Case Research in Public Management by David E McNabb

By David E McNabb

Hugely readable and non-technical, this instruction manual is designed to aid scholars and non-profit managers achieve a operating wisdom of the foundations and practices of carrying out qualitative case learn learn in public enterprises. This booklet is a motherload of useful and accomplished tips to making plans, undertaking, studying, and reporting case learn venture findings. McNabb starts with a close intent for using the case learn strategy in public management, non-profit organisations, and political technological know-how. Then it offers step by step directions on tips to behavior single-case, multicase, and meta-analysis learn, with instructions on organizing and writing the case document. Case learn in Public administration additionally contains many examples of case stories in a variety of very important subject matters in public management, together with functionality administration, sustainable executive, expertise administration, safeguard matters, emergency and catastrophe administration, social and overall healthiness companies, infrastructure, public transportation, and remodeling the paintings of presidency.

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Interpretive Case Research Not all human events or actions can be defined by the causal explanations found in explanatory research. Additional insight is needed if human action is to be understood, let alone explained; understanding can be achieved only by studies that follow the second approach in the triad of qualitative research objectives: interpretive research. Interpretive research helps administrators understand the actions of people in social circumstances. An explanatory case study of a failed job-enrichment program to see why it is not working might identify personal motivation and job design as leading contributors of the failed program.

Finally, in selecting comparable cases, the researcher should keep the following cautionary statement in mind: In choosing comparable cases, the researcher is recognizing the limits of the hypothesis, arguing that it only applies to cases that are comparable on a certain number of theoretically derived dimensions. In choosing cases across subgroups, the researcher is purposefully stretching the investigation of the hypothesis across a variable derived from an alternative solution. (Kaarbo and Beasley 1999, 383) Summary Case study research can be used for five purposes: (1) to establish a theory or theories, (2) to test a theory or theories that already exist, (3) to identify a previous condition or conditions that lead or contribute to a phenomenon of interest, (4) to establish the importance of those conditions, and (5) to establish the fundamental importance of the case with regard to other potential examples.

Explanatory Cases on Additional Topics State and local governments have had to learn how to function through recurring cycles of boom or bust. The following comments by Wheeler (1993) established the framework for his book on innovation in state and local government, which was published more than fifteen years ago. However, it clearly describes the position in which most state and local governments find themselves as the first decade of the twenty-first century approaches its close: 30 The Range of Case Research Designs In the wake of the federal budget crisis in Washington and the subsequent elimination or downsizing of many federal programs, much of the burden for addressing contemporary issues will rest with state and local governments.

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