Theorizing process through punctuated longitudinal case study research

Anna Soulsby, Ed Clark

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This chapter presents and explores a research design for the study of organizational process through qualitative, longitudinal case studies. A punctuated longitudinal case study (PLCS) approach yields two types of process-relevant data – diachronic and synchronic – that build into a qualitatively rich and temporally layered database. By applying narrative enquiry methods to this database, PLCS offers a practical way to develop a process theory of organization, while avoiding methodological pitfalls such as over-reliance on retrospective data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking the Case Study Approach in International Business Research
EditorsRebecca Piekkari, Catherine Welch
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)978 1 84844 184 2
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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