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A methodological review of exploring Turnerís Three-Process Theory of power and the social identity approach


Ye, M and Ollington, N and de Salas, K, A methodological review of exploring Turner's Three-Process Theory of power and the social identity approach, Qualitative Sociology Review, 12, (4) pp. 120-137. ISSN 1733-8077 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Turnerís Three-Process Theory of Power together with Social Identity Theory (SIT) and Self-Categorization Theory (SCT) have been influential in social psychology to examine power-related behaviors. While positivist experimental and survey methods are common in social psychological studies, these approaches may not adequately consider Turnerís constructs due to a comparative lack of ecological validity. Drawing on a methodology-focused review of the existing research of applying aspects of Turnerís theory of power and SIT/SCT, the interpretivist case study approach by using interviews and other data collections is highlighted as an alternative and useful method to the application of Turnerís framework. The applicability of the interpretive case study approach is further emphasized in comparison with the positivist experiments and surveys. This paper also discusses how this new way of exploration may allow us to understand Turnerís work better.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:interpretivist, positivist, social identity, power, ecological validity, experiment, survey, case study
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Information systems
Research Field:Information security management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ye, M (Dr Michelle Ye)
UTAS Author:Ollington, N (Dr Nadia Ollington)
UTAS Author:de Salas, K (Associate Professor Kristy de Salas)
ID Code:112073
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2016-10-26
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