Case Research in Public Management by David E McNabb

By David E McNabb

Hugely readable and non-technical, this instruction manual is designed to aid scholars and non-profit managers achieve a operating wisdom of the rules and practices of undertaking qualitative case examine study in public companies. This e-book is a motherload of functional and accomplished counsel to making plans, undertaking, examining, and reporting case examine venture findings. McNabb starts off with an in depth cause for using the case study process in public management, non-profit companies, and political technological know-how. Then it offers step by step directions on the best way to behavior single-case, multicase, and meta-analysis examine, with guidance on organizing and writing the case file. Case study in Public administration additionally comprises many examples of case reports in a variety of very important subject matters in public management, together with functionality administration, sustainable executive, know-how administration, safeguard matters, emergency and catastrophe administration, social and healthiness companies, infrastructure, public transportation, and remodeling the paintings of presidency.

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Kaarbo and Beasley (1999) warned that cases should be chosen to control for alternative causes of a hypothesized relationship, and not for comparability on nontheoretically derived properties. Choosing Cases with Variability Variation in the values of the dependent variable is the second important criterion for deciding which cases to select. Without this variation, the researcher will not be able to make inferences about the phenomenon under study. The explanatory variables can exist in cases that are not about the phenomenon.

The second focuses on what may be the most important question in case research—how to select the case or cases to study. The case method is typically chosen when the researcher wants to delve deeply into or produce a richer description of a phenomenon than survey or experimental research designs would be able to achieve. The case selection question is approached from two different points: (1) how to select the case in a single-case design and (2) how to pick cases when selecting two or more cases in a multicase design.

In this way, it is similar to the use of statistical data in traditional total quality management and continuous process or product improvement programs. The data are presented and discussed at monthly meetings in which managers explain progress and failures to meet goals and objectives, and new strategies and tactics are formulated. 23 Chapter 2 How and Why Researchers Pick the Cases They Study Selecting which cases to study is usually a simple matter in single-case designs; researchers study the case that they are most familiar with or one that they have access to and holds the promise of providing an interesting and rewarding research experience.

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