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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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Case study research is increasingly important in agricultural economics as a 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 problem-solving situations. This article 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 interdependent and dynamic economic and social phenomena.

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  • Sterns, James A. & Schweikhardt, David B. & Peterson, H. Christopher, 1998. "Using Case Studies As An Approach For Conducting Agribusiness Research," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 1(03).
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    1. McCloskey, Donald N, 1985. "The Loss Function Has Been Mislaid: The Rhetoric of Significance Tests," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 75(2), pages 201-205, May.
    2. 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.
    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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