Case Study Research: Principles and Practices provides a general understanding of the case study method as well as specific tools for its successful implementation. These tools are applicable in a variety of fields including anthropology, business and management, communications, economics, education, medicine, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. Topics include: a survey of case study approaches; a methodologically tractable definition of 'case study'; strategies for case selection, including random sampling and other algorithmic approaches; quantitative and qualitative modes of case study analysis; and problems of internal and external validity. The second edition of this core textbook is designed to be accessible to readers who are new to the subject and is thoroughly revised and updated, incorporating recent research and numerous up-to-date studies.
This book presents a well-detailed approach and clearly outlined steps and concepts to research theory and practice. Using relevant illustrations, Dr. Ndikaru takes the reader through an in-depth understanding of various areas and concepts of research such as: nature and meaning of social research; stages in research process; research design; research questions and research hypothesis; conceptual and theoretical framework; literature review; measurement in research and sampling design; case study and survey methods; techniques of interviewing; data collection instruments; validity and reliability of research instruments; data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation; writing a research report; and writing a bibliography. The book is a very resourceful handbook to undergraduate and graduate students. It is also very useful to NGOs, government ministries and other policy makers dealing with research and development issues.
The research work is the case study on Pune Municipal Corporation on the usage of Knowledge Management for e- Governance practiced. The study consisted of the input variables of Knowledge Management used by the Pune Municipal Corporation employees for the smooth functioning of the e- governance activities. A conceptual model was designed and it is further recommended for testing through Structure equation modelling.This book is beneficial for the researchers testing the KM for e- governance activities at bottom of the pyramid.
The aim of this research was to document operations of Business Factory Learning Environment and its added value to students in Vaasa University of Applied Sciences. The research covers the years between 2005 – 2009. The Empirical case study reveals the story of one Team Entrepreneur and the development of his business idea while learning about entrepreneurship at Team Entrepreneurship Studies in Business Factory''s learning environment. Theoretical frame focuses on entrepreneurship, networking, social capital and knowledge share in the Team Entrepreneurship study module. Research methods are qualitative research with narrative in-depth interview in the empirical case study. The results of the research reveal the importance of a supporting network in the development of a business idea and the added value for each individual student who becomes a Team Entrepreneur in Finland. The practical implication of this research is a model of a larger supporting network which focuses on the development of students'' own business ideas and promotion of entrepreneurship as a possible career opportunity in university.
Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills is the most comprehensive research methods for politics textbook available. Written especially for politics students, its practical and relevant step-by-step approach to the subject equips students with the essential skills they need to successfully conduct independent study and research.
Practice-Based Design Research provides a companion to masters and PhD programs in design research through practice. The contributors address a range of models and approaches to practice-based research, consider relationships between industry and academia, researchers and designers, discuss initiatives to support students and faculty during the research process, and explore how students' experiences of undertaking practice-based research has impacted their future design and research practice. The text is illustrated throughout with case study examples by authors who have set up, taught or undertaken practice-based design research, in a range of national and institutional contexts.
Gain a greater understanding of organizational capacity to do and use evaluation and implications for evaluation capacity building (ECB). This volume is unique in that it represents a multiple case study of eight organizations that were committed to ECB. It: Situates the study in terms of ECB theory and research Delineates a conceptual framework Presents case profile reports and the results of a cross-case analysis. Discusses findings in terms of implications for research, theory, and practice. This is the 141st issue in the New Directions for Evaluation series from Jossey-Bass. It is an official publication of the American Evaluation Association.
As schools increasingly adopt new technologies in enhancing teaching and learning, models of teacher professional development are also evolving. To ensure that teacher training programmes effectively assist them in integrating technology in instructional processes, a study was initiated to determine a more acceptable model of teacher professional development. This publication is structured into five chapters as follows: Chapter 1 provides a general orientation to the research work notably the background to the study, problem statement, objectives of the study, research questions, significance of the study, limitations of the study, and definition of operational terms. Chapter 2 comprises a literature review of related studies. Chapter 3 dwells on the research methodology which covers the research sample, research method, research instruments, method of data collection and analysis techniques. The discussion and findings of the entire research work are presented in Chapter 4, while the final conclusion and recommendations make up Chapter 5.
The research study in this book examines the direct and empirical relationship between project managers’ leadership styles, years of experience and critical success factors in relation to the measured project success. The research study presented in this book was proposed at the doctoral dissertation level and deemed scientifically necessary for evaluation in order to solve the research problem and to fill the gap that was lacking in literature. The significance of this research study is that it contributes to more in depth and better understanding about the key factors that relate to project success. This book can be beneficial to students, researchers, leaders, managers, team members, stakeholders, and business owners who are interested in learning more about the research topic and in the empirical data results provided in the book. In addition, with practical application, the results of the research study presented in this book can contribute to the improvement of project success rates across various business organizations and industries, provide justification for the improvement of training programs for project managers, and can serve as a base for further research study.
This book serve as a guide to students studying research methods in higher education and is from the perspective of a researcher/student. The author provides a step by step guide to research methodology and methods from a doctorate student’s perspective undertaking a post graduate course of study in education. This is book serves as an essential guide for research students. The author discusses philosophical issues in conducting research and builds upon the work of several other contributors in this area to develop her own empirical and pilot study. She also takes into consideration issues of data collection, data analysis, ethics, research design and approaches adopted when conducting research. As a prelude, the author analyses four articles to discover the approaches adopted by the theorists and provide a review of this.
Are high school students ready for college mathematics? This qualitative case study examined how fifteen former high school students from a small, rural high school in central Vermont perceived their preparedness for college level mathematics and identified recommendations for improvement. Student interviews and math assessment data for each participant were analyzed to respond to the research question. The interview protocol consisted of one-on-one semi-structured phone interviews that were recorded for transcription. Thirteen open-ended questions were developed to answer the research question and sub-questions grounded in the research literature and specific concerns identified by the math teachers defined in the case study. The conceptual framework for this research study included six areas that influenced student success in preparation for college mathematics: improving communication and aligning standards between high school and college; expectations, confidence, and belief in capabilities; transition programs; assessing readiness; interventions and recommendations for high school programming; and student perception and voice.
As trade liberalization and globalization have resulted in the free flow of goods, it is important that all role players in the supply chain are effective and efficient. Ports, as one of the role players in the transportation of goods should also be responsive should also be efficient. This book is about the research conducted to determine and evaluate the role of logistics in the value chain of steel products that pass through Durban Port.. The study analysis all logistics activities like transportation, warehousing, handling, quality control of goods and a just-in-time management approach. Formal interviews and case study was conducted. Research findings are reported. Recommendations based on research conducted were offered.
The overriding consensus in existing mainstream literature in migration study is that international migrants may in some specific way constitute a security threat to destination state/s. Even though this resembles very plausible, the author in this research has proceeded in a different way so as to unveil the alternative scenario. Accordingly, analysing the security threats accruing from migrants returning home will be the main tenet of this research. In doing so, the researcher has tried to approach the problem from sociological, security, migration, legal and economic points of view. As a result, this research will be useful for academicians, government authorities, researchers working in the area as well as for students.
The study examined institutional repositories containing documents on women’s studies developed in India and Canada. The study first identified repositories in India and Canada, then developed tool for evaluation and finally evaluated repositories against the criteria developed by the researcher. The open access movement has gained a lot of importance in Canada and India. This has been evident from the number of research studies done by the Indian research scholars. But in case of material about women’s studies which is a bit disappointment to the India. In case of science and technology subject there are almost more than 15,00,000 documents available through Indian repositories. So there is a need to popularise/publicise about the importance of repositories among the universities that are having women’s studies center.
Inventory management is among the most important topics in Operations Management. This book is focus to study the demand, deterioration, shortages etc. of inventory models. This book contains brief history of Operations Research and basic terminology of inventory systems etc. This book should be useful to Post Graduate and research students in the field of Management, Engineering Sciences, Economics and mathematics.
Despite the abundant research regarding individual-level feedback, few studies examine team feedback, particularly the relationship between team feedback reactions and organizational performance. Through a field study and a lab study, this paper examines two reactions to team feedback, blaming and strategizing, and their relationship to team performance. Study 1 showed that both blaming and strategizing occur in about 1/3 of team feedback meetings in an international sample of teams. Blaming was found to negatively correlate with productivity improvement (r = -.59), whereas strategizing was found to positively correlate with productivity improvement (r = .33). Study 2 was a lab study conducted to address the limitations from Study 1. The results from Study 2 were mixed. These results suggest further research is warranted.
Whether it's designing a study, conducting an experiment, or analyzing the results, research methods are an integral part of Psychology. In this student-friendly introduction, Walker covers the different types of study, quantitative data, statistics and ethics. This book is the perfect tool to help build students' confidence in this vital area.
This research analyzes the crisis communication messages of the two organizations: British Petroleum (BP) and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The study looks at the organizations’ press-releases, Facebook updates, and tweets. The research looks at detecting four main themes in the companies’ crisis communication messages: trust, collaboration, commitment, and interactivity. This study then goes on to look at the crisis communication strategies.
This research provides a multi-dimensional case study of the online teaching persona of four successful undergraduate college professors. The literature presents mounting evidence of the growth and momentum of the online college education. Also, the literature presents evidence that multiple resources become necessary if best practices and strategies are to be successfully integrated into online courses. The research has found that a persona change occurs when the faculty member transitions from the face-to-face to the online classroom. Utilizing this foundation, this study adds to the literature and clarifies the online teaching persona, incorporated characteristics, and strategies used by four successful undergraduate professors in a large university setting in the southern United States.
This is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the methods researchers use to study child language, written by experienced scholars in the study of language development. Presents a comprehensive survey of laboratory and naturalistic techniques used in the study of different domains of language, age ranges, and populations, and explains the questions addressed by each technique Presents new research methods, such as the use of functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study the activity of the brain Expands on more traditional research methods such as collection, transcription, and coding of speech samples that have been transformed by new hardware and software
Research is a fundamental part of midwifery practice. However, not everyone finds it easy to understand the basic principles, and particularly the language of research. This accessible handbook enables midwives and student midwives to firstly understand how to search and make sense of research evidence, how to write a research proposal and finally how to undertake a research study. The Handbook of Midwifery Research specifically focuses on the needs of midwives and students and helps increase the knowledge and understanding of midwifery research, enabling the reader to undertake research with confidence. With case studies, learning objectives and clear examples throughout, this is an essential purchase for any midwife or student wanting to understand or undertake research. This handbook includes useful tools and techniques to assist midwives and students to keep themselves up-to-date with the best available evidence, enabling them to apply this evidence to their own clinical practice. An essential resource for midwifery students as well as qualified midwives Clear, straightforward, and accessible in style Provides midwives and students with the skills to undertake research with confidence Provides examples throughout to apply research to midwifery practice Includes a glossary of research terms
Is the time honored"career fair" a viable educational tool to support high school students in becoming college and career ready? The research in this study examines this question as it pertains to Career GPS, a large scale career exploration event for thousands of students in Sacramento, California - USA. The theoretical basis for the study is drawn from Bandura's seminal research on Social Cognitive Theory and later work by Lent, Brown and Hackett on Social Cognitive Career Theory. Using a mixed methods, single case study approach, the qualitative portion of the research recorded the stories that exited with high school students and adults after experiencing the event. The quantitative portion of the research utilized a liker-scale survey returned by exhibitors and stakeholder/sponsors at Career GPS to determine how they valued their monetary and personnel time investment in the career fair. Research conclusions support student self-efficacy as a strong focal point for career exploration.
This research study started from Feb 2014 to Feb 2015. During one year, research work did at Institute for Energy Transmission and Technological Application, Northwest University, Xi’an, China. According to the research schedule time, the title of “Optimum Model Plan of Wind Power Project Development for Rural Electrification in Myanmar” got implemented step by step. In the first option of research, the wind power density map of Myanmar was developed and the preliminary wind resources assessment of the country has been assessed based on MERRA data. In the second option, the research study intends to find the promising wind resources to develop wind energy project in Myanmar and assess the economic viability of proposed sites. In the last option of research, storage wind diesel hybrid model can be implemented with the specified area, suitable wind turbine, optimum design according to the result of the research options. Thus, the research study can implement to introduce the first instrument to start the development of wind energy projects in Myanmar cooperation with authorities, private investors or banks for further steps.
The bestselling guide to qualitative research, updated and expanded Qualitative Research is the essential guide to understanding, designing, conducting, and presenting a qualitative research study. This fourth edition features new material covering mixed methods, action research, arts-based research, online data sources, and the latest in data analysis, including data analysis software packages as well as narrative and poetic analysis strategies. A new section offers multiple ways of presenting qualitative research findings. The reader-friendly, jargon-free style makes this book accessible to both novice and experienced researchers, emphasizing the role of a theoretical framework in designing a study while providing practical guidance. Qualitative research reaches beyond the what, where, and when of quantitative analysis to investigate the why and how behind human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior, but this presents a number of significant challenges. This guide is an invaluable reference for students and practitioners alike, providing the deep understanding that this sometimes difficult area of research requires to produce accurate results. The book contains a step-by-step guide to analyzing qualitative data and an addendum for graduate students with a template for a thesis, dissertation, or grant application. Build a strong foundation in qualitative research theory and application Design and implement effective qualitative research studies Communicate findings more successfully with clear presentation Explore data sources, data analysis tools, and the different types of research
Guiding FFICM and EDIC exam candidates through the intensive care medicine curriculum, this book provides 48 case studies mapped to eight key areas of study in the UK and European syllabuses. Cases include clinical vignettes, explanations and a list of key learning points, while also being formatted along the structure of FICM case reports. Key clinical management points are identified and linked to appropriate scientific or evidence-based research and case studies chosen reflect a general population relevant to a worldwide readership. Conditions covered are significant to large areas of clinical practice as well as more discrete specialist knowledge, making this an essential study guide for trainees preparing for exams in intensive care medicine and also a useful learning tool for candidates in related disciplines such as anaesthesia (FRCA), emergency medicine (MCEM) and surgery (MRCS).
Stress has often been in the spotlight in the work-place. However, international research, and specifically South African research, on this subject is scant. Given the lack of research pertaining to this aspect of wellness, this study was done to explore and describe occupational wellness in special needs, within the education sector. This knowledge could be valuable in order to avoid (and to manage) the factors causing occupational stress. The research methodology chosen for this study entailed semi-structured interviews with staff who work in the special needs education sector. The research found that staff experience job dissatisfaction, discontent and despondency, mainly due to organizational structure; occupational complexities; and leadership style. However, positive attributes that contribute to the staff occupational wellness such as the opportunities afforded the staff for their own growth, individual motivation, and work relationships were found.
The study in this research has provided deeper future of the use of the factors of billboard when designing a billboard. According to the findings of this research it makes way for some further attractive research opportunities. The researcher provides the following suggestions for further study: • To experiment the conclusions on a much larger random sample to get more accurate result. • Use of observational research to investigate whether sexual emotion actually attracts the attention of the customers or not. • To inspect the perception of a billboard with the personality of the product as a base instead of gender. • To further examine the billboard as an outdoor advertising vehicle in specific product segment. • Use of observational research to investigate whether billboard advertisement in the working area actually attracts customers attention or not.
The aim of this work is to review theoretical perspectives on social research methodology in order to evaluate the choice of methodological and ethical issues against the wide range of methods available. It is adapted from a fieldwork undertaken in Libya. This study is shaped with the research questions outlined in the abstract. Accordingly, the research design, data collection and analysis were all influenced by the research questions. This research, therefore, uses epistemological and ontological position, research design, qualitative research methods, data analysis and ethical issues, which arose during the research progress in the fieldwork to address the research questions.
Exploratory case study research examined how knowledgeable Hawaii parents are on the physical, psychological, and social aspects of crystal methamphetamine (meth) addiction and how often they discuss these ramifications of meth addiction with their children. Through doctoral research, collected data can assist the Hawaii Meth Project (HMP) in determining the need for parental interaction to help supplement their outreach mission to the teenagers of Hawaii to not try meth, “not even once.”
This book aims to examine personnel organization and staff specialization through behavioral outlook in front offices of seven five-star Majorcan luxury hotels. As per multiple case study research design, all the staff in all seven front offices where subject to research. As a result of the investigation, this book attempts to create a concept of efficient and effective front office operation management through behavioral approach, which focuses on employee organization and specialization rather than on processes. However, processes were also subject to examination and report