References on Grounded Theory

This is a list of references on grounded theory. After a brief introduction which suggests those works which are essential reading for newcomers to the field, the list is organized into two parts: the first part lists some important citations related to the approach in other disciplines (including the source disciplines), the second lists citations related to the approach in Information Systems. You can use the Edit Find command in Netscape to look for a specific citation.

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An excellent book on grounded theory is the one by Strauss and Corbin (1990). An earlier classic is the book by Glaser and Strauss (1967).

For a good example of grounded theory in IS, see Orlikowski's (1993) paper. This paper received MIS Quarterly's Best Paper Award for 1993. The article provides additional references to those listed here.



Citations in Other Disciplines

Corbin, Juliet and Anselm Strauss. "Grounded Theory Research: Procedures, Canons, and Evaluative Criteria," Qualitative Sociology, (13:1), 1990, pp. 3-21.

Eisenhardt, K.M. "Building Theories from Case Study Research," Academy of Management Review, (14: 4), 1989, pp. 532-550.

Gasser, Les. "The Integration of Computing and Routine Work," ACM Transactions on Office Information Systems, (4:3), 1986, pp. 205-225.

Glaser, Barney G. Theoretical Sensitivity: Advances in the Methodology of Grounded Theory. Mill Valley, CA: The Sociology Press, 1978.

Glaser, Barney G. and Anselm Strauss. The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Chicago, IL: Aldine Publishing Co, 1967.

Martin, P.Y. and B.A. Turner. "Grounded Theory and Organizational Research," The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, (22:2), 1986, pp. 141-157.

Orlikowski, W.J. "CASE Tools as Organizational Change: Investigating Incremental and Radical Changes in Systems Development," MIS Quarterly (17:3), September 1993, pp. 309-340.

Strauss, Anselm. Qualitative Analysis for Social Scientists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Strauss, Anselm and Juliet Corbin. Basics of Qualitative Research: Grounded Theory Procedures and Techniques. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1990.



Citations in Information Systems

Bowker, G., Timmermans, S. and Star, S.L. "Infrastructure and Organizational Transformation: Classifying Nurses' Work," in Information Technology and Changes in Organizational Work, Orlikowski, W., Walsham, G., Jones, M. and DeGross, J.D. (eds.), London: Chapman and Hall, 1995, pp. 344-370.

Pettigrew, A.M. "Contextualist Research and the Study of Organizational Change Processes", in Mumford, E., Hirschheim, R., Fitzgerald, G. and Wood-Harper, A.T. (eds.), Research Methods in Information Systems. Amsterdam, North Holland, 1985, pp. 53-78.

PriesHeje, J. "Three barriers for continuing use of computerbased tools: a grounded theory approach," Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems (4), 1992, pp. 119-136.

Orlikowski, W. "CASE tools are organizational change: Investigating Incremental and Radical Changes in Systems Development," MIS Quarterly, (17:3), 1993, pp. 309-340.

Yoong, P. A Grounded Theory of Reflective Facilitation: Making The Transition From Traditional To GSS Facilitation, Unpublished PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1996.

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