Exploring the Use of Grounded Theory as a Methodological Approach to Examine the 'Black Box' of Network Leadership In the National Quality Forum
Author: A. BRYCE HOFLUND
Published in JHHSA, Vol. 35 No. 4
This paper describes how grounded theory was used to investigate the “black box” of network leadership in the creation of the National Quality Forum. Scholars are beginning to recognize the importance of network organizations and are in the embryonic stages of collecting and analyzing data about network leadership processes. Grounded theory, with its focus on deriving theory from empirical data, offers researchers a distinctive way of studying little-known phenomena and is therefore well suited to exploring network leadership processes. Specifically, this paper provides an overview of grounded theory, a discussion of the appropriateness of grounded theory to investigating network phenomena, a description of how the research was conducted, and a discussion of the limitations and lessons learned from using this approach.
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