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ERIC Number: EJ804029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Dialectical Inquiry: A Structured Qualitative Research Method
Berniker, Eli; McNabb, David E.
Qualitative Report, v11 n4 p643-664 Dec 2006
This paper presents Dialectical Inquiry (DI) as a structured qualitative research method for studying participant models of organizational processes. The method is applied to rich secondary anecdotal data on technology transfer, gathered by subject-matter experts in a large firm. DI assumes that the imposition of a dialectical structure will produce emergent theories in tacit use by organizational actors. As such, it serves as a meta-structure for grounded research. Three competing models were discovered in the data. Each model was analyzed in the context of other models to reveal governing assumptions and counter assumptions. It is demonstrated that each model grasps essential truths, but is necessarily incomplete, and would fail due to internal contradictions. The internal and external validity of the results were tested in a manner consistent with qualitative research. (Contains 3 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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