Definition of a Case Study
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
A case study is a research method involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study (the case), as well as its related contextual conditions.
Case studies are used in an increasing number of disciplines and professions, ranging from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and political science to education, clinical science, social work, and management science.
The "case" being studied may be a person (e.g., a leader), (part of an) organizational entity, an event, phenomenon, or action, existing in a specific time and place.