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The official site of Dr. Barney Glaser and Classic Grounded Theory.

The Grounded Theory Institute is dedicated to helping people learn about authentic Grounded Theory (otherwise knows as Glaserian, Classic, or Orthodox Grounded Theory).  It is a place where scholars come together to aid each other in the pursuit of a better understanding of GT.  From the novice to the GT teacher, there is always a deeper level of understanding possible when it come to the procedures and the power of GT.


***Next troubleshooting seminars***    


Grounded Theory Spring Seminar, Petersfield, UK 

May 24 and May 25, 2018.

Led by Dr Helen Scott and Dr Tom Andrews for those currently undertaking a GT study. For further information contact Dr. Scott at helen@groundedtheoryonline.com

see Seminars 


See Seminars for further information on all the upcoming seminars.   Barney Glaser's now world famous troubleshooting seminars are designed for PhD candidates to trouble shoot exactly their next question with regard to doing their GT dissertation.  The goal is to get candidates closer to finishing the PhD dissertation, by troubleshooting their current GT problem(s) and listening to other student's current GT problems in an open, supportive and noncompetitive discussion.  Seminars cover the many GT issues candidates face in completing their PhD dissertation.  All students will learn from each other, and receive invaluable help.     



 Dr. Barney Glaser's latest Books in print:

The  Glaser Grounded Theory Reader

The book is collection of papers Dr. Glaser has written which contribute originality to the ongoing work in their fields at their time. Consider this reader as volume one. The next reader will be volume two.  It will contain 20 or so contributing, original papers to their respective fields.   

Check it out at:  http://www.sociologypress.com/publications.htm  


Grounded Theory Review is now an open access journal!  Please check it out, at its new website:   http://groundedtheoryreview.com/


Need Help? 

Are you undertaking a classic grounded theory study, but have no one to mentor you?  Contact Helen Scott at http://www.groundedtheoryonline.com/.                                 She can connect you with a Grounded Theory Institute Fellow who can offer you tailored support.


Congratulations to editors Vivian Martin and Astrid Gynnild on the publication of Grounded Theory: the Philosophy, Method, and Work of Barney Glaser.

This anthology brings together a collection of articles on classic grounded theory organized around the concept of mentoring the method.  The four sections for the book are: "Teaching Grounded Theory", "Doing Grounded Theory", "Historical and Philosophical Grounding", and "Advancing Grounded Theory".

With 19 contributors, most of whom have studied with Barney Glaser; the book is a wonderful tribute to both the man and the method.  It does a great job of explaining the roots of GT (exploring the life, philosophies and influences on Barney Glaser), correcting some misunderstanding about the method, and looking at advances in the method.  It is useful to both the novice and the experienced researcher.  


Check out these video clips from one of Barney Glaser’s Grounded Theory troubleshooting seminars.  He talks about the literature review, grounded theory as a jargon, high impact variables, conceptualization, and more.


The world of GT is constantly expanding. Doing Grounded Theory is now available in Swedish:

Att göra grundad teori


It has been translated by GTI Fellow Hans Thulesius, and Thomas Åström. It is available at www.sociologypress.com


Also, if you are a memeber of the GTI, you can join a discussion in Swedish on the GTI forum.


Did you know that if you go to Google Scholar and type in "Barney Glaser," You will see over 7,000 results.  According to this site, Discover of Grounded Theory is cited in over 27,000 books/articles.  Theoretical Sensitivity is cited in over 3600 books/articles.


Announcing the launch of a wonderful new website for GT researchers.  It is called Grounded Theory Online.  Its goal is to offer online:

  • tailored support to research students;
  • support to PhD supervisors and research committees; and
  • consultancy to industry, post doc and professional researchers

Check it out!


Basics of Grounded Theory Analysis is now available in Mandarin

Go to sociologypress.com to order

Also, you will soon be able to order

DOING GROUNDED THEORY IN MANDARIN translated by Dr Foster Fei (2010), ISBN 1-884156-22-3, 进行扎根理论研究:论题与探讨, 巴尼 G. 格拉泽(著) 费小冬 (译) 社会学出版社,美国.  


Discovery of Grounded Theory has been translated now into Polish,  and is being published by the "Nomo's" Publishing Company in the next year. To order a copy go to:


Discovery of Grounded Theory has also been published in Italian and can be purchased directly from the publisher http://www.armando.it/cms/sito/prodotto.asp?id=2237.     The book will be presented in Rome on November 27th. Hear is the announcement:

Roma, 27 novembre 2009
Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Educazione
 Ore 12,30
Presentazione del volume di Barney G. Glaser, Anselm L. Strauss,
a cura di A. Strati
(Armando, Roma, 2009)
e del volume di Massimiliano Tarozzi
(Carocci, Roma, 2008)
Interventi di Antonio Strati e Massimiliano Tarozzi


 A Recently Discovered Article! 

An article written by Dr. Glaser  in 1965 (before Discovery of Grounded Theory) is now available on the forum.  It demonstrates that Dr. Glaser already had conceived and written about all the basic principles of grounded theory before his work with Anselm Strauss.  If you are a member of the GTI you can read it now on the forum. 

Recent PhDs 


We have good news about Dr. Gonzalo Jimenez-Seminario. Dr  Jimenez-Seminario was an attendee at the Mill Valley GT trouble shooting seminar in 2015.  Thanks in part to this seminar he has completed his degree and has been awarded a PhD by the University of Liverpool Management School UK on 5th January 2018.  He is now part of the N*1 University in Chile, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Industrial Engineering School.  Congratulations from the GT community! 

Glenford Prospero wrote to let us know that he successfully passed his final defense December 15, 2016 with the title Initialising Responsibility: Grounded Theory of Becoming a School Administrator. He said that: "My attendance to the workshop boasted my morale and built my confidence as I went along in the whole process of CGTM".  A big congratulation to Dr. Prospero!

On February 12th in University College Cork, Ireland, Claire O'Donnell successfully defended her PhD entitled: "Accommodating Interruptions: a Classic Grounded Theory of nurses working within constraints in caring for patients following a stroke". Well done Dr. O'Donnell!

Another seminar participant, Cynthia Stirbys, wrote to let us know that she successfully defended her dissertation ("Potentializing Wellness through the Stories of Female Survivors and Descendants of Indian Residential School Survivors: A Grounded Theory Study") at the University of Ottawa on October 30th, 2015.  Wonderful news Dr. Stirbys!

We got word that John Michael Leger successfully defended his dissertation on Dec. 9th. The title of my dissertation is “Exerting Capacity: A Grounded Theory Study of the Perspectives of Bedside Registered Nurses about Patient Safety in the Adult Acute Care Environment”.  Congratulations Dr. Leger !

Regina (“Gina”) L. Hale successfully defended her PhD dissertation at the University of Texas Medical Branch on September 9, 2015. Her dissertation was: Mentoring Up: A Classical Grounded Theory Exploring the Protégé’s Perceptions of Nurse-to-Nurse Mentoring.  Gina attended the GT Institute in May, 2015. Congratulations Dr. Hale!

Kelly C. Cowling,  completed her PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in August, 2015.  Her dissertation title is: Problem Food Cravings: A Cycle Fed by Stigma and Shame A Classical Grounded Theory Exploration of the Experience of Food Cravings in Obese and Formerly-Obese Women.  Kelly was an attendee at the GT Institute in May of 2012.  Congratulations Dr. Cowling!

I am happy to report that Alvina Gillani successfully defended her PhD, in 2014.  Her dissertation is titled;   "Reconciling Demands of Conscious: A Grounded Theory of Consumer Behaviour in the Fairtrade Context" She obtained my PhD  from Cardiff University, UK.  Congratulation Dr. Gillani!

“Trish” L. Carr, PhD, RNC-NIC, completed her dissertation in June 2014 at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  Her dissertation is entitled, “Being Heard: A Classical Grounded Theory Exploring the Experiences of Bedside Nurses Working in Children’s Hospitals with Established Shared Governance Models. We wish you all the best and congratulation Dr. Patricia Carr!

I have just discovered that this January (2015) Linda Schurch received her PhD from Walden University.  Her dissertation, (which has been nominated for the best dissertation award!) is titles: Seducing Engagement: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Virtual Leadership. We are very happy to send you our sincere congratulations Dr. Schurch.  All the best.

Belatedly, we want to congratulate Dr. Ruth T. Naylor for receiving her PhD in April 2013.  Her dissertation was titled "Self-Balancing Sanctuarying:  a Grounded Theory of Relaxation and Autogenic Training. " It is available for free dowload at  http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?did=1&uin=uk.bl.ethos.569815.  Wonderful news, Dr. Naylor!

One of our troubleshootees from New York, Oxford and Cork, Mary Hughes successfully defended her VIVA, March 2014.  Her dissertation was titled Accomodating Interruptions: A Grounded Theory of Young People with Asthma.  Many heartfelt congratulation to you Dr. Mary Hughes.

Nice news from Australia. In October Lesley Piko was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the Australian National University.  Her thesis was entitled 'Optimising Professional Life:  A grounded theory of doctors' careers'.  The Theory explains how family doctors make trade-offs between their need for self-care, staying interested in the work and financial reward.  Congratulations to Dr. Lesley Piko!  

I am happy to report that one of our troubleshooters, Karen Koerber-Timmons, received her PhD in nursing from University of Phoenix on July 16th, 2014.  Her dissertation is titled Value-based Teaching: A Grounded Theory of Internalizing Accountability in Teaching Documentation.  She had no revisions!  Congratulations to Dr. Koerber-Timmons, and all the best in your future career.    

We just got word that Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith received her PhD from The University of Nottingham School of Education. Kathryn attended one of our seminars in Cambridge in 2008. Her thesis “Failure is not an option: Leaner Persistence amongst Access to higher Education learners on a DipHE/BSc nursing programme. Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith.

A big congratulations to Dr. Brid O’Brien. Brid, who attended a number of Grounded Theory Seminars in Mill Valley and New York, successfully defended her thesis titled “Anticipatory Vigilance: A Classic Grounded Theory of Risk Reduction and Management in the Perioperative Setting”. The defence was conducted in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland. Well done!

Wade Cockburn defended his dissertation last November and just received word that his degree was awarded.  Wade participated in our June 2010 and May 2011 GT seminars in Mill Valley.  His dissertation is titled:  The Somatic Relationship Between Mind­-Body Therapists and Their Parents: A Grounded Theory Study.  Best of luck to Dr. Wade H. Cockburn.

I am pleased to announce that another seminar participant has joined the ranks of fellow PhDs.  Dr. Juliet Thomas successfully defended her dissertation this spring at Edge Hill University.  Her dissertation is titled:"Finessing Incivility: how student nurses respond to issues concerning their status and learning: A grounded theory".  Congratulations Juliet!

Another seminar graduate, Jennifer Klimek Yingling, has just received her PhD from Rutgers University. Congratulation Dr. Jennifer Klimek Yingling!  Her dissertation is titled, Negotiating Emotional Order: A Grounded Theory of the Survivorship Process in Women Who Have Completed Treatment for Breast Cancer. 

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Nilsen for successfully defending her dissertation, Behaving Collaboratively and Getting Along: A Classical Grounded Theory of Certified Nurse Midwives Collaborating With Physicians in U.S. Hospitals, on Feb. 2013.  It was the first time her Chair has had a dissertation pass without changes!

Mentored by one of our Fellows (Dr. Andy Lowe), Dr. Titus Tossy from Tanzania completed his PhD from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). The Title of his thesis is "Cultivating Recognition: A Classic Grounded Theory of E-learning Providers Working in East Africa".  Congratulations Dr. Tossy!

On of our most devoted students, Bridie McCarthy successfully defended here PhD on October 8th 2012 in Cork, Ireland.  She was lucky to have one of the GTI's fellows,  Hans Thulesius, as  one of her examiners.  Congratulations Dr. McCarthy!

Roland Agoncillo, one of our seminar participants, passed his final defense in the PhD Executive Program at De La Salle University in Manila this July 2012. Congratulation Dr. Roland Nino L. Agoncillo! Hi dissertation is titled "Becoming Selfless for Others: a Grounded Theory of Commitment to Service'

Dr. Jan Green, of Glyndwr University, has just let us know that she has successfully defended her grounded theory dissertation with only minor corrections required.  You are congratulated!

Dr. Tom Andrews is delighted to report that Dr. John Collins, who attended many GT seminars, successfully defended his thesis on Monday, January 9th 2012 at Dublin City University, Ireland. It is entitled "New Normalizing: a Grounded Theory of the transition for migrant health care professionals".  Congratulations John, and all the best to you.

Bruno Felix, who attending one of our Mill Valley troubleshooting seminars, writes to tell us that he successfully defended this dissertation: "Dignity in the relationship between organizations and communities".  It was "approved with distinction" and no rewrites were needed. Congratulations to Dr. Bruno Felix!  He added that he would like to thank the GT Institute for all the support and instructions that he got in that Seminar.

Congratulation to Dr. David Harris Smith.  He successfully defended his dissertation "Theorizing Avatar Sexualities".  It was accepted without revisions and nominated for a thesis dissertation award at York University!

I have just received word that Stephanie Richardson has received her EdD.   Her dissertation is titled "Driven by Meaning: A Classic Grounded Theory of Personal Entrepreneuring". Congratulation to Dr. Stephanie Richardson, we wish you every success!

Congratulation to Dr. Keith Woodman who successfully defended his dissertation "Toward an organizational strategic vitality theory: A study of a public sector board of directors" on March 23rd at Old Dominion University. It is available on request at http://gradworks.umi.com/34/55/3455289.html

Our very own Bibi Potts is now Dr. Martha Potts.  She successfully defended her dissertation on June 7th at Case Western Reserve.  The title is Changing Poison into Medicine through Social Processes of "Finding Pathways Out": The Rwandan Construction of a New Destiny in the Aftermath of the 1994 Genocide.  It received excellent reviews from her committee such as, "the best dissertation I have been involved with" and "we are speechless." Congratulations on a job well done!

Another GT seminar graduate, Stephanie Griffin successfully defended her dissertation on May 12, 2011 at the University of Victoria.  Her thesis was entitled: Negotiating Duality: A Framework for Understanding the Lives of Street-Involved Youth. Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Griffin, we wish you many more successes.

Congratulations to Dr. Carla Wells.  She successfully defended her dissertation on February 16th, 2011.  The title of her grounded theory is “Orchestrating Healing: A Grounded Theory of Registered Nurses Caring for Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers.”  We wish her the best of luck in next big challenge.

The latest seminar participant to receive their degree is Dr. Brent MacWilliams.   His dissertation is titled, "Through the Eyes of the Clinical Preceptor: A Grounded Theory". Congratulations Brent!

Congratulations to Dr. Jenna Breckenridge who pass her defense (with no revisions!) on December 20th.  She participated in the Oxford seminar in February 2010.  Her dissertation is titled “Being Person Driven in a Service Driven Organisation: A Grounded Theory of Revisioning Service Ideals and Client Realities”

I am pleased to announce that one of our troubleshootees, Noel Kerr, successfully defended her dissertation on December 15th at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.  Dr. Kerr's dissertation is titled: "Creating a Protective Picture": A Grounded Theory of How Medical-Surgical Nurses Decide to Follow a Charting-by-Exception Policy on
a Day-to-Day, Patient-by-Patient Basis".  Congratulations!

A big congratulation goes out to Dr. Kim Trahan.  She just completed her PhD from Saybrook University.  Her dissertation is titled, "The Grounded Theory of Building Capacity in Organizational Leadership Through the Cultivation of Awareness, Attention, and Caring" We enjoyed hearing about Kim's study at several of our seminars, and we wish her a wonderful career!

I am pleased to announce that Linda Poisseroux has just received her PhD in Business Organization and Management.  Congratulation Dr. Poisseroux!  Her dissertation was titled: Making a Difference: A Grounded Theory Study of Employee Involvement in the Workplace.

Our very own Anna, is now Dr. Sandgren.  She successfully defended in May, to much acclaim.  Her dissertation is titled "Deciphering Unwritten Rules: Patients, relatives and nurses in palliative cancer care," and is available at Linnaeus University Press.  Congratulations Anna!

Johnben Loy has just written to tell me that on May 13th he successfully defended his dissertation.  He got wonderful comments, and no rewrites!  His dissertation is titled: "Dynasting Across Cultures: A Grounded Theory of Malaysian Chinese Family Firms."  Congratulations Dr. Johnben Loy!

Another troubleshooting seminar participant successfully defended her dissertation.  Dr.  Patricia Wright earned her PhD in December.  Congratulations Trish!

Congratulations to Dr. Evelyn Gordon!  She receiving her degree from Dublin City University.   Her dissertation was on "Re-vitalizing Worthiness" in relation to transcending suicidality.  Evelyn attended our GT seminar in NY in 2009.

Joke van Niekerk just received word that his dissertation was approved.  Congratulation!  Joke came all the way from South Africa to participate in our October 2006 GT seminar.  His dissertation is titled:  Cost and reward as motivating factors in distributed collaborative learning assignments: A grounded theory analysis.  Best of luck to Dr. Johanna Cornelia van Niekerk.

Another GT seminar graduate, Janet Wood successfully defended on Friday, Nov. 6th at University College London.  Her thesis was entitled: Advancing Agendas: a Grounded Theory of engagement with interagency meetings.  Congratulations Dr. Janet Wood, we wish you many more successes.

Just found out that Dr. Bob Prue received his PhD with honors in July of '08.  His dissertation was on the Native American Church as a treatment and support for drug/alcohol addiction.  A belated congratulations, Bob.

Another one of our seminar participants just passed his defense with flying colors. A big congratulation to Dr. Scott Rader who recently received his PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His field of study is Consumer Behavior and his dissertation looked at interaction with mobile technology producers.

Dr. Tom Andrews reports that "Dr. Mark Philbin successfully defended his PhD yesterday in Dublin.  His thesis went through without any corrections, meaning the PhD was awarded immediately!  Mark did very well and we all enjoyed the Viva. "

Dr. James Jones, who came to the Mill Vallley Seminar in 2007, received his Ed.D. in July 2008.  His dissertation was on the information-seeking behavior of people in the construction industry.  Congratulations James!

Dr. Trisha Fritz, one of our long time seminar participants, received her PhD in June of 2006.  Her dissertation was: "Untenable Accountability: No Principal Left Behind, Everyday Professional Development under No Child Behind"   A belated congratulation to you Trisha.

Another seminar participant recently received her Doctorate. Dr. Lorrie Brown's dissertation: Perceiving and Communicating Love: A Grounded Exploration or Recalled Leader-Follower Interactions From Middlechildhood, was accepted Dec. 1, 2008.  Congratulations Lorrie.

We are happy to add Dr. Pernilla Pergert to the list of successful PhDs. Her thesis: Facading in Transcultural Caring Relationships: Healthcare Staff and Foreign-born Parents in Childhood Cancer Care. She successfully defended in Stockholm, June 2008.

A big congratulations to  Dr. Magdalena Verheyen who received her PhD in the UK.  Her thesis was: SURVIVALISING AMONG HOMELESS PEOPLE WITH TUBERCULOSIS: A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY

Another one of the GTI seminar participants has earned her degree.  Dr. Rhonda Rabbitt is now Interim Director, College of Liberal Studies School of Education, University of Wisconsin-La Cross.  Congratulations Rhonda! 

Taira St. John has received her PhD. Her dissertation was Titled: A Grounded Theory of Domestic Violence Perpetration:  Normalizing the Abnormal.  Congratulations Taira!

Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Flynn of Christchurch, New Zealand for  receiving her PhD!

Congratulations to Dr. Virginia Crowe who has received her doctorate right her in the USA.  Her dissertation was titled: From Unknown to Known: A Grounded Theory Study Among Those Who Have Learned About and From Their Depression.  

Congratulations Dr. Carol Roderick !  Her dissertation topic was “Commodifying Self: A Grounded Theory of the Senior Year of Undergraduate Study”.




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Monday, March 12, 2018, Jillian Rhine