Newcastle University Business School

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Case Study Methodology as Research Method: Applications and Caveats

Date/Time: Friday 18 November 2016, 9:30-12:00

Venue: Newcastle University Business School, 3.06

Whereas the methodology of case studies has become part of the repertoire for research in all kinds of disciplines, its approach and how to make it work are often less understood.

For this purpose, the seminar covers not only the basics of the case study methodology, but also looks at four perspectives for cases:

  • building theory
  • verifying theories
  • problem solving
  • critical studies.

These perspectives can be used for a range of disciplines: business and management studies, computing, engineering and social sciences being among them.

Speaker biography Rob Dekkers is Reader in Industrial Management at the Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow); he holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from Delft University of Technology. Before taking up this position he has worked in industry as internal consultant, production manager and senior project manager, and in academia at Delft University of Technology and University of the West of Scotland. Dekkers multi-disciplinary research interests span strategic capacity management, outsourcing, evolutionary models for organisations, technology and innovation management, collaborative networks and innovative capabilities, often underpinned by evolutionary biological models, systems theories and science of complexity. Moreover, he provides doctoral training, research seminars, early career researchers training and knowledge exchange events for national and international audiences. He is board member of the International Foundation of Production Research and chairs their Early Career Researcher and Doctoral Workshop Programme.

Research Group: Multidisciplinary Applied Research in Organisational Excellence