In this article the authors present the recent discovery of a novel method of supplementing written grounded theory memos with voice recording, the combination of which may provide significant analytical advantages over solely the traditional written method. Memo writing is an essential component of a grounded theory study, however it is often difficult to capture thoughts, feelings, and emerging theorising using written methods after a research interview. I found that many of these potentially valuable ide as were lost or misunderstood upon reading my subsequent written memo, and the feelings and context which influenced the emerging theory were not always clear. I turned to voice recording to enhance my grounded theory memos and soon discovered substantial additional benefits upon listening back. This novel method, the cognitively different ways in which human brains process verbal and written information, and the ultimate benefits I have enjoyed by combining writing and voice recording memos are presented


Grounded Theory, Memos, Voice Recording, Memory, Cognition, Research Context, Interpretivism

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