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Case study research methods for firm and market research

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  • Randall Westgren

    (Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois)

  • Kelly Zering

    (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University)

Abstract

Case studies are a useful analytical tool for researching firms and industries in transition, so as to gain insights that may not be found in historical time series. However, it is incumbent on researchers to show process rigor in using this tool for theory-building and theory-testing. The article makes prescriptions for case study research design and execution. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Randall Westgren & Kelly Zering, 1998. "Case study research methods for firm and market research," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(5), pages 415-423.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:14:y:1998:i:5:p:415-423
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6297(199809/10)14:5<415::AID-AGR7>3.0.CO;2-Y
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