Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research

  title={Five Misunderstandings About Case-Study Research},
  author={Bent Flyvbjerg},
  journal={Qualitative Inquiry},
  pages={219 - 245}
  • B. Flyvbjerg
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Business
  • Qualitative Inquiry
This article examines five common misunderstandings about case-study research: (a) theoretical knowledge is more valuable than practical knowledge; (b) one cannot generalize from a single case, therefore, the single-case study cannot contribute to scientific development; (c) the case study is most useful for generating hypotheses, whereas other methods are more suitable for hypotheses testing and theory building; (d) the case study contains a bias toward verification; and (e) it is often… 

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