The Boundary Conditions For A Case Study

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This paper’s theme is to illustrate the boundary conditions for a case study. The setup of the study provides for a comparison of Nixon administration leadership and current global private industry leadership to discover if similarities exist. Additionally, the study will examine if private-industry leadership would improve governmental leadership or if the opposite is the case. Because the Nixon administration contained judicial judgments for many of the staffers, these will not be examined in the study.

Defining the Boundaries of a Case
Bounding a research case involves defining the breadth of the subject to study and report (Merriam, 2009). A physical parallel to bounding a problem is property fencing, which defines real estate extents (Merriam, 2009). Therefore, explaining the structure of a star may not require writing about the entire universe (Merriam, 2009). “A case study is an in-depth description and analysis of a bounded system” (Merriam, 2009, p. 40). According to Merriam, (2009), “single most defining characteristic of case study research lies in delimiting the object of study, the case” (p. 40).
The presidential resignation of Richard Nixon on August 8, 1974, was a first for the United States (Wilson, 1976) and has the leadership potential for categorization as particularistic case study (Merriam, 2009). Therefore, the particularistic means that the “case study’s focus is on a particular situation, event, program, or phenomenon” (Merriam, 2009,…
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