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