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Using Case Studies As An Approach For Conducting Agribusiness Research

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  • Sterns, James A.
  • Schweikhardt, David B.
  • Peterson, H. Christopher

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Many agricultural economists are not familiar with case study research, yet the approach is a useful means of collecting data, and building and testing theory. Case study research has a prescribed set of objectives, epistemology, methodology, and methods that have been developed and tested in a wide range of scholarly and pragmatic situations. This paper reviews these fundamentals, and then demonstrates the case study approach within the context of an agribusiness research project. This application exemplifies how case study research is capable of generating a robust, comprehensive array of "knowledge" about complex, highly inter-dependent and dynamic social phenomena.

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Staff Papers with number 11545.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midasp:11545

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Keywords: Agribusiness; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;

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  1. Sterns, James A. & Peterson, H. Christopher, 1996. "The Propensity To Enter And Exit Export Markets: A Mail Survey Of Smaller Agri-Food Firms In Michigan," Staff Papers 11755, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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  3. Sterns, James A. & Peterson, H. Christopher & Schweikhardt, David B., 1997. "The Globalization Of Smaller Agri-Food Firms: Concepts, Findings And Prescriptive Recommendations," Staff Papers 11801, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
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