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Topics: Scientific method, Research, Case study / Pages: 24 (5791 words) / Published: Jan 15th, 2013
Chapter 3

Chapter 3
Research methodology
Table of contents
3.1. Introduction................................................................................................................................79
3.2. The interpretive research approach...........................................................................................79
3.3. The case study strategy............................................................................................................83
3.4. Research design .........................................................................................................................88
3.4.1. The selection of the case study sites......................................................................................88
3.4.2. The sub-units of analysis........................................................................................................90
3.4.3. Data sources...........................................................................................................................90
3.4.4. Data collection and analysis...................................................................................................91
3.4.5. Theoretical framework...........................................................................................................94
3.5. Summary....................................................................................................................................96

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Chapter 3

Research methodology
3.1. Introduction
The purpose of this chapter is to present the philosophical assumptions underpinning this research, as well as to introduce the research strategy and the empirical techniques applied. The chapter defines the scope and limitations of the research design, and situates the research amongst existing research traditions in information systems. The philosophical assumptions underlying

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