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Lessons from the Trenches of Metatriangulation
Communications of the Association for Information Systems (2003)
  • Carol Saunders, University of Central Florida
  • Traci Carte
  • Jon Sean Jasperson, University of Oklahoma
  • Brian S. Butler, University of Pittsburgh

In this paper we describe our application of a relatively untried research approach called metatriangulation. Metatriangulation is a three-phased, qualitative meta-analysis process that may be used to explore variations in the assumptions of alternative paradigms, gain insights into these multiple paradigms, and address emerging themes and the resulting theories. In applying this method we encountered difficulties in selecting a sample, in reaching agreement among coders, and in our attempts to build theory from our results. From our experiences we developed a modified version of the metatriangulation method. We did find metatriangulation to be an excellent tool in understanding theoretical perspectives in MIS research and believe the use of our modified method will aid future researchers in this pursuit.

  • metatriangulation,
  • qualitative research methods,
  • power,
  • IT
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Carol Saunders, Traci Carte, Jon Sean Jasperson and Brian S. Butler. "Lessons from the Trenches of Metatriangulation" Communications of the Association for Information Systems Vol. 11 (2003)
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