О Недоразумениях, Связанных С Кейс - Стади (Five Misunderstandings about Case-Study Research: Part 1)

Sociologhicheskye Issledovanya, no. 4, pp. 110-120. Russian translation by Nikolai V. Romanovsky (2005)

11 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2013

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Я заинтересовался кейс-стади (ниже - КС), изучая взаимовлияния власти и рациональности [1]. Но учителя и коллеги уговаривали меня не использовать его. "Нельзя обобщать один случай, - говорили мне. - Социальная наука - это обобщение". Другие считали кейс-стади пригодными для пилотажа, но не в масштабном исследовании. Третьи говорили, что КС - субъективны, дают простор интерпретациям исследователя, подрывают валидность. Я не знал, как реагировать на эти отражения обиходных представлений и решил посмотреть, верны ли они, И вот что получилось.

This article examines five common misunderstandings about case-study research: (a) theoretical knowledge is more valuable than practical knowledge; (b) one cannot generalize from a single case, therefore, the single-case study cannot contribute to scientific development; (c) the case study is most useful for generating hypotheses, whereas other methods are more suitable for hypotheses testing and theory building; (d) the case study contains a bias toward verification; and (e) it is often difficult to summarize specific case studies. This article 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 a discipline without exemplars is an ineffective one. Social science may be strengthened by the execution of a greater number of good case studies.

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Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent, О Недоразумениях, Связанных С Кейс - Стади (Five Misunderstandings about Case-Study Research: Part 1) (2005). Sociologhicheskye Issledovanya, no. 4, pp. 110-120. Russian translation by Nikolai V. Romanovsky (2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278316

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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