Title: Using Grounded Theory to research emotions at work

Authors: Deborah M. Mazhindu

Addresses: Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, School of Nursing and Primary Care Practice, Liverpool John Moores University, 79 Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L2 2ER, UK

Abstract: There are major differences in the two main interpretations of Grounded Theory, which can be problematic when reviewing research into emotions at work. To ensure good research design, a critical approach to undertaking and reviewing grounded theory is needed, especially in relation to: the researcher|s effects upon data generation, the extent to which researchers have been reflective, the different ways researchers define the creation of conceptual categories and the degree of representation and representativeness of data. Five main conceptual differences in the way grounded theory is conducted are analysed. An overview of selected academic debates surrounding grounded theory is discussed.

Keywords: grounded theory; research; methodology; researcher reflectivity; emotions; workplace emotions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2007.013617

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2007 Vol.2 No.1, pp.88 - 106

Published online: 09 May 2007 *

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