A call for broadening the range of approaches to case studies in purchasing and supply management
Journal article, 2016

Case studies are frequently adopted in purchasing and supply management studies, but the field would benefit from more diversified approaches to this method of scientific inquiry. The inherently flexible case study approach allows for benefiting from the often serendipitous features and non-linear, interactive patterns of scientific work. We urge scholars to be open about their research paths and pay more attention on reflection and learning aspects of case studies. Furthermore, problematisation rather than gap-spotting can serve as a fruitful grounding for formulation of research questions. The academic community can contribute to diversity by supporting and legitimizing different approaches to case studies, as long as these approaches are well grounded and argued for.

Problematisation

Reflection

Supply chain management research

Diversity

Case study

Serendipity

Author

Anna Dubois

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

A. Salmi

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT)

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

1478-4092 (ISSN)

Vol. 22 4 247-249

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

DOI

10.1016/j.pursup.2016.09.002

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2/26/2018