Theory-testing with cases is ascertaining whether the empirical evidence in a case or in a sample of cases either supports or does not support the theory. There are two methodologies for theory-testing with cases, (a) testing in a single case (‘theory-testing single case study’), and (b) testing in a sample of cases (‘theory-testing sample case study’). The functional form of the proposition that is tested determines which of these two methodologies should be used.

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Keywords necessary condition, sample case study, single case study, sufficient condition, theory-testing
JEL Economic Methodology (jel B41), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), New Firms; Startups (jel M13), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)
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Hak, A, & Dul, J. (2009). Theory-Testing With Cases (No. ERS-2009-037-ORG). ERIM report series research in management Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Retrieved from