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Reflections on case studies, modelling and theory builidng

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Abstract


  • This paper provides a discussion on how case study research fits into the bigger picture of theory building in the

    social sciences. In particular, it discusses how case study research, as opposed to more classical quantitative

    (often statistical) approaches contribute to the progression of collective learning in science. As such, for

    arguments sake, in this paper these approaches (i.e. qualitative vs. quantitative) are put into a competitive

    relationship. It is acknowledged that such competitive relationship does not exist in theory, as they are often

    considered to be complementary, but in practice qualitative research is often more difficult to publish; and tends

    to be more difficult to defend. Therefore the authors believe there is a need to better recognise the role of case

    study research in the scientific process; and in light of recent development in participatory modelling to

    collectively re-evaluate how case study research contributes to the progression of scientific learning?

Authors


  •   Moglia, Magnus (external author)
  •   Alexander, Kim (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Moglia, M., Alexander, K. & Perez, P. (2011). Reflections on case studies, modelling and theory builidng. In F. Chan, D. Marinova & R. Anderssen (Eds.), MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 2894-2900). Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

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Abstract


  • This paper provides a discussion on how case study research fits into the bigger picture of theory building in the

    social sciences. In particular, it discusses how case study research, as opposed to more classical quantitative

    (often statistical) approaches contribute to the progression of collective learning in science. As such, for

    arguments sake, in this paper these approaches (i.e. qualitative vs. quantitative) are put into a competitive

    relationship. It is acknowledged that such competitive relationship does not exist in theory, as they are often

    considered to be complementary, but in practice qualitative research is often more difficult to publish; and tends

    to be more difficult to defend. Therefore the authors believe there is a need to better recognise the role of case

    study research in the scientific process; and in light of recent development in participatory modelling to

    collectively re-evaluate how case study research contributes to the progression of scientific learning?

Authors


  •   Moglia, Magnus (external author)
  •   Alexander, Kim (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Moglia, M., Alexander, K. & Perez, P. (2011). Reflections on case studies, modelling and theory builidng. In F. Chan, D. Marinova & R. Anderssen (Eds.), MODSIM2011, 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 2894-2900). Australia: Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1122&context=smartpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/95

Start Page


  • 2894

End Page


  • 2900

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2011/G3/moglia.pdf