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2005 | 2(177) | 41-69
Article title

Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research

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The author examines five common misunderstandings about case-study research: (1) Theoretical knowledge is more valuable than practical knowledge; (2) One cannot generalize from a single case, therefore the single case study cannot contribute to scientific development; (3) The case study is most useful for generating hypotheses, while other methods are more suitable for hypotheses testing and theory building; (4) The case study contains a bias toward verification; and (5) It is often difficult to summarize specific case studies. He explains and corrects these misunderstandings one by one and concludes with the Kuhnian insight that a scientific discipline without a large number of thoroughly executed case studies is a discipline without systematic production of exemplars, and that a discipline without exemplars is an ineffective one. Social science may be strengthened by the execution of more good quality case studies.
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41-69
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ARTICLE
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  • B. Flyvbjerg, Aalborg University, Department of Development and Planing, Fibigerstraede 11, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
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05PLAAAA0031759
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bwmeta1.element.5b919742-b4bb-3e2d-ba66-e2cb5f6caa75
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