on 14 May 2002
The book is a clear and concise account of what grounded theory is and how it has evolved. It provides an interesting account of its historical context and the later divergent opinions of its original proposers. It is also a valuable contribution to management research since many methodology books tend to originate from other branches of social sciences like sociology and psychology etc.
However, the author practically ignored alternative ways of carrying out the analytical part of research. With a wealth of researches already carried out under the banner of "grounded theory", it would been an ideal opportunity for the author to give a critical assessment of its strengths and weaknesses, perhaps within the wider context of competing epistemological process models.
on 21 February 2010
Not much new, and doesn't accurately represent the divergence between Strauss and Glaser, but does present the debate in a simplified form, which is good. I think PhD theses using the classical Glaserian method and theses using Strauss method (if so identified), which can be downloaded for free off the British Library website, will teach more than this text, as there are many GT studies done in organizations which clearly show how to use the classical method in this context. Issues of postmodernism are handled astutely in the good theses.