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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Fourth Edition edition (29 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412960991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412960991
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 predoctoral students in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

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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.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jackson on 6 July 2011
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I have read the other reviews and it's important to say that I would not want to undermine their enthusiasm for the value reviewers have found in this book. Consequently, I'm not going to add to comments about the content.

The problem with this book is that it is written from a particular epistemological viewpoint which, importantly, it does not examine. Consequently, not only are many of the arguments it presents simply not applicable to whole areas of social research, but more importantly, that this might not be evident to the reader.

Take the example of 'rigour'.

On p24 Yin states that "Case study designs need to maximize their quality through four critical conditions related to design quality: (a) construct validity, (b) internal validity, (c) external validity, (d) reliability." Later (p40) he argues that "the four tests are common to all social science methods" (p40). Many other texts and many other researchers would contend that this is an inherently positivist perspective which does not represent the values and criteriology that emerge from other epistemological stances. (To explore alternatives I recommend a paper by Tsoukas and chapter by Byrne - see below).

Positivism is all very well, but I feel even positivist research has a duty to be more critically reflexive, even if only in passing.

Refs:

Byrne, D. (2009) Case-Based Methods: why we need them; what they are; how to do them. In: D. Byrne & C. C. Ragin eds. The SAGE handbook of case-based methods. London, SAGE.

Tsoukas, H. (1989) The Validity of Idiographic Research Explanations. The Academy of Management Review, 14 (4), pp.551-561.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 21 Aug. 2009
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There is no mystery why this book has been successfully published and again several times.

This book is a must about case study methodology, as it explains the whole process from beginning to end in the best possible manner. The writing is very clear and informative, and it goes straight to the point all the way through.

To support understanding and appropriation of the method, the various steps of the process are explained in various ways so that the reader has little risk to be left in the dark.

Whatever career stage or sector the reader will be, this book is extremely useful to keep clear about what case study research can do, and should enable to do.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nursie on 4 Feb. 2009
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This book is excellent for Qualitative Researchers undertaking Case Study as Methodology, Yin clarifies the complex definitions and how to define your case. Each chapter assist you throughout your studt, the language is also easy to understand. I am currently in my third year PhD study and this book (and others by Yin) is invaluable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dodi on 6 Feb. 2013
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I have been using this book for my doctoral thesis. It is exceptionally useful and goes into detail that no other recent enough book that I can find does. It explains pretty much everything you need to know about case study research.

However, I would concur with, Peter Jackson's review. You could argue that, case studies by nature, tend to be more of a relativist epistemology and ontology, yet Yin very much seems to come from a positivist place in this book. Therefore, at times I find some of the content slightly contradictory. Other examples of this, for instance, are that there are lots of small caveats regarding exploratory designs for matters that are heavily reinforced for ALL case study design elsewhere in the text without these caveats (e.g. propositions and rival explanations, theoretical frameworks, logic etc.). Also, it does not explain some concepts in the basic terms. For instance, I could not find a specific definition, in Yin's terms, of a `theoretical proposition' anywhere. Defining a concept in basic terms is essential for any levels of study.

As probably one of the less academic doctoral students you'd meet, I have to be honest and say I find this book mind numbing! After several weeks of getting stuck with this book while writing up, I have moved on to various other (older) books and papers and now just dip in and out of this. Sorry to disagree with all the other reviews raving about this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wise one on 27 Oct. 2010
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This book is a valuable learning aid to understanding both the epistomology and practical ontology of case study as a research methodology. The book is both concise and authoratative. It has been valuable in enhancing my knowledge and understanding and I am fortunate to have read the book and be able to share my learning with my tutees.It is an essential buy if you want to undertake this type of research
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Winn on 19 Oct. 2010
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Downloaded this to kindle. It is not possible to read important tables in that medium. Cancelled order, no problem. Will now order hard copy - content is invaluable to anyone undertaking this type of research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lawrence Ngoe on 27 July 2010
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This text is a classic.It's been written in a very simple and straight-forward manner with very succinct illustrations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Costa on 14 Feb. 2010
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This is a very good book, well structured and very helpful to who is doing research studies involving pilots and case studies.
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