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Journal Issue
Volume 3 Issue 1 / Sep 2005  pp1‑92

Editor: Arthur Money

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The Development of an Evaluation Framework for Partnership Working  pp1‑10

Maurice Atkinson

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Through a Glass Darkly: Fact and Filtration in the Interpretation of Evidence  pp11‑24

Frank Bannister

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Towards a Second Order Research Methodology  pp25‑36

Jim Brown, Petia Sice

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The Nexus Between Teaching and Research: A Qualitative Study Using two Focus Group on Academic Information Systems Teachers  pp37‑56

Kevin Grant, Stuart Fitzgerald

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Grounded Theory: Its Diversification and Application Through two Examples From Research Studies on Knowledge and Value Management  pp57‑68

Kirsty Hunter, Subashini Hari, Charles Egbu, John Kelly

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Mixed‑mode Surveys Using Mail and Web Questionnaires  pp69‑80

Matthias Meckel, David Walters, Philip Baugh

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

Bruce H. Rowlands

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Abstract

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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