Case study research
2011 (English)In: Interdisciplinary energy system methodology: A compilation of research methods used in the Energy Systems Programme / [ed] Magnus Karlsson & Jenny Palm, Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2011, 12-15 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
A case study is a frequently used concept, but depending on tradition the term may have different meanings. In the design of a case study, one of the most important determinants, apart from the choice of studying multiple or single cases, is the maximization of construct validity, internal validity, external validity, and reliability. The preparation for doing a case study include, for example, the prior skills of the investigator, the training and preparation for the specific case study, the development of a case study protocol, and the screening of candidate case studies. Six main sources of information could be used when conducting case study research: documentation, archival records, interviews (including questionnaires), direct observations, participant observations, and physical artifacts. Case study research is particularly advantageous when “how” or “why” questions are asked about a current set of events over which the researcher has minor or no control. The method is particularly beneficial when studying a complex phenomenon involving one or both of these two questions. If the studied system or case is complex but does not involve the aforementioned questions, or if the study involves a lower degree of complexity, other methods may be more advantageous. Case study research has been a widely used approach when studying energy systems from various perspectives, including Swedish research studying efficient district heating supply, industrial energy efficiency and ventilation, energy systems analysis, and industrial symbiosis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2011. 12-15 p.
Arbetsnotat / Program Energisystem, ISSN 1403-8307 ; 45
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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