Successfully Managing the Literature Review and Write-up Process When Using Grounded Theory Methodology—A Dialogue in Exploration

  • Ciaran Dunne Dublin City University
  • Buse Gamze Ustundag Dublin City University
Keywords: grounded theory methodology, literature review, qualitative research, dissertation, methodology

Abstract

For researchers unaccustomed to using grounded theory methodology (GTM), it can be daunting. To help address this issue, in this article we present a dialogue between a doctoral candidate who is using GTM and an academic who has experience working with this methodology. Through dialogue, we tackle several important points relating to the methodology, focusing on two key aspects which often create challenges for researchers new to GTM: 1. how and when to engage with existing literature, and 2. what significant implications which using this methodology has for the overall written structure of a grounded theory study, not simply the presentation of the grounded theory itself. This format, which ends with a reflection on the dialogue, aims to facilitate a clearer understanding of the methodology, clarify problematic issues, and offer practical guidance on how to apply it, thereby shedding light on "the long, rocky walk through the dark forest of the research process using the GT methods" (WU & BEAUNAE, 2014, p.249).

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Author Biographies

Ciaran Dunne, Dublin City University

Ciarán DUNNE is an assistant professor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies in Dublin City University (DCU), Ireland. He lectures in a variety of disciplines, including Spanish language, qualitative research methods, social entrepreneurship, sociology, creativity, futurism, and intercultural studies. His research interests likewise extend to multiple areas, and his work has been published in top-ranking journals across a variety of disciplines. His PhD, in which he used a grounded theory approach, focused on the intercultural relations between students within the context of the internationalization of higher education.

Buse Gamze Ustundag, Dublin City University

Buse Gamze ÜSTÜNDAĞ is a recent graduate from the PhD program in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies in Dublin City University. Her research focuses on internationalization of higher education and intercultural communication. In particular, she has an interest in exploring the lived experiences and perceptions of international Muslim students studying in Western societies. This includes exploring their personal perceptions about the meaning of Muslim identity, and strategies which can facilitate their integration on campus.

Published
2020-01-28
How to Cite
Dunne, C., & Ustundag, B. G. (2020). Successfully Managing the Literature Review and Write-up Process When Using Grounded Theory Methodology—A Dialogue in Exploration. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-21.1.3338