, it must be considered as a description and not typical of a larger set. However, the topic of the case study may be selected and described as a way of identifying a theoretical relationship between antecedents and events or conclusions (Roberts 2005).