Are Rigor and Transparency Enough? Review and Future Directions for Case Studies in Technology and Innovation Management

R and D Management, 50(3), 309-328. doi:10.1111/radm.12412

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 27 Dec 2021

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Ziad Elsahn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School

Kenneth Husted

University of Auckland Business School

Stefan Korber

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

It is crucial to assess how technology and innovation management (TIM) scholars use case-based research. Our study provides a theoretical systematic review of qualitative case-based articles published in 31 TIM journals from 2013 to 2018. Our analysis of 311 articles uncovers patterns regarding rigor (including case justification and selection), transparency (including data collection and analytical methods), and paradigmatic consistency and pluralism. Our findings show some evidence of emerging pluralism in how TIM researchers perform qualitative case studies, but also highlight some worrying trends: paradigmatic inconsistencies, lack of transparency, and over-reliance on specific approaches, all of which affect the value of case study research. We provide methodological guidelines for improving the use of qualitative case research in TIM. Full paper available at https://doi.org/10.1111/radm.12412

Suggested Citation

Elsahn, Ziad and Callagher, Lisa J and Husted, Kenneth and Korber, Stefan and Siedlok, Frank, Are Rigor and Transparency Enough? Review and Future Directions for Case Studies in Technology and Innovation Management (2020). R and D Management, 50(3), 309-328. doi:10.1111/radm.12412, The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3990447

Ziad Elsahn (Contact Author)

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Lisa J Callagher

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Kenneth Husted

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Stefan Korber

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

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