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Thematic review and analysis of grounded theory application in software engineering

Badreddin, Omar (2013) Thematic review and analysis of grounded theory application in software engineering. Advances in Software Engineering, 2013. ISSN 1687-8094

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We present metacodes, a new concept to guide grounded theory (GT) research in software engineering. Metacodes are high level codes that can help software engineering researchers guide the data coding process. Metacodes are constructed in the course of analyzing software engineering papers that use grounded theory as a research methodology. We performed a high level analysis to discover common themes in such papers and discovered that GT had been applied primarily in three software engineering disciplines: agile development processes, geographically distributed software development, and requirements engineering. For each category, we collected and analyzed all grounded theory codes and created, following a GT analysis process, what we call metacodes that can be used to drive further theory building. This paper surveys the use of grounded theory in software engineering and presents an overview of successes and challenges of applying this research methodology.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1155/2013/468021
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences > School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2015 19:38
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/64

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