Research Method: Grounded Theory for Descriptive and Exploratory Case Studies

Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 23)


Both Case Study and Grounded Theory methods are still minority research methodologies in information systems. A search of research papers published in higher tier information systems journalsa between 1985 and 2005 showed that only 120 out of 7,372 articles were concerned with case study research. Case methods are, however, well established in organizational research and have become increasingly more accepted in information systems research too (for examples see Benbasat et al., 1987; Galliers et al., 1987; Yin, 1989; Lee, 1989a, b; Orlikowski et al., 1991; Zinatelli et al., 1994). In particular, Eisenhardt (1989) describes a process of building theory from cases, focusing especially on its inductive nature.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information ManagementVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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