Qualitative theory in finance: Theory into practice

Michelle Salmona, Dan Kaczynski, Tom Smith*

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    This paper discusses the application of qualitative theory in finance research. Six qualitative theoretical orientations are presented to demonstrate a range of philosophical perspectives which a researcher may consider when conducting qualitative inquiry. Finance examples are provided for applied ethnography, content analysis, social constructivism, grounded theory, systems theory, and critical change theory. By aligning and bringing theory into practice, researchers engaged in qualitative inquiry may investigate specific social actions so as to make credible sense of complex circumstances.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)403-413
    Number of pages11
    JournalAustralian Journal of Management
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015


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