Theory Development

Yin believes case study research must be theory based: with the first step being development of an initial theory and the final, analysis and conclusion stage including modify the theory in light of the case study results [1 p50.].

It is therefore important to understand the process of theory formation. May et al. have documented their methods for this [2].

1. Yin, R.K. 2003, Case Study Research: Design and Methods, 3rd edn, Sage Publications, Thousands Oaks, California.
2. May, C.R., Mair, F., Finch, T., MacFarlane, A., Dowrick, C., Treweek, S., Rapley, T., Ballini, L., Ong, B.N., Rogers, A., Murray, E., Elwyn, G., Légaré, F., Gunn, J. & Montori, V.M. 2009, 'Development of a theory of implementation and integration: Normalization Process Theory', Implementation Science, vol. 4, no. 29.
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