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In search of theory? The workplace case study tradition in the 21st century

McGovern, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-3984-2080 (2020) In search of theory? The workplace case study tradition in the 21st century. Industrial Relations Journal, 51 (3). 136 - 152. ISSN 0019-8692

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Identification Number: 10.1111/irj.12285


Workplace case studies have been valued by some for their ability to advance theory while others dismiss them as little more than descriptive stories. This paper presents a detailed content analysis of case study articles to assess the relative balance between theory, conceptual analysis and description. Drawing on a random sample of papers (n = 173) published in leading journals, I find that fewer than one in seven are descriptive papers while only one in ten are theory oriented. Using three criteria, I identify exemplars of theoretical and conceptual analysis and show how these may be used to advance the field.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2020 08:15
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2024 22:54

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