Repertory Grid Analysis (RepGrid) is a research method commonly used in a quantitative manner. This paper supports the argument that RepGrid is a suitable tool for information systems researchers to use in gathering qualitative data. This argument is based on experiences with using RepGrid as a qualitative tool in the preliminary stages of an information systems research project and concurs with the findings of two previous authors. The paper begins by describing the method and its potential applications. It then describes the specifics of the research setting and how and why RepGrid was utilised. The authors’ findings in relation to the methods suitability are then presented; these are classified as either ‘limitations’ or ‘strengths’. Mechanisms for overcoming the limitations are detailed. These findings support the conclusion that RepGrid is a suitable tool for gathering qualitative data. The paper is of value to information systems researchers considering various qualitative data gathering techniques. It adds further weight to the findings of previous authors supporting the use of RepGrid and presents materials to assist those considering its use.
Bernard, Terrill and Flitman, Andrew, "Using Repertory Grid Analysis to Gather Qualitative Data for Information Systems Research" (2002). ACIS 2002 Proceedings. Paper 98.