Here are examples of excellent papers that I encourage people to use as touchstones and imitate when written small-n or case study papers.
Danneels, E. (2011). “Trying to become a different type of company: dynamic capability at Smith Corona.” Strategic Management Journal 32(1): 1-31.
Mirabeau, L., & Maguire, S. (2014). From autonomous strategic behavior to emergent strategy. Strategic Management Journal, 35(8): 1202-1229.
Miller, R., M. Hobday, T. Leroux-Demers and X. Olleros (1995). “Innovation in Complex System Industries: the Case of Flight Simulation.” Industrial and Corporate Change 4(2): 363-400.
Murmann, J. P. (2013). “The Coevolution of Industries and Important Features of their Environments.” Organization Science 24(1): 58-78.
Siggelkow, N. (2002). “Evolution toward Fit.” Administrative Science Quarterly 47(1): 125-159.
Here are some methodological texts that I found particularly useful in helping me refine my case study design skills.
Stinchcombe, A. L. (1968). Constructing Social Theories. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Stinchcombe, A. L. (1978). Theoretical Methods in Social History. New York, Academic Press.
Ragin, C. C. (1987). The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative strategies. Berkeley, University of California Press.
Glaser, B. G. and A. L. Strauss (1967). The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Chicago, Aldine Pub. Co.
Stinchcombe, A. L. (2005). The logic of social research. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Scriven, M. (1974). Maximizing the Power of Causal Investigations: The Modus Operandi Method. In W. J. Popham (Ed.), Evaluation in education: Current applications: 68-84: McCutchan Pub Corp. Download
I will refine this list in future years.