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Volume 18 Issue 2 / Dec 2020  pp72‑190

Editor: Ann Brown

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Assessment of Conventional and Advanced Methodologies: Application of Configurational Approach and Fuzzy Set Theory in Emotional Labor Research  pp72‑83

Saman Javed, Noshaba Batool

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Pedagogy and Evaluation: The Challenge for Business and Management Degree Courses in the 21st Century  pp84‑99

Ann Brown, Martin Rich

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Business School Teaching of Research Methods – A Review of Literature and Initial Data Collection for Undergraduate Business School Students  pp100‑114

Anthony Mitchell, Martin Rich

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The Three Positions for Interorganizational Interventionist Researcher: Navigating in the Supplier‑Customer Dyad  pp115‑128

Vesa Tiitola, Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinen, Teemu Laine

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Experience Sampling Methodology: A Systematic Review and Discussion for Organizational Research  pp129‑141

Ozge Can

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A Reflection on SSM as a Critical Social Action Research Method: Towards Improvement of Project Governance  pp142‑152

Carin Venter

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The Discovery of Grounded Theory Practices for Software Engineering Research  pp153‑165

Rozilawati Razali, Mashal Kasem Alqudah, Dzulaiha Aryanee Putri Zainal

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Software engineering (SE) research addresses not only technical issues but also human behaviour. SE is considered as an immature discipline because many technical and social issues concerning software development and management have yet to be specified. SE in general is inclined towards quantitative approaches. Nevertheless, qualitative methods are still appropriate for SE research as the methods encourage deep understanding of subject matter. Grounded Theory (GT) is regarded as one of the potential qualitative methods that is applicable to SE research. The method is able to transform less and unknown SE phenomena into cohesive theories through systematic discovery of empirical data from the ground. This paper shares some encounters of using GT in SE research based on the reflection made on several SE research projects covering various phases of software development life cycle. The encounters are then transformed into adaptations and classified as GT practices for SE research, as an effort to inspire the spirit of using GT in SE particularly among novices. The practices embrace aspects concerning formulating research questions, handling preconceptions, utilising software tools, getting access to data and presenting theory and its development process. To illustrate on how the practices were derived, a case study is presented. The proposed GT practices could act as the starting point of adopting GT in SE research. They shall be refined and improved in future to possibly become best practices when more and more experience of using GT in SE are obtained. 


Keywords: software engineering, grounded theory, qualitative methods, agile methods


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The Research Audit Trail: Methodological Guidance for Application in Practice  pp166‑177

Marian Carcary

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Teaching Research Methodology: Everything’s a Case  pp178‑188

CD Reddy

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Editorial for EJBRM issue 18 volume 2  pp189‑190

Ann Brown

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