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How to do case study research

November 11, 2020 dotLAB Radio
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How to do case study research
Show Notes

In this episode of dotLAB Radio, Prof Tony Dundon of University of Limerick discusses his experience of using case studies as a research method within management research.  He specifically draws on his worker voice research in an Irish organisation in the mid 2000's and key lessons he learned. 

 In this podcast Tony covers the following areas:

 +What is case study research?

+Best practice advice on setting up and carrying out interviews.

+How to interview reluctant respondents and develop rapport.

+Case studies in a post-Covid world – remote v in-person interviews.

+The importance of fully immersing oneself in the case study.

+Well known case studies and what can be learned from them.


Professor Dundon refers to two case studies in particular:

1.Interviewing Reluctant Respondents: Strikes, Henchmen and Gaelic Games
2.Accessing the Law to Enforce Employment Rights: A Case Study of Worker Activism in a Non-Union Workplace

About Professor Tony Dundon

Tony Dundon is Professor of HRM and Employment Relations in the Kemmy Business School at University of Limerick.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS); Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD); former Chief Examiner for the CIPD; and was Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ). He is Visiting Professor at the Work & Equalities Institute, The University of Manchester; Honorary Professor at St Andrews University Management School, Scotland, and previously Head of Management at NUI Galway. His research has been published in journals such as: Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, British Journal of Management, Work Employment & Society, International Journal of HRM (among other). Recent books include: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, 2e (2020, Edward Elgar); Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management (2020); A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Employment Relations (2017, Sage); Routledge Companion of Employment Relations (2018); HRM: Texts & Cases, 5e, (Pearson, 2017); Routledge Companion of Employment Relations (2018).