In the Benefit4Regions (B4R) project, nine sub-projects – so-called case studies – were formed to identify regional problems and deduce solutions and concepts related to these problems. Case study members included municipalities, municipal organizations and other organizations stemming from both sides of the border.
Our task was to investigate case study member and stakeholder participation and the effect of their participation on the quality of case study work.
The research questions which guided our investigation were as follows:
- How to define stakeholder participation?
- How to describe different levels of participation?
- What are the determinants of stakeholder participation?
- How to describe various types of stakeholder participation?
- Which types of stakeholder participation create which kind of output?
- What are the impact factors, output factors and performance criteria of case study work quality (from a team work perspective)?
- What are the essentials (practical implications) for managing case studies as teams?