Case Study Research and Theory Building Academic Article uri icon


  • The problem and the solution. This chapter overviews case study research and proposes a manner in which case study research can contribute to theory building in applied disciplines. Although theory building using case study research has been discussed previously in the literature, there is no clarity as to how case study research can be used to build theory. Moreover, it should not be assumed that there is clarity on the processes of case writing, case studies, or case study research. This chapter presents definitions, purposes, and elements of case study research for the purpose of understanding how case study research can be used to build theory in applied disciplines.

published proceedings

  • Advances in Developing Human Resources

author list (cited authors)

  • Dooley, L. M.

citation count

  • 163

complete list of authors

  • Dooley, Larry M

publication date

  • August 2002