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Theory Emergence in IS Research: The Grounded Theory Method Applied

Sebastian Olbrich
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Benjamin Muller
University of Mannheim, Germany
Fred Niederman
Saint Louis University, USA


Abstract
Where IS research aims at theory building and testing, the vast bulk of theory is borrowed from reference disciplines. While this provides some momentum for research output, it also tends to shift the focus of research away from direct observation of central, core IS issues. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a larger goal of propelling forward indigenous IS theory. To do so we begin with grounded theory (GT) studies published in the Basket of Eight journals. For each identified paper, we analyze the topics, constructs, results, and implicit or stated theory considering the degree to which these papers individually and collectively contribute to an indigenous body of IS theory. Based on our analysis, we consider GT studies suggestive of positive directions for indigenous IS theory development. We encourage continued research and publication of inductive studies as a promising means toward this end.

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Reference:Olbrich, S., Muller, B., Niederman, F. (2011). "Theory Emergence in IS Research: The Grounded Theory Method Applied," Proceedings > Proceedings of JAIS Theory Development Workshop . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 11(148). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/11-148
Keywords:IS theory, Grounded Theory, Literature review
Item Type:Article - Volume 11 Article 148 (2011)
Language:English
Email: Sebastian Olbrich (Sebastian.olbrich@arcor.de)
Benjamin Muller (mueller@uni-mannheim.de)
Fred Niederman (niederfa@slu.edu)

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