Using Grounded Theory Method in Information Systems: The Researcher as Blank Slate and Other Myths

  • Cathy Urquhart
  • Walter Fernández


Grounded theory method (GTM) was developed in the field of sociology during the 1960s (Glaser and Strauss, 1967) and has been adopted in many fields of research, including information systems (IS). The use of GTM in IS studies echoes the progress of interpretive research from insignificance in the 1980s (Orlikowski and Baroudi, 1991) to its current mainstream status in the IS community (Markus, 1997; Klein and Myers, 2001). Grounded theory research has been published in the major journals of IS and the methodology has gained enough support to have its own special interest group within the Association of Information Systems.


Information System Ground Theory Substantive Theory Information System Research Repertory Grid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Urquhart
    • 1
  • Walter Fernández
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester Metropolitan University Business SchoolManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  2. 2.Research School of Accounting & Business Information SystemsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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