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Guiding the use of Grounded Theory in Doctoral studies – an example from the Australian film industry

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Abstract


  • Selecting the most appropriate research method is one of the most difficult problems facing a

    doctoral researcher. Grounded Theory is presented here as a method of choice as it is detailed,

    rigorous, and systematic, yet it also permits flexibility and freedom.

    Grounded Theory offers many benefits to research in Information Systems as it is suitable for the

    investigation of complex multifaceted phenomena. It is also well equipped to explore socially

    related issues. Despite existing criticism, it is a rigorous and methodical research approach capable

    of broadening the perceptions of those in the research community. This paper provides detailed

    and practical guidelines that illustrate the techniques, utility, and ease of use of grounded

    theory, especially as these apply to information systems based research.

    This paper tracks a Grounded Theory research project undertaken to study the phenomena of collaboration

    and knowledge sharing in the Australian Film Industry. It uses this to illustrate and

    emphasize salient points to assist potential users in applying the method. The very practical approach

    shared in this paper provides a focused critique rendering it a valuable contribution to the

    discussion of methods of analysis in the IS sphere, particularly grounded theory.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Jones, M. & Alony, I. (2011). Guiding the use of Grounded Theory in Doctoral studies – an example from the Australian film industry. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 6 95-114.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866261659

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1842&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/793

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Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 95

End Page


  • 114

Volume


  • 6

Abstract


  • Selecting the most appropriate research method is one of the most difficult problems facing a

    doctoral researcher. Grounded Theory is presented here as a method of choice as it is detailed,

    rigorous, and systematic, yet it also permits flexibility and freedom.

    Grounded Theory offers many benefits to research in Information Systems as it is suitable for the

    investigation of complex multifaceted phenomena. It is also well equipped to explore socially

    related issues. Despite existing criticism, it is a rigorous and methodical research approach capable

    of broadening the perceptions of those in the research community. This paper provides detailed

    and practical guidelines that illustrate the techniques, utility, and ease of use of grounded

    theory, especially as these apply to information systems based research.

    This paper tracks a Grounded Theory research project undertaken to study the phenomena of collaboration

    and knowledge sharing in the Australian Film Industry. It uses this to illustrate and

    emphasize salient points to assist potential users in applying the method. The very practical approach

    shared in this paper provides a focused critique rendering it a valuable contribution to the

    discussion of methods of analysis in the IS sphere, particularly grounded theory.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Jones, M. & Alony, I. (2011). Guiding the use of Grounded Theory in Doctoral studies – an example from the Australian film industry. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 6 95-114.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84866261659

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1842&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/793

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 19

Start Page


  • 95

End Page


  • 114

Volume


  • 6