Criticisms, Constraints and Constructions of Case Study Research Strategy


  • Oluwafemi Emmanuel Idowu Anglia Ruskin University, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Chelmsford, Bishop Hall Way, CM1 1SQ


Case Study


Case Study research strategy reveal specific insights from specific circumstances and it involves gaining understanding of phenomenon through the study of detailed activity within a particular real life context. Case study research is not a research method, it is a weapon for different research methods. It is the focus of the research that is special to the case study, a focus on the particular. The key is to draw rich, interconnected information from this particular focus of the research and derive unique insights from the analysis that follows. Case study research can be critical, positivist or interpretive in nature depending on the philosophic assumptions on what constitutes valid research. In case study research thesearch for particularity competes with the search for generalisability and as a result have attracted criticism on the ground of methodological weakness and rigour inadequacies. Criticism of the case study research as a research strategy is directed at many levels, from the most practical to the most abstract. This article will enumerate some of the criticisms, explain some of the constraints and provides techniques for constructing case study research.

Author Biography

Oluwafemi Emmanuel Idowu, Anglia Ruskin University, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Chelmsford, Bishop Hall Way, CM1 1SQ

Senior Lecturer,

Department of Midwifery, Child and Community Nursing


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How to Cite

Idowu, O. E. (2016). Criticisms, Constraints and Constructions of Case Study Research Strategy. Asian Journal of Business and Management, 4(5). Retrieved from