In this chapter, the historical case study as a methodological approach and research tradition is explored. Building on the work of Welch et al., (2022), it evaluates the use of historical case study outside of business history, in the realm of traditional business and management topics, with particular focus on international business research. It finds there has been limited uptake of the historical case study in this research but in recent years, there is a proliferation of such studies because of the call for greater emphasis on the significance of context and ‘contextualised explanation’ and amplification of the rigour of historical methods. This chapter then moves on to explore the process of constructing a historical case study and the complexities therewithin. The research process involved is often non-linear, piecemeal and intricate; but the product, the historical case, provides illumination and in-depth analysis of key phenomena, both seen and unseen.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Historical Methods for Management|
|Editors||Stephanie Decker, William M. Foster, Elena Giovannoni|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham, UK|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Jul 2023|
|Name||Handbooks of research methods in management|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|