Qualitative Case Study Research Approach: Empirically Unveiling the Pitfalls

Tiko Iyamu (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 13
EISBN13: 9781609606428|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-015-0.ch001
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Abstract

Data collection is a critical aspect of any research. To this point, it is very important that a researcher has a good understanding of why, where and how to collect data. Broadly speaking, there are two main research and data collection approaches; namely, quantitative and qualitative methodologies. These two approaches are used both in academia and professional domains. This study focuses on philosophical assumptions underpinning Information Systems (IS) research. The philosophical assumptions underlying interpretive, case study research tradition and approach implies a subjective epistemology and the ontological belief that reality is socially constructed. The study investigated the challenges of interpretive, case study research strategy and empirical techniques applied in the information systems discipline. This paper focuses on the realistic challenges that researchers face while conducting a qualitative, interpretive, case study, particularly during data collection.
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