Capturing processes in longitudinal multiple case studies
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2012

This paper discusses and suggests a methodological approach to capture processes in multiple case studies. While single case studies may address processes in an inductive or abductive manner, multiple case studies entail a stronger need for analytical frameworks and methodological tools developed ex ante in order to maintain focus on the same phenomena across cases and over time. This is, however, difficult to pursue in studies that focus on processes. The aim of the paper is to suggest an approach to longitudinal multiple case studies. We use an example of an on-going multiple case study aiming at capturing the processes of strategizing in terms of how the networking of start-up companies interplays with their ideas of future network positions. The paper concludes by suggesting the use of a combination of narratives and network drawings. Network drawings can be instrumental in capturing the past, the present and the future at different points in time for the individual cases. Based on these descriptions, change patterns and how these evolve can be analyzed and compared across cases and over time.

Processes

Time

Longitudinal

Multiple case study

Networks

Författare

Lise Aaboen

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Supply and Operations Management

Anna Dubois

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring

Frida Lind

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Industriell marknadsföring

Industrial Marketing Management

0019-8501 (ISSN)

Vol. 41 235-246

Ämneskategorier

Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi

Annan maskinteknik

Företagsekonomi

Drivkrafter

Innovation och entreprenörskap

DOI

10.1016/j.indmarman.2012.01.009