Modelling of a supporting system to perform a case studies as a research method

  • M. (Marc) van den Camp

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The Case Study Research method is an-in depth inquiry into a topic or phenomenon within its real-life setting. It can be applied to several research fields. It can also serve in several areas, as it can be applied for exploratory and descriptive purposes. The method has gained in popularity in the recent period, but it is also been criticised for lack of scientific rigour and reliability and that it does not address the issues of generalizability. Literature review shows that the quality of Case Study Research reports leaves to be desired. In this thesis, an area where this might be improved is researched. With a literature study following a rapid prototyping approach, a support tool is modelled that could support research teams in their Case Study Research project conduct and capturing their results in a structured way. The aim is also to support in factoring in the research deliverables and results into the report. With a prototyping approach, the requirements for such a tool are evaluated. It would also add insights into the main components and functions that the tool would have. Finally, the model reveals and supports possibilities for further evaluation and research in this area.
Date of Award22 Dec 2020
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorElla Roubtsova (Examiner) & Stef Joosten (Co-assessor)


  • Knowledge Management Systems
  • Case Study Research
  • Goal-Protocol Modelling
  • Research Quality management

Master's Degree

  • Master Business Process management & IT (BPMIT)

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