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Combining Grounded Theorizing and Historical Methods: A Proposal to Strengthen the Power of Qualitative Research


  • Burgelman, Robert A.

    (Stanford University)


Qualitative research in the international business field can benefit from combining grounded theorizing with modern historical methods. Modern historical methods orient qualitative research to studying complex nonlinear organizational dynamics. This provides a basis for differentiating qualitative research from most quantitative social science research. By augmenting historical methods with grounded theorizing qualitative research can develop substantive theory that takes the form of conceptual frameworks. Conceptual frameworks can form a useful bridge between the narratives typically produced by historians and the mathematical and statistical models typically developed by high theorists. This logic, which suggests a somewhat novel role for qualitative research in the hierarchy of theory development, potentially strengthens its raison d'etre.

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  • Burgelman, Robert A., 2009. "Combining Grounded Theorizing and Historical Methods: A Proposal to Strengthen the Power of Qualitative Research," Research Papers 2045, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecl:stabus:2045

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