Abductive Grounded Theory: a worked example of a study in construction management

Rahmani, F and Leifels, K 2018, 'Abductive Grounded Theory: a worked example of a study in construction management', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 36, no. 10, pp. 565-583.

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Title Abductive Grounded Theory: a worked example of a study in construction management
Author(s) Rahmani, F
Leifels, K
Year 2018
Journal name Construction Management and Economics
Volume number 36
Issue number 10
Start page 565
End page 583
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Grounded Theory, now more than 50 years old, is a qualitative research approach widely employed in the social and human science studies to develop theories with a high degree of conceptuality. For construction management research, given the nature of this applied sub-discipline of management, a paradigmatic shift in Grounded Theory is needed, from classical positivism to pragmatism. Abductive Grounded Theory is posited as the way to achieve this shift in research methodology. The proposition is explored through a worked example, using Early Contractor Involvement research as a case study to demonstrate the research process. The data analysis process of open coding, axial coding and selective coding is described, together with the process of matching complementary prospect theory to explain the interdependencies between theoretical categories. The issues of validity and reliability are addressed. Of particular importance is the faithfulness to the original analytical coding process and then abduction of existing theories from salient literature to explain the relationships amongst emergent concepts. The findings show that, while the development of the research question is initially influenced by the review of literature, there is no deliberate effort to direct or force the collected information towards any set of pre-defined concepts. The study shows promising potential for using Abductive Grounded Theory to develop conceptual and instrumental theories in construction management research.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Abductive approach
grounded theory
qualitative research
research methodology
DOI - identifier 10.1080/01446193.2018.1449954
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 0144-6193
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