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Employing a Grounded Theory Approach for MIS Research

Employing a Grounded Theory Approach for MIS Research
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Author(s): Susan Gasson (Drexel University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Contemporary Theoretical Models in Information Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Yogesh K. Dwivedi (Swansea University, UK), Banita Lal (Nottingham Trent University, UK), Michael D. Williams (Swansea University, UK), Scott L. Schneberger (Principia College, USA) and Michael Wade (York University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-659-4.ch003


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This chapter provides a brief introduction to the grounded theory (GT) approach to research, discussing how it has been used in information systems (IS) research, and how GT studies may be conducted to provide a significant theoretical contribution to the management information systems (MIS) field. The subject is of particular interest at a time when GT attracts frequent criticism for a lack of rigor. This chapter deals with what makes for a rigorous contribution to “grounded” theory in MIS. It addresses developments and controversies in the generation of grounded theories, examining the use of GT as a coding method vs. the use of GT as a method for generating theory. The discussion focuses mainly on the constructivist/interpretive perspective adopted in most qualitative data studies, as this is the way in which GT has been used most often in MIS. The chapter concludes with a roadmap for the use of GT in MIS research and a discussion of the contribution made by GT studies in MIS.

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