Category Archives: refining theory

Zigzagging and proud of being the infidels of science

This is the text of my keynote introductory talk at the State of the Art of Realist Methodologies, (The Leeds Club, Leeds, UK 4th November 2015). The slides associated with this talk may be found here: methods and metaphors nde Our … Continue reading

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I’m not dancing, I’m zigzagging

A second outing for a methodological investigation considering the metaphors we use to describe qualitative researching and the metaphors participants use to describe their experiences. My intention is to move from a metaphor of dance to a metaphor of zigzagging … Continue reading

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The ingredients of realist research for a disputatious community of truth seekers.

Realist researchers are, to use Ray Pawson’s term, a disputatious community of truth seekers. For me, this means that we agree (most of the time) on some or all of the underlying methodological principles, or ingredients, of realist research, but … Continue reading

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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 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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