Volume 4, Issue no. 2, March 2005

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 Volume 4, Issue no. 2, March 2005

 The Impact of Symbolic Interaction on Grounded Theory  Barney G. Glaser

 As I stated in the introduction to chapter 9, GT is a general inductive method possessed by no discipline or theoretical perspective or data type.  Yet the takeover of GT by Symbolic Interaction (SI) and all the departments and institutes that SI informs and resides in is massive and thereby replete with the remodeling of GT.  The literature on qualitative methodology is massive and replete with the assertion that SI is the foundation theoretical perspective of GT.  GT is reported as a SI method.  That GT is a general inductive method is lost.


Beyond the Physical Realm: A proposed theory regarding a consumer’s place experience  Mark Rosenbaum

Marketers view place as a marketing mix tool that denotes activities associated with the distribution of products and services.  Thus, the discipline believes that places are alienated from consumers’ lives and experiences.  This article looks at the place concept anew and offers an original theory of consumers’ experience in place.


Visualising Deteriorating Conditions Tom Andrews & Heather Waterman

The research aims were to investigate the difficulties ward staff experienced in detecting deterioration and how these were resolved. The emphasis within the literature tends to be on identifying premonitory signs that may be useful in predicting deterioration.  Changes in respiratory rate is the most consistent of these (Fieselmann et al. 1993; Sax and Charlson 1987; Schein et al. 1990; Smith and Wood 1998) but in common with other signs, it lacks sensitivity and specificity.   The sample consisted of 44 nurses, doctors (Interns) and health care support workers from a general medical and surgical ward.  Data were collected by means of non-participant observations and interviews, using grounded theory as originated by (Glaser and Strauss 1967) and (Glaser 1978).  As data were collected, the constant comparative method and theoretical sensitivity were used as outlined in grounded theory.  A core category of “visualising deteriorating conditions” emerged, together with its sub-core categories of “intuitive knowing”, “baselining” and “grabbing attention”.

The main concern in visualising deteriorating conditions is to ensure that patients suspected of deterioration are successfully referred to medical staff.  The aim is to convince those who can treat or prevent further deterioration to intervene.  Through intuitive knowing they pick up that patients have changed in a way that requires a medical assessment.  To make the referral more credible, nurses attempt to contextualise any changes in patients by baselining (establishing baselines).  Finally with the backup of colleagues, nurses refer patients by providing as much persuasive information as possible in a way that grabs attention.  The whole process is facilitated by knowledge and experience, together with mutual trust and respect.

Grounded Theory and Heterodox Economics Frederic S. Lee

The dominant theory in the discipline of economics, known as neoclassical economics, is being challenged by an upstart, known as heterodox economics.  The challengers face many obstacles, the most significant of which is the actual creation of an alternative economic theory.  However heterodox economists have not settled on what the methodology of theory creation should be.  The aim of this paper is to advocate that the method of grounded theory is the best set of guidelines for theory creation.  In addition, I shall argue that the grounded theory method results in the creation of heterodox economic theories that are historical in structure, content and explanation


The Grounded Theory Bookshelf  Vivian B. Martin

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