Bracketing episodes : deserialization of events in case study research

Dörfler, Viktor and Lee, Bill and Stierand, Marc and Miralles, Megane (2022) Bracketing episodes : deserialization of events in case study research. In: EURAM 2022: 22nd Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management, 2022-06-15 - 2022-06-17, ZHAW School of Management and Law.

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In this conceptual paper, we review the development of case study research, from its early beginnings of "orthodox case studies" within the positivist paradigm to the most recent interpretivist views of "emergent case studies" involving serialization. To make the next step in developing the field, we apply the concept of bracketing, one of the four fundamental concepts of phenomenology, in the deserialization of events. We believe that practising bracketing through personal and transpersonal reflexivity can help make case study research more transparent without compromising the values of flexibility and indirection introduced by serialization.