Specific published examples that mix qualitative and quantitative data, methods, and techniques help readers troubleshoot challenges with different types of data as they develop their own GT expertise. Test Your Knowledge questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to check their understanding of the chapter’s main elements. Suggestions for further reading make it easy for readers to explore additional literature related to chapter topics. Valuable appendices offer examples of the differences between qualitative description and conceptualization, conceptual elaboration of qualitative data, and mixed methods GT. A comprehensive glossary of key terms, extracts from three studies that used classic GT approaches, examples of coding, and examples of diagrams in the back of the book serve as helpful resources to promote reader comprehension.

Discovering New Theory as the End Purpose of Classic Grounded Theory1

After studying this chapter, you will:

  • be aware of the different meanings attached to the word theory as they relate to different philosophical assumptions
  • understand GT as a process aimed at theory discovery and congruent with any philosophical perspective

Many social sciences are still lacking in the area of theorizing, and we need a plurality of theories in order to make sense of the complex and dynamic world that surrounds us (Junglas et al., 2011). “Developing theory is what we are meant to do as academic researchers and it sets us apart from practitioners and consultants” (Gregor, 2006, p. 613). Hence, the ultimate aim of GT being theory building, there is little doubt of its importance ...

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