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Reactions to reading “Remaining consistent with method? An analysis of grounded theory research in accounting”: A comment on Gurd

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  • Vassili Joannidès
  • Nicolas Berland

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a commentary on “Remaining consistent with method? An analysis of grounded theory research in accounting”, a paper by Gurd. Design/methodology/approach - Like Gurd, the authors conducted a bibliographic study on prior pieces of research claiming the use of grounded theory. Findings - The authors found a large diversity of ways of doing grounded theory. There are as many ways as articles. Consistent with the spirit of grounded theory, the field suggested the research questions, methods and verifiability criteria. From the same sample as Gurd, the authors arrived at different conclusions. Research limitations/implications - In our research, the authors did not verify the consistency of claims with grounded theory. The authors took for granted that the article authors had understood and made operational the suggestions of the founders of the method. Practical implications - The four canons of grounded theory can be considered as reference marks rather than as the rules of the method. Accordingly, the researcher is free to develop his or her own techniques and procedures. Originality/value - This paper stimulates debate on grounded theory-based research. On the other hand, it conveys the richness and the variety of interpretive research. Two similar studies, using similar samples and methods, arrive at different (divergent) conclusions.

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  • Vassili Joannidès & Nicolas Berland, 2008. "Reactions to reading “Remaining consistent with method? An analysis of grounded theory research in accounting”: A comment on Gurd," Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 5(3), pages 253-261, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:qrampp:v:5:y:2008:i:3:p:253-261
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    1. Vassili Joannides & N. Berland, 2008. "Grounded theory: quels usages dans les recherches en contrôle de gestion?," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00676580, HAL.
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    1. Bruce Gurd, 2008. "A response to Joannidès and Berland," Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 5(3), pages 262-265, October.
    2. Vassili Joannides, 2011. "Apport de l’ethnicité à la culture en sciences de gestion," Revue Finance Contrôle Stratégie, revues.org, vol. 14(1), pages 33-68., March.
    3. Vassili Joannides, 2011. "Influences de la pré-connaissance sur le design de la recherche:le cas des liens entre comptabilité et gestion," Revue Finance Contrôle Stratégie, revues.org, vol. 14(4), pages 91-127, December.
    4. Vassili Joannides, 2011. "Apports De L'Ethnicite A La Culture En Sciences De Gestion," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00676555, HAL.

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    Accounting; Qualitative research;

    JEL classification:

    • M41 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Accounting

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