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The case study method in family business research: guidelines for qualitative scholarship

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2014
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Family Business Strategy
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)15-29
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


In this article we provide guidelines that are useful to family business researchers when deciding whether and how to use case studies and to reviewers and editors when evaluating case study work. Drawing on examples from our published qualitative research and the complementary insights from other case study work in the field, we offer general suggestions for choosing the case study design, defining the unit of analysis, selecting the cases (sampling), collecting information, analyzing information, presenting results and ensuring validity and reliability in research findings. By outlining the most important and distinctive challenges for family business qualitative scholars and establishing the relevance and usefulness of the case study method for generating new and valuable understandings of family businesses, the article attempts to move the family business field beyond its current state, encourages scholars to engage in case study method in high-quality family business research, and suggests important implications for scholars, reviewers and editors of case studies in the family business field.