Grounded theory is a widely accepted and applauded research methodology in areas where intricate social dynamics are at play. The selection of a particular research methodology is influenced by a number of factors, including the researcher’s background and the nature of the research question (Strauss and Corbin, 1990). Some areas of study naturally lend themselves more to the qualitative type of research because they are intended to “uncover and understand what lies behind any a phenomenon about which little is yet known” (Strauss and Corbin, 1990, p. 19). Given that, Grounded Theory (GT) is a research methodology where the researcher goes to the field with no research framework in hand (Glaser and Strauss, 1967), it comes out as the best suitable methodology for research in areas with little availability of literature. It is more useful in situations where hypothesis testing impractical. It is also worth mentioning that after doing some initial analysis of the first few interviews, the researcher realizes to extend the theoretical sampling (Strauss and Corbin, 1998, Strauss and Corbin, 1990, Glaser and Strauss, 1967) to respondents who are more suitable sources of information for that particular research. Thus, asking the same questions from different sets of respondents, having completely different views and understanding of the same issue, would have not made any sense. However, the actual grounded theory research is quite difficult and technical. If conducted properly, GT research will always come up with a new theory that could be further tested by other researchers through qualitative or quantitative research.
Objectives of Workshop:
Keeping in view the above introductory background of grounded theory methodology, we have set-up the following objectives to be achieved through this workshop. After participating in this workshop, attendees will be able to:
1. Learn that there are new possibilities of conducting research in social sciences other than well-established quantitative a few qualitative methodologies
2. Understand that grounded theory research is viable, reliable and rigorous
3. Learn that they can produce their own theories in social sciences rather than testing others’ theories
4. Conduct data collection grounded theory research
5. Conduct grounded theory analysis
6. Write grounded theory research
7. Present grounded theory research
Benefits to the Participants
This workshop is expected to be very beneficial to new and experienced researchers by enhancing their understanding of a new rigorous research methodology. This will help them produce new research in new innovating ways and probably introduce new theories in social science.
Dr. Shakir Ullah will conduct the pre-conference workshop on Grounded Theory. He conducted his PhD studies using Grounded Theory as his research methodology and received a Certificate of Distinction from the University of Southampton, UK. His PhD thesis was accepted “with no corrections”, which was a record at the School of Management, University of Southampton.
Dr. Shakir will share his hands-on experience of using Grounded Theory with the participants.
Note: Participants who have registered for the conference (ERSED-2016) can attend the workshop by paying an additional US $50 Fee. Those who only want to register for the workshop can attend it by paying a fee of US $200. Separate Certificate of Participation in ERSED-2016 and Workshop would be given to the participants.