A framework for case study research - highlighting the reviewers' perspectives

Thomas Ekström, Carina Johnsson, Olle Stenius, Luca Urciuoli, Dag Näslund

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<i>Purpose of this paper</i><br>
The purpose is twofold: to map the reviewers’ perspective of evaluation of case based
logistics and supply chain management research; and to develop a framework with all
criteria needed to design, conduct, and present rigorous case study research. This
framework can be used by both researchers and reviewers.<br>

An interview study is performed to establish how reviews currently are being conducted in
logistics and supply chain management journals. A literature review in combination with a
both divisive and agglomerate cluster analysis is applied to develop the framework. The
framework is compared to the evaluation criteria provided by reviewers.<br>

There is an expressed need for a more structured and systematic review process for case
based articles. An established framework for evaluation of case based research does not
exist. There is a lack of standardized terminology in the field. A comprehensive framework
for case based research is developed and presented.<br>

<i>Research limitations/implications</i><br>
The research is focused on case studies only.<br>

<i>What is original/value of paper?</i><br>
This paper present both the reviewers perspective on case study evaluation and it provides
a comprehensive framework for all steps of a rigorous case based research process
including what aspects that should be included and recommendations for how and why
certain aspects should be included.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 21st Annual Nofoma Conference, 11-12 June 2009 Jönköping Sweden
EditorsSusanne Hertz
PublisherJönköping International Business School
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-91-86345-01-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event21th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2009 - Jönköping, Jönköping, Sweden
Duration: 2009 Jun 112009 Jun 12
Conference number: 21


Conference21th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Transport Systems and Logistics


  • Rigour
  • Logistics
  • Evaluation framework
  • Case study design
  • Peer reviewers


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