Leveraging Archival Data from Online Communities for Grounded Process Theorizing

Authored by: Natalia Levina , Emmanuelle Vaast

Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848725096
eBook ISBN: 9781315849072
Adobe ISBN: 9781317908784


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Process theorizing—theorizing that focuses on how social events unfold over time—has been a stronghold for qualitative research for many years (Hernes, 2014; Langley, 1999; Langley et al., 2013; Markus & Robey, 1988; Pentland, 1999). Whereas there are many flavors of process theorizing (Van de ven & Poole, 1995), there is a shared concern among process theorists to observe and explain how social life unfolds over time. Process theorizing thus depends on accessing longitudinal data, either through direct observations of events unfolding over time, archival records, or narratives of people who took part in these events.

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