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Five lessons from WEICK KE (2007)THE GENERATIVE PROPERTIES OF RICHNESS Academy of Management Journal 2007, Vol. 50, No. 1, 14–19.

1. locate the scene deep inside one’s own head, catch the significance of the scene, use that significance to reanimate analysis 2. a head full of theories … increases requisite variety 3. what events mean, what is significant in their … Continue reading

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Step 8: Researchers always bring prejudices, prejudgements, frames of reference, and concepts to their choice of cases

  I am reading a paper by Rycroft-Malone and colleagues (2004) about what constitutes evidence in evidence-based nursing practice. This paper is interesting because it emphasises a plurality of evidence. The authors identify four sources of evidence—from research and scholarship, … Continue reading

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Step 7: Theory (or put less grandly, ideas) always precede the choosing of cases

The positivist twist in Barney Glaser and Anselm Struass’s (1967) formulation of grounded theory was to insist on the theoretically sensitive researcher with no preconceptions. This was the working out of the implications of the philosopher John Stuart Mill’s tabula … Continue reading

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