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Diagrammatic Modelling Tools for Grounded Theory Research: The Implementation of a Multi-Representational Approach

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posted on 2024-06-19, 16:04 authored by Anahita Sal MoslehianAnahita Sal Moslehian, Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, Tuba KocaturkTuba Kocaturk
Grounded Theory (GT) researchers have an ever-expanding palette of digital tools available to further analyse complex phenomena with interrelated data sets. However, few GT researchers have systematically examined how the use of diagramming tools can enhance analysis. To advance the analytical process of GT, this study develops a multi-representational approach that integrates with research design. After diagrams supportive of GT are identified for their potential improvements to the analytical process, the research focuses on the experience of employing three diagramming tools (Flourish, Observable, and Pajek) in developing two complementary diagrams (Network and Arc diagrams). The use of these tools for analysis is explained in detail for conducting extensive constructivist GT study; illustrated via a case study examining a century of innovation in hospital design. Via this multiple-source case study, this paper demonstrates how the sagacious deployment of diagramming tools, when carefully aligned to research objectives, can complement GT analysis by facilitating systematic thinking and holistic interpretation of hidden patterns.

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Journal

International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Volume

21

Pagination

1-15

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1609-4069

eISSN

1609-4069

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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