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Case study

Why to deal with this? Case studies can be defined as a research strategy, an empirical inquiry that investigates a phenomenon within its real-life context. Case study research can mean single and multiple case studies, can include quantitative evidence, relies on multiple sources of evidence, and benefits from the prior development of theoretical propositions. Case studies should not be confused with qualitative research and they can be based on any mix of quantitative and qualitative evidence.

Some characteristics of case studies:

  • Data are qualitative rather than quantitative.
  • Studies tend to focus on single cases (rather than multiple ones).
  • Ambiguity in observation and report is tolerated (rather than absolute outcomes).
  • Multiple perspectives are solicited.
When is it suitable/applicable? Case studies represent very typical examples from practice. They are elaborated, among other things,
  • to study the validity of a project/process
  • to examine how a new process/product has been implemented in a particular industry (e.g. food industry)
  • as marketing materials for a new process/product etc.
When is it NOT suitable/applicable? The result of a case study is not necessarily transferable to other cases. Furthermore, it may be subject to bias.
What costs are related to it (financial, time effort etc.)? Case studies call for intense preparation.

What’s the relevant HTE output? HTE has produced a series of case studies on novel food processing technologies such as high pressure processing, microwave processing, infrared heating, continuous emulsification and membrane filtration.
Whom can I talk to from the HTE team? KU Leuven LFT, SP, Ttz, Wageningen UR - FBR

Relevant internet links Links:
Online databases and tools Tools:

Reports on case studies from many disciplines are widely available in the literature and in the www. One of the main inventors and professionals on this topic is the Harvard Business School. The link shows a video about the Harvard case study method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=wudRjl1TQoI&feature=endscreenwarning.png"Tools: Reports on case studies from many disciplines are widely available in the literature and in the www. One of the main inventors and professionals on this topic is the Harvard Business School. The link shows a video about the Harvard case study method: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=wudRjl1TQoI&feature=endscreen" cannot be used as a page name in this wiki.

Where to get advice, consultancy? Support:
  • Research institutions with expertise on your topic (can be found by using the search function of this website)
  • Technology centres
  • Public or private consultancies with technical expertise
Related innovation sheets Feasibility study, Technical x pre feasibility, Technical x feasibility, Technical x development, Technical x launching

Title Case study
Aspect Technical
Latest Version 11.06.2012
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Created by Hte zenit on 11 June 2012, at 09:17