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Investigating educational issues across Europe (ACROSS Base)
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Method Case study  (HRD & LLL)
Description The objective of the case studies was to gain an in-depth understanding of HRD departments. In order to select suitable case studies, the partners carried out preliminary research in their countries. The study concentrated on large companies, as these have a more clearly recognisable HRD function. The aim was not to create a representative group, but to select 'good examples' of learning oriented organisations, since these would provide the most interesting lessons. With a view to facilitating comparison, partners selected companies, in equal number, from among two industrial sectors and tried to have cases of similar size (500 to 1000 employees). 

Following the selection, the partners collected data according to a general format (by interviews and document analysis), conducted a within case analysis, and compiled a case report for each organisation. 

Based on these results, the project management team performed a cross case analysis, applying the matrix technique described by Miles and Huberman (1981). For this, the partners provided matrix reports of their cases alongside their ordinary reports. Results were compiled in cross case matrices according to the major research questions (Tjepkema et al., 1999, pp. 16-20).

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