This article discloses the case method’s essence as a research strategy, the framework methodology and the research studies’ design in management. Strengths and weaknesses of case method usage in masters’ of management research studies are reviewed in this work. The author discusses the prospects of using case method in business education, problems that might be encountered in business research and compares teaching and research cases as tools to build students’ research competency. Practical guidelines on how to use case method in masters’ of management programs are given in the conclusion. This article discusses several aspects of case studies as a research method. These include research and teaching cases’ comparative analysis, methodology and research design, strengths and weaknesses of case study as a research method.
The article discusses methodological solutions to the “n = 1” problem, otherwise known as a sui generis problem in the study of the EU that seemingly leads to inability to conduct comparative research. Yet, engagement of the EU scholars both with comparative politics and new regionalism has produced a surge in number of articles based on comparative method. Research investigation into four academic journals shows that this trend is distinctive of English-language journals but not of the Russian ones.
The paper exmines methodological reflection on current discussion about “third methodological movement” (or “third research community”) that supposes the combination of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to implement the multimethod research strategy for more comprehensive understanding of social phenomenon. The main steps on the development of the methodological movement, Russian translation of the term ‘MMR’ and current competitive classifications of the research designs are described. The perspectives are discussed in the last part of the paper.