This paper investigates the potential for Leximancer software to actively support the Grounded Theory (GT) analyst in assessing the “completeness” of their study. The case study takes an existing GT study and retrospectively analyzes the data with Leximancer. The Leximancer output showed encouraging similarities to the main themes emerging from the GT analysis; but not sufficiently at the selective coding level to justifiably claim a definitive cross-check for overall theoretical saturation. Whilst Leximancer is not found to be a substitute for the 'hard labor' of GT coding and theory development, it can provide a very useful, efficient and relatively impartial cross-check of completeness/saturation in the open (and possibly axial) coding stage(s) of a GT study. This automated post-analysis check of GT coding is a novel use of a CAQDAS package.
Grounded Theory, Leximancer, Software, Theoretical Saturation, CAQDAS, Qualitative research
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Harwood, I., Gapp, R. P., & Stewart, H. J. (2015). Cross-Check for Completeness: Exploring a Novel Use of Leximancer in a Grounded Theory Study. The Qualitative Report, 20(7), 1029-1045. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol20/iss7/5