Robert K. Yin

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Robert K. Yin is an American social scientist and President of COSMOS Corporation, known for his work on case study research as well as on qualitative research.[1][2] Over the years, his work on case study research has been frequently cited. Google Scholar listed it as the second highest methodological work, qualitative or quantitative, over a 20-year period[3]

Life and work[edit]

Yin obtained his BA in history, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, and successfully pursued his graduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained his PhD in brain and cognitive sciences.[4]

While at graduate school, Yin published his first articles on face recognition, in the field of experimental psychology and neuroscience. Later, his research interests shifted to public policy, and in particular to the use of case study research in studying public policy. The shift is represented by his collaborations with Eveleen Bingham,[5] Karen A. Heald,[6] and Ingrid Heinsohn.[7]

In 1980, Yin founded COSMOS Corporation. He developed COSMOS as a research corporation for "applied research and evaluation, technical support, and management assistance aimed at improving public policy, private enterprise, and collaborative ventures."[8] Yin has also been affiliated with the University of Copenhagen, the United Nations Development Programme, and the School for International Service at American University.[4][9] More recently, he has worked with faculty and students at the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University, the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research at George Mason University, and he has been collaborating regularly on projects with The World Bank.[9]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Yin, Robert K. Case study research: Design and methods. Sage publications, 2003; 2009; 2014.
  • Yin, Robert K. Case study research and applications: Design and methods. Sage publications, 2018
  • Yin, Robert K. Qualitative research from start to finish. Guilford Press, 2010; 2016.
  • Yin, Robert K. Applications of case study research. Sage, 2011.
Articles, a selection
  • Yin, Robert K. "Looking at upside-down faces." Journal of experimental psychology 81.1 (1969): 141.
  • Yin, Robert K. "Face recognition by brain-injured patients: a dissociable ability?." Neuropsychologia 8.4 (1970): 395-402.
  • Yin, Robert K. "The case study crisis: Some answers." Administrative science quarterly (1981): 58-65.
  • Yin, Robert K. "The case study as a serious research strategy." Science communication 3.1 (1981): 97-114.


  1. ^ Joy, Mike. Research methods in education. The Higher Education Academy, 2007.
  2. ^ Marshall, Catherine, and Gretchen B. Rossman. Designing qualitative research. Sage publications, 2010.
  3. ^ "What are the most-cited publications in the social sciences (according to Google Scholar)?". LSE Impact Blog.
  4. ^ a b Robert K. Yin profile at Accessed 31.01.2015
  5. ^ Yin, Robert K., and Karen A. Heald 1975 "Using the case survey method to analyze policy studies." Administrative Science Quarterly, 20: 371-381
  6. ^ Yin, Robert K., Eveleen Bingham, and Karen A. Heald, 1976 "The difference that quality makes: The case of literature reviews." Sociological Methods and Research, 5: 139-156.
  7. ^ Yin, Robert K., and Ingrid Heinsohn 1980. Case Studies in Research Utilization." Washington: American Institutes for Research.
  8. ^ About COSMOS CORPORATION. Accessed 31.01.2015.
  9. ^ a b Yin, Robert K. 2016 Qualitative Research from Start to Finish, pp. xiii-xiv

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