On utilizing grounded theory in business doctoral research: Guidance on the research design, procedures, and challenges

Boadu, Mark and Sorour, Karim (2015) On utilizing grounded theory in business doctoral research: Guidance on the research design, procedures, and challenges. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10. pp. 143-166. ISSN 1556-8881

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Grounded theory is a powerful and rigorous theory building methodology that has attracted considerable interest in business research; however, it is a challenging endeavour especially for novice researchers and in particular at the doctoral level. Although several researchers have attempted to clarify the cannons of various grounded theory approaches, still there is a shortage in guidance for doctoral students who wish to apply grounded theory for their studies. Using an example from a grounded theory business doctoral thesis, this paper provides a guide on the research design and utilisation of the Straussian grounded theory at doctoral level. In doing so, the paper discusses the rationale, features, and benefits of grounded theory. Using an example from corporate governance research, the paper illustrates how the procedures of data analysis (coding), theoretical memoing, and theoretical sampling are applied to systematically generate a grounded theory. Finally, the paper discusses major challenges to utilising grounded theory and how these can be addressed by doctoral researchers. This paper provides a clear and pragmatic exposition that can be useful to guide doctoral researchers who are interested in utilizing the Straussian approach of grounded theory in their studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: research methodology, qualitative research, grounded theory, corporate governance, doctoral research
Subjects: N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 08:42
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:04
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/22780

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