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Flexible Pattern Matching Approach : Suggestions for Augmenting Theory Evolvement

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Bouncken, Ricarda B. ; Qiu, Yixin ; Garcia, Sendra Javier F.:
Flexible Pattern Matching Approach : Suggestions for Augmenting Theory Evolvement.
In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Vol. 167 (June 2021) . - No. 120685.
ISSN 0040-1625
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2021.120685

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Qualitative research can provide rich insights that help understand firms’ actual and future changes, social contexts, and technology development. In this way, qualitative methods substantially promote theory development. Nevertheless, the interaction between observational and theoretical realms often remains fuzzy. Recently, the flexible pattern matching approach was developed, allowing for continuous iteration between extant theories with empirical evidence from qualitative data while maintaining space for theory development. The current paper presents the logic of the flexible pattern matching approach and its strength in unraveling social and technological changes. We advance the flexible pattern matching approach by providing avenues for a longitudinal design and a seven-step roadmap integrating procedures from the Gioia method. We also present the underlying scientific development process.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Flexible pattern matching; Bridging theories and data; Qualitative methods; Longitudinal; Qualitative rigor
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization > Chair Business Administration VI - Strategic Management and Organization - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ricarda Bouncken
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 06:53
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 06:53
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/64994