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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Business School > Management Research Centre  > Grounded Theory: some reflections on paradigm, procedures and misconceptions

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Title: Grounded Theory: some reflections on paradigm, procedures and misconceptions
Authors: Goulding, Christina
Publisher: University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date: Jun-1999
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/11403
Additional Links: http://www.wlv.ac.uk/PDF/uwbs_WP006-99%20Goulding.pdf
Abstract: There has been ongoing debate within the social sciences over the nature of epistemological claims made by both positivist and interpretivist researchers. Within the interpretivist paradigm there are numerous methodologies for constructing knowledge, each of which have their own underlying philosophies, practices, and methods of interpretation. Grounded theory is one such methodology. However, it is a methodology which is sometimes perceived as pseudo positivistic, defiling the canons of humanistic research which emphasises the subjective experience of the other. This paper discusses grounded theory, the missing methodology on the interpretivist agenda, and argues that it is an extension of the methods used by the symbolic interactionists. It discusses the underlying philosophy of the methodology and proceeds to present the key concepts associated with its application. Finally,the paper reviews and addresses some of the major criticisms of grounded theory in order to explicate it as a humanistic and interpretivist method of enquiry. This paper is an early version of a chapter for a proposed book on grounded theory. It extends the discussion of grounded theory published in two academic papers by the author: Goulding, C. (1998) Grounded Theory: the missing methodology on the interpretivist agenda Qualitative Market Research: an international journal 1(1) Goulding, C. (forthcoming) Consumer Research, Interpretive Paradigms, and Methodological Ambiguities European Journal of Marketing 33(7/8)
Type: Working Paper
Language: en
Description: This paper is an early version of a chapter for a proposed book on grounded theory. It extends the discussion of grounded theory published in two academic papers by the author: Goulding, C. (1998) Grounded Theory: the missing methodology on the interpretivist agenda Qualitative Market Research: an international journal 1(1) Goulding, C. (forthcoming) Consumer Research, Interpretive Paradigms, and Methodological Ambiguities European Journal of Marketing 33(7/8)
Keywords: Grounded theory
Social science research
Methodologies
Series/Report no.: Working paper
WP006/99
ISSN: 1363-6839
Appears in Collections: Management Research Centre

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