Keutel, Marcus, Michalik, Bjoern and Richter, Janek ORCID: 0000-0003-3189-9357 (2014). Towards Mindful Case Study Research in IS: A Critical Analysis of the Past Ten Years. European Journal of Information Systems, 23 (3). pp. 256-272. London: Taylor and Francis. ISSN 1476-9344

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Case study research (CSR) has gained strong acceptance in information systems (IS) research in the recent decades. This article examines how CSR has been used in IS research practice. Contrasting the currently used CSR approaches to methodological prescriptions can lead to recommendations for researchers applying this research strategy as well as to advances in the methodological literature. Our study design comprises two steps. First, we identified case studies published in six major IS journals from 2001 to 2010. Second, we critically examined CSR practices in the identified studies. We observed a dualism, as CSR currently consists of a positivist and an equally strong interpretive research stream. Case studies with other philosophical underpinnings were rarely found. We describe the CSR practice and contrast it to the methodological prescriptions. Thereby, we clearly point out the shortcomings, aiming to initiate a debate on how our community should further develop its use of CSR to become more mindful. This study is the first broad examination of CSR in IS (focusing on more than just the positivist research stream) and thus contributes to the methodological literature by providing recommendations for improvements.

Item Type: Journal Article
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-90375
DOI: 10.1057/ejis.2013.26
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Information Systems
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1476-9344
Volume: 23
Number: 3
Subjects: Data processing Computer science
Social sciences
Management and auxiliary services
Faculty: Faculty of Management, Economy and Social Sciences
Divisions: Weitere Institute, Arbeits- und Forschungsgruppen > Cologne Institute for Information Systems (CIIS)
Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences > Business Administration > Information Systems > Professorship for Information Systems and System Development
Language: English
Date: 2014
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Place of Publication: London
Refereed: Yes
Page Range: pp. 256-272


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