n Journal of Public Administration - Methodological perspectives for novice grounded theory researchers in Public Administration and Management research

Special issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article aims to contextualise some common misunderstandings about grounded theory (GT) and highlight different versions of this method as a qualitative research method. It also aims to provide an understanding of the central concepts related to grounded theory. An overview investigates the development of the qualitative approach to research; gives a historical context of grounded theory as well as of certain principles and concepts of grounded theory. Attention is paid to the process of applying theoretical concepts in terms of the context of a qualitative grounded theory approach. This article concluded with an explanation of selective aspects of the different grounded theory (GT) coding phases that any novice researcher with a basic knowledge of research data analysis methods can follow.

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