This paper highlights how criteria for validity that are usually utilized within quantitative research can be used to provide further validation to fully qualitative research. In this case, the qualitative research utilizes the grounded theory method. This research used the grounded theory to investigate leadership processes in the substantive setting of the Islamic organizations in Australia. The qualitative analysis of qualitative data generated a number of categories that were conceptually unique. Theoretical sampling directed the researcher toward data sources that provided further conceptual uniqueness. The similarity between some of these newly-generated categories and lower-order categories gave cause to claim convergent validity for the findings. Also, the contrast between other newly-generated categories and some lower-order categories gave cause to celebrate discriminant validity. The significant contribution in this paper is bringing convergent validity and discriminant validity to grounded theory research.
Grounded Theory, Construct Validity, Theoretical Sampling, Constant Comparison Method
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Faris, N. (2017). Leadership in an Australian Context: Highlighting a Qualitative Investigation with Construct Validity Support. The Qualitative Report, 22(5), 1420-1438. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss5/17
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