Challenges of using grounded theory in qualitative research

Jinjin Lu*, Thao Lê, Maliheh Babaee

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Grounded Theory is a qualitative research method that uses a systematic set ofprocedures to develop an inductively derived Grounded Theory about a phenomenon. Ithas made an important contribution to qualitative research methodology. It has been usedin combination with other research methods to provide powerful ways for handlingresearch data and analysis. This chapter gives a brief description of Grounded Theory andidentifies some potential problems based on some criticisms of qualitative researchersagainst Grounded Theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781626186514
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Data analysis
  • Grounded Theory
  • Paradigm
  • Qualitative research
  • Research method

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