The Paradox of Case Study Research in Innovation Systems Studies: A Dialectical Analysis

Fragkandreas, T. 2020. The Paradox of Case Study Research in Innovation Systems Studies: A Dialectical Analysis. British Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2020. Alliance Manchester Business School I University of Manchester 02 - 04 Sep 2020 British Academy of Management.

TitleThe Paradox of Case Study Research in Innovation Systems Studies: A Dialectical Analysis
AuthorsFragkandreas, T.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

This paper deals with a mostly unnoticed methodological paradox about the status of case study research in the field of innovation system (IS) studies. On the one hand, case study research has been instrumental to the genesis and establishment of the IS approach as one of the most widely-used theoretical and policy-relevant perspectives on innovation in the social sciences. However, on the other hand, IS scholars have often argued that case study research is not able to study generality and causality. The paradox lies in the fact that, by making such claims, ISs scholars have ended up acknowledging -- although implicitly -- that their work, including the policy implications that emanate from it, are also not that scientific. To enlighten our understanding of -- as well as to resolve -- such a methodological irony, the paper utilises the philosophical method of dialectic; in particular, the analytical scheme of thesis, antithesis and synthesis. The analysis shows that our assessments over the scientific status and abilities of case study research, and any research design on ISs in general, do not necessarily reflect the actual abilities of the research design in question; instead, they are subject to how we understand the aims and standards of ‘proper’ scientific explanation. The paper ends by discussing how the proposed synthesis in this paper unearths new methodological lessons and avenues for the field of ISs studies.

Year2020
ConferenceBritish Academy of Management (BAM) Conference 2020
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Publication dates
Published2020
ISBN9780995641334
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://virtual.oxfordabstracts.com/#/event/1520/submission/622

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