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Journal Article

Grounded in Practice: Using Interpretive Research to Build Theory  pp81-92

Bruce H. Rowlands

© Sep 2005 Volume 3 Issue 1, Editor: Arthur Money, pp1 - 92

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This paper provides guidance for carrying out research using an interpretive framework to build theory of IS practice. The purpose of the paper is to provide an example of (a) factors influencing the choice of interpretive methods, (b) developing a theoretical framework, (c) particulars of data collection and analysis, and (d) an application of evaluative criteria applicable to interpretive research. This paper is different in that the focus is on describing the research process, conceptual issues and the research methods used rather than the findings. This format is important given that there is no accepted general model for communicating interpretive research, and few guidelines exist for conducting the inductive process central to interpretive research.


Keywords: interpretive perspective, case study, grounded theory, qualitative research


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