Remodeling Grounded Theory


  • Barney G. Glaser The Grounded Theory Institute
  • Judith Holton



grounded theory, qualitative data analysis, constant comparative method, theoretical sensitivity


This paper outlines my concerns with Qualitative Data Analysis' (QDA) numerous remodelings of Grounded Theory (GT) and the subsequent eroding impact. I cite several examples of the erosion and summarize essential elements of classic GT methodology. It is hoped that the article will clarify my concerns with the continuing enthusiasm but misunderstood embrace of GT by QDA methodologists and serve as a preliminary guide to novice researchers who wish to explore the fundamental principles of GT. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040245


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Author Biographies

Barney G. Glaser, The Grounded Theory Institute

Barney G. GLASER ( received his BA degree at Stanford 1952. He studied contemporary literature for a year at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, and he spent two years in the army one of which was in Freiburg, Germany, where he became fluent in German and studied literature at University of Freiburg during off-hours. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1961. He then went to University of California San Francisco, where he joined Anselm STRAUSS in doing the dying in hospitals study and in teaching PhD students methods and analysis. He then published his dissertation as a book "Organizational Scientists: Their Professional Careers" and published over 20 articles on the subject of professional careers and the dying research. Then "Awareness of Dying" was written in 1965 and immediately became a resounding success. Upon request, GLASER and STRAUSS wrote the "Discovery of Grounded Theory" in 1967 to show how the dying research was done. Another big success! Then followed two more books on dying and one on chronic illness and one on status passage with STRAUSS. Since then GLASER has written 13 more books using and about grounded theory. Most are now published by Sociology Press. He has written countless articles. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University, Sweden. His works are read throughout the world.

Judith Holton

Judith HOLTON is Research Development Consultant at Holland College, Charlottetown, PE, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Dalhousie) and a Master of Arts (Royal Roads). She is currently engaged in doctoral research using grounded theory, as a PhD candidate at University College Northampton, UK.




How to Cite

Glaser, B. G., & Holton, J. (2004). Remodeling Grounded Theory. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 5(2).