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.

Foundational Pillars of Classic Grounded Theory

After studying this chapter, you will:

  • understand the foundational pillars of grounded theory
  • appreciate the necessary frame of mind for doing grounded theory

It is common to read in published accounts of grounded theory that doing GT is not easy, that it is a “difficult subject” (Suddaby, 2006, p. 633), “worryingly messy” (Partington, 2002, p. 155), “problematic” (Backman & Kyngas, 1999, p. 148), and a source of “methodological confusion” (Goulding, 1999, p. 866). Reading such accounts would be enough to discourage any novice from adopting GT as a methodological choice! If one looks beyond such assessments, it is generally the case that the authors have conflated GT with some of the precepts of traditional qualitative research. Such precepts are often misaligned ...

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