Walsh (2014) Using Quantitative Data in Mixed-Design Grounded Theory Studies

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Using Quantitative Data in Mixed-Design Grounded Theory Studies: An Enhanced Path to Formal Grounded Theory in Information Systems

This article discusses a key development in the use of grounded theory (GT) in information systems (IS) - the use of quantitative data in mixed studies to build on and elaborate theories.We examine the design of one of our research projects and describe how this mixed-design GT project helped elaborate emerging theories using slices of qualitative and quantitative data. Our contributions are threefold: (i) we show that the use of mixed data and techniques can be leveraged to help build credible theories in IS because it allows researchers to build theories of greater abstraction and scope: it helps sense-making in the drive from substantive to parsimonious formal theories; (ii) in line with classic GT, we propose a mixed typological design to help build a pathway to formal grounded theories in rupture with existing literature; and (iii) we highlight GT as a meta-theory of research design and revisit some of its main principles in a mixed-design perspective.

Citation Isabelle Walsh (2014). Using Quantitative Data in Mixed-Design Grounded Theory Studies: An Enhanced Path to Formal Grounded Theory in Information Systems. European Journal of Information Systems, vol. 24, pp. 531–557. URL

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BibTex entry for this article:

@article{walsh2014using,
author = {Walsh, Isabelle},
doi = {10.1057/ejis.2014.23},
issn = {0960-085X},
journal = {European Journal of Information Systems},
pages = {531--557},
publisher = {Nature Publishing Group},
title = {{Using Quantitative Data in Mixed-Design Grounded Theory Studies: An Enhanced Path to Formal Grounded Theory in Information Systems}},
url = {http://www.palgrave-journals.com/doifinder/10.1057/ejis.2014.23},
volume = {24},
year = {2014}
}

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Keywords:

Grounded Theory, INF6001W, classic grounded theory, design, mixed methods, research, rupture theorizing, typological approach

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