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Volume 5 Issue 2, ECRM 2007 / Jul 2007  pp37‑124

Editor: Ann Brown

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How Hospitality Industry Managers' Characteristics Could Influence Hospitality Management Curricula  pp37‑48

Sjoerd A. Gehrels

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Research Dilemmas in Management and Business Studies  pp49‑60

John Mendy

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Development of Variant Definitions for Stakeholder Groups with Regard to the Performance of Public Transit in the United States  pp61‑70

Jason Keith Phillips, Diane M. Phillips

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Applying Grounded Theory to Study the Implementation of an Inter‑Organizational Information System  pp71‑82

Joan Rodon, Joan A. Pastor

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This paper shows the application of Grounded Theory (GT) method, particularly the Straussian approach to GT, in a research project that studies the role of managers during and after the implementation of an inter‑organizational information system (IOIS). We present the steps followed —sampling, data collection, analysis, and literature comparison— paying special attention to the intricacies that arose during the research process, and we reflect on the lessons learned from using GT in an interpretive case study. The paper shows: first, the application of the coding paradigm proposed by Strauss and Corbin to analyse process data; second, how action diagrams can help structure and report on process data; and, third, the importance of flexibility, creativity, and keeping an open mind when using GT analytical tools, given that various avenues may be apparent before a plausible theory starts to emerge. We consider the paper illustrates some experiences that may inform others in their GT research process. 


Keywords: grounded theory, Straussian approach, coding paradigm, action diagrams, inter-organizational IS implementation


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Susan Sayce

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The Catalog Usability Questionnaire — Adoption and Validation of a Usability Scale for Print‑Catalogs  pp93‑104

Sebastian Schulz, Gunnar Mau, Günter Silberer

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The use of Grounded Theory and of ArenasSocial Worlds Theory in Discourse Studies: A Case Study on the Discursive Adaptation of Information Systems  pp105‑116

Ana C. Vasconcelos

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Wasting Time: The Mission Impossible with Respect to Technology‑Oriented Security Approaches  pp117‑124

Andreas Wagner, Carole Brooke

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