case study n.
1. A detailed analysis of a person or group, especially as a model of medical, psychiatric, psychological, or social phenomena.
a. A detailed intensive study of a unit, such as a corporation or a corporate division, that stresses factors contributing to its success or failure.
b. An exemplary or cautionary model; an instructive example: “Before they lost their independence, [the two companies] were case studies in unsuccessful long-term planning” (T. Boone Pickens, Jr.).

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