Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research is an excellent resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, management research and organizational psychology, bringing together in one volume the range of methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis.
The volume includes 30 chapters, each focusing on a specific technique. The chapters cover traditional research methods, analysis techniques, and interventions as well as the latest developments in the field. Each chapter reviews how the method has been used in organizational research, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the method, and presents a case study example of the method in use. A list of further reading is supplied for those requiring additional information about a given method.
The comprehensive and accessible nature of this collection will make it an essential and lasting handbook for researchers and students studying organizations.
Chapter 20: Grounded Theory in Organizational Research
Grounded Theory in Organizational Research
We are going to begin this chapter with a brief introduction to grounded theory, including a short history and description of its main components. After that we will briefly describe previous applications of grounded theory in organizational studies. We will then describe a case study, which illustrates how grounded theory can be applied when studying organizational phenomena, and finally, we close the chapter by discussing methodological considerations related to the application of grounded theory in the case study described.
Introduction to Grounded Theory
Grounded theory was developed by Glaser and Strauss (1967) when they observed that in sociological research, studies focusing on verifying existing classic theories flourished, while research on generating new theories hardly existed. ...