Redefining Case Study

Robert VanWynsberghe, Samia Khan

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In this paper the authors propose a more precise and encompassing definition of case study than is usually found. They support their definition by clarifying that case study is neither a method nor a methodology nor a research design as suggested by others. They use a case study prototype of their own design to propose common properties of case study and demonstrate how these properties support their definition. Next, they present several living myths about case study and refute them in relation to their definition. Finally, they discuss the interplay between the terms case study and unit of analysis to further delineate their definition of case study. The target audiences for this paper include case study researchers, research design and methods instructors, and graduate students interested in case study research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-94
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Methods
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


  • qualitative methodology
  • heuristic
  • research design


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