Developing Theories in Information Systems Research - The Grounded Theory Method Applied

Müller, Benjamin ; Olbrich, Sebastian

Document Type: Book chapter
Year of publication: 2012
Book title: Information Systems Theory : Explaining and Predicting Our Digital Society
The title of a journal, publication series: Information Systems Theory: Explaining and Predicting Our Digital Society
Volume: 2
Page range: 323-347
Publisher: Dwivedi, Yogesh K.
Place of publication: New York, NY [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISBN: 978-1-4419-9706-7
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Wirtschaftsinformatik IV (Mädche 2009-2015)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Scientific work depends on a foundation of strong and robust theories to guide the process of scientific discovery. Theories are paramount for the understanding, description, and prediction of phenomena studies in the field. In information systems research (ISR), however, only few domain-specific theories have emerged from that last decades of scientific work. To help researchers answer the call for more IS-specific theoretical work, this chapter introduces the Grounded Theory Method (GTM) as one approach to conceptual, theory generating work that extends our understanding beyond the use of grand theories from adjacent disciplines. Based on a brief historical overview, the chapter shows some particularities of ISR and how GTM can be used to address them. It introduces the general process of GTM-based studies and shows how theories emerge ground observations grounded in the field. Afterwards, the chapter shows some of the often rather small and substantive theories in IS can mature towards grand theories using the GTM approach. The ability to frame our research results in a theoretical way is important to build a cumulative research tradition in IS. This will not only help to gradually extend our understanding of relevant phenomena, but will also allow for advances in the discipline search for domain identity and in our race for credibility with the adjacent disciplines.

Dieser Eintrag ist Teil der Universitätsbibliographie.

Metadata export


+ Search Authors in

+ Page Views

Hits per month over past year

Detailed information

You have found an error? Please let us know about your desired correction here: E-Mail

Actions (login required)

Show item Show item