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Title: Rigor in grounded theory research - an interpretive perspective on generating theory from qualitative field studies
Authors: Gasson, Susan
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Idea Group Publishing
Citation: Excerpt from Whitman, M. and Woszczynski, A. (Eds.), Handbook for Information Systems Research , Hershey PA: pp. 79-102.
Abstract: This chapter presents a set of principles for the use of Grounded Theory techniques in qualitative field studies. Some issues and controversies relating to rigor in Grounded Theory generation are discussed. These include: inductive theory generation and emergence, how theoretical saturation may be judged, the extent to which coding schemes should be formalized, the objectivist-subjectivist debate, and the assessment of quality and rigor in interpretive research. It is argued that Grounded Theory is often criticized for a lack of rigor because we apply positivist evaluations of rigor to research that derives from an interpretive worldview. Alternative assessments of rigor are suggested, that emphasize reflexivity in the inductive-deductive cycle of substantive theory generation.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1985
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