Journal of Information Resources Management ›› 2023, Vol. 13 ›› Issue (3): 112-123.doi: 10.13365/j.jirm.2023.03.112

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The Academic Dialogue Journey in Case Study Research: Insights from the Information Systems Field

Li Liang Wang Mingxu   

  1. School of Information Technology and Management, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, 100029
  • Online:2023-05-26 Published:2023-06-09

Abstract: In recent years, the case study method has been attached great importance and widely used in the domestic management academia. However, the development of domestic case studies was hindered by a number of typical problems that led to weak theoretical contributions. In order to address these problems, this paper argues that the researcher should carry on in-depth dialogues with literature, theory, phenomenon, methodology and self in conducting case study research. We analyze exemplary case studies from leading journals in the field of information systems and refine the aforementioned five aspects into nine specific academic dialogues. The “best practices” highlighted in these exemplary case studies provide researchers with rich and referential examples. Finally, we make some suggestions on how to improve the quality of domestic case studies.

Key words: Case study research, Academic dialogue, Methodology, Theoretical contributions, Qualitative research

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