publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Adding Theoretical Grounding to Grounded Theory: Toward Multi-Grounded Theory

Göran Goldkuhl; Stefan Cronholm;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2010 Journal: International Journal of Qualitative Methods, volume 9, pages 187-205 (issn: 1609-4069, eissn: 1609-4069, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: Sweden
The purpose of this paper is to challenge some of the cornerstones of the grounded theory approach and propose an extended and alternative approach for data analysis and theory development, which the authors call multi-grounded theory (MGT). A multi-grounded theory is not only empirically grounded; it is also grounded in other ways. Three different grounding processes are acknowledged: theoretical, empirical, and internal grounding. The authors go beyond the pure inductivist approach in GT and add the explicit use of external theories. A working procedure of theory development in MGT is presented, which can be seen as an extension of the grounded theory approach...
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free text keywords: Education, data analysis, theoretical grounding, empirical grounding, Engineering and Technology, Teknik och teknologier, Development theory, Information system, Natural science, Qualitative analysis, Qualitative research, Grounded theory, Computer science, Ground, Epistemology, Information and Computer Science, lcsh:Social sciences (General), lcsh:H1-99
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