Case Research in Public Management by David E McNabb

By David E McNabb

Hugely readable and non-technical, this instruction manual is designed to assist scholars and non-profit managers achieve a operating wisdom of the rules and practices of carrying out qualitative case learn learn in public firms. This ebook is a motherload of useful and complete suggestions to making plans, accomplishing, examining, and reporting case examine undertaking findings. McNabb starts off with a close reason for using the case examine strategy in public management, non-profit companies, and political technological know-how. Then it presents step by step directions on the right way to behavior single-case, multicase, and meta-analysis learn, with instructions on organizing and writing the case document. Case examine in Public administration additionally comprises many examples of case stories in a variety of very important issues in public management, together with functionality administration, sustainable govt, expertise administration, safety concerns, emergency and catastrophe administration, social and future health providers, infrastructure, public transportation, and reworking the paintings of presidency.

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Sources may be personal interviews conducted with experts. Sources may come from the extensive body of domestic and international professional or occupational literature, or from current and past textbooks. Or they may be from other published materials such as newspapers, encyclopedias, yearbooks, unpublished papers, opinion pieces by other scholars, or material prepared expressly for and existing only on the Internet. Testing Theories That Already Exist Case studies may be used for both testing existing theories and developing new theories (Van Evera 1997; George and Bennett 2005).

The Question of Causality in Case Research The case is thus a descriptive study of one or a few particular entities and, therefore, is only minimally appropriate when the research objective is to make inferences of causality. Case studies should not be considered typical or representative, nor should they be considered to have external validity. Because each case study is unique, it must be considered as a description and not typical of a larger set. However, the topic of the case study may be selected and described as a way of identifying a theoretical relationship between antecedents and events or conclusions (Roberts 2005).

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