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Grounded Theory in Management Research

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November 2000 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book describes the grounded theory approach for organization and management researchers needing to fully understand the possibilities and challenges of this method. It brings together the broadly dispersed discussions of grounded theory's logic and practices, restoring the grounded theory style of qualitative research for students and teachers of organization and management. This book is particularly useful for graduate students involved in quantitative studies of organizational and managerial life, and for academics teaching research methods courses in management and organization studies.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SITUATING THE DISCOVERY OF GROUNDED THEORY
 
Situating the Discovery of Grounded Theory within the Tradition of Qualitative Methods
 
Situating Grounded Theory within Its Philosophical, Sociological and Personal Contexts
 
PART TWO: THE GROUNDED THEORY RESEARCH APPROACH
 
Distinguishing Characteristics of Grounded Theories
 
Grounded Theory's Research Operations
 
Evolution of Grounded Theory's Research Operations
 
PART THREE: THE GROUNDED THEORY APPROACH IN MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION STUDIES
 
Grounded Theory in Studies of Management and Organization
 
Writing Grounded Theory

'…resources for conducting grounded theory are spread across a number of disciplines… making it difficult for organization and management scholars to track them down. This book describes the grounded theory approach for organization and management researchers needing to fully understand the possibilities and challenges of this method. It brings together the broadly dispersed discussions of the logic and practices of grounded theory, restoring this style of qualitative research for students and teachers of organization and management' Management Research News

'Given its content and style of writing, this book will be useful not only to organisational scholars bit also to those such fields as sociology, nursing, education and psychology' - Mihaela Kelemen, Nurse Researcher


This is a very interesting and useful book. The author discusses Grounded Theory thoroughly and in great detail within its historical context. Where the book falls short of expectations, is the connection with management research. One would hope for more explicit case studies, in search of an explanation of how this method is best applied to a business context. Although there are various references, most of the explanations remain embedded in the discussion surrounding the historical roots of Grounded Research. Still a really good book, and much recommended.

Mr Matthias Hillner
School of Creative Arts , University of Hertfordshire
August 16, 2013

Very good book I used in my course on management research.

Dr Patrick Ulrich
LS Controlling, University of Bamberg
December 12, 2012

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Karen Locke

Karen Locke is W. Brooks George Professor of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary’s school of business, where she is a member of the management area. She joined the faculty there in 1989 after earning her Ph.D in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on developing a sociology of knowledge in organizational studies with an emphasis on the production of scientific texts and on the use of qualitative research for the investigation of organizational phenomena. She has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Studies in Organization,... More About Author

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