case study definition

  • noun:
    • an in depth analysis of an individual or team, specially as a model of health, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.
    • A detailed intensive study of a unit, particularly a corporation or a corporate unit, that stresses aspects causing its success or failure.
    • An exemplary or cautionary design; an instructive instance: "Before they lost their autonomy, [the two organizations] had been situation studies in unsuccessful long-term planning” ( T. Boone Pickens, Jr.)
    • Research performed at length in one individual, group, incident or community, rather than, for instance, an example of the entire populace.
    • reveal evaluation of one or team from a social or emotional or health standpoint
    • a careful research of some social device (as a corporation or division within a corporation) that tries to determine what aspects generated its success or failure

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