Research design in the context of grounded theory: the role of research philosophical position

Research design in the context of grounded theory: the role of research philosophical position
Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Aminian, Elika; Kirkham, Richard; Fenn, Peter
Publisher
British Academy of Management
Date of publication
10 September 2013
Series
British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings 2013
Subject(s)
Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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Grounded theory (GT) is becoming one of the popular research approaches in all management studies. During the last fifty years various conceptualisation of GT emerged based on different research philosophical positions. Therefore, not only is there no single agreed-upon definition of grounded theory but also what GT should be is contested. This full paper from the Research Methodology track of BAM 2013 argues that in GT based studies, insight into the philosophical position to which the study is committed facilitates decision making about the details of the research design. Lack of this insight may result in inconsistent research design.

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