Case Research in Public Management by David E McNabb

By David E McNabb

Hugely readable and non-technical, this instruction manual is designed to aid scholars and non-profit managers achieve a operating wisdom of the rules and practices of engaging in qualitative case learn learn in public companies. This e-book is a motherload of useful and finished tips to making plans, accomplishing, studying, and reporting case study undertaking findings. McNabb starts with an in depth purpose for using the case examine procedure in public management, non-profit enterprises, and political technological know-how. Then it presents step by step directions on how one can behavior single-case, multicase, and meta-analysis learn, with instructions on organizing and writing the case file. Case study in Public administration additionally comprises many examples of case experiences in quite a lot of very important subject matters in public management, together with functionality administration, sustainable govt, know-how administration, safeguard concerns, emergency and catastrophe administration, social and future health providers, infrastructure, public transportation, and remodeling the paintings of presidency.

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1 Purposes for Selecting the Case Research Method Reasons to Select the Case Research Method To establish a theory or theories To test an existing theory or theories To identify a previous contributing condition To establish the importance of the contributing condition To establish the importance of the case Other researchers have described a variety of different scenarios that make the case study method a particularly appropriate design. ” For maximum value, however, Bailey concluded that, regardless of the underlying purpose for doing the case research, the ideal case study was one that had value for both practitioners and academics.

Sources may be personal interviews conducted with experts. Sources may come from the extensive body of domestic and international professional or occupational literature, or from current and past textbooks. Or they may be from other published materials such as newspapers, encyclopedias, yearbooks, unpublished papers, opinion pieces by other scholars, or material prepared expressly for and existing only on the Internet. Testing Theories That Already Exist Case studies may be used for both testing existing theories and developing new theories (Van Evera 1997; George and Bennett 2005).

Mohr (1992) resolved the question of whether case studies can or should be used to explain causation by claiming that there is more than one type of causality in social science: physical causality and logical causation. Physical causation is explained by the reaction between a force and a motion, as in the example of billiard balls moving after being struck by a cue ball: A causes B. The point of physical causality research is to bring out the relationship between force and motion, between 12 What Is Case Research?

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