Qualitative Theory in Finance: Theory into Practice

Posted: 18 Sep 2015

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Michelle Salmona

Australian National University (ANU)

Tom Smith

University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: August 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper discusses the application of qualitative theory in finance research. Six qualitative theoretical orientations are presented to demonstrate a range of philosophical perspectives which a researcher may consider when conducting qualitative inquiry. Finance examples are provided for applied ethnography, content analysis, social constructivism, grounded theory, systems theory, and critical change theory. By aligning and bringing theory into practice, researchers engaged in qualitative inquiry may investigate specific social actions so as to make credible sense of complex circumstances.

Keywords: Finance, qualitative, theory

Suggested Citation

Salmona, Michelle and Smith, Tom M., Qualitative Theory in Finance: Theory into Practice (August 1, 2015). Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2661521

Michelle Salmona (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Tom M. Smith

University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law ( email )

4072 Brisbane, Queensland
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN) ( email )

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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