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Qualitative Case Study Research as Empirical Inquiry

, , Department of Human Resource Development, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, United States

IJAVET Volume 7, Number 3, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global


This article introduces the concept of qualitative case study research as empirical inquiry. It defines and distinguishes what a case study is, the purposes, intentions, and types of case studies. It then describes how to determine if a qualitative case study is the preferred approach for conducting research. It overviews the essential steps in designing qualitative case study research, including the role of literature and theory, approaches for collecting data and analyzing it, as well as how to write up and present case study findings. It articulates how to avoid common pitfalls when engaging in qualitative case study research and concludes with the strengths and limitations associated with this form of empirical inquiry.


Ellinger, A. & McWhorter, R. (2016). Qualitative Case Study Research as Empirical Inquiry. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 7(3), 1-13. IGI Global. Retrieved November 17, 2019 from .