A multi-paradigm approach to grounded theory

Walter Fernández, Michael A. Martin, Shirley Gregor, Steven E. Stern, Michael Vitale

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While grounded theory methodology was intended to be used as a general research method accepting any type of data, most grounded theory studies in the literature refer to research based on qualitative data. This paper aims to address this perceived neglect by describing our experiences and our approach while using grounded theory across qualitative and quantitative research paradigms. The case-based discussion presented in this paper, explains how the combination of these paradigms in exploratory studies can benefit research outcomes. The discussion follows the authors' approach to a competitive research grant opportunity that resulted in a comprehensive study into the use and management of information and communication technology in Australian organisations. We propose that the use of classic grounded theory as a general research method enables researchers to capitalise on greater opportunities to participate in substantial team-based exploratory research endeavours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation systems foundations
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, representation and reality
EditorsD Hart, S Gregor
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781921313141
ISBN (Print)9781921313134
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd Biennial Information Systems Foundations Workshop, WISF 2006 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 27 Sept 200628 Sept 2006


Conference3rd Biennial Information Systems Foundations Workshop, WISF 2006


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