Socio-technical Grounded Theory

IEEE Women in Engineering Victorian Section and Monash University are pleased to co-host a virtual seminar on “Socio-technical Grounded Theory” by Superstar of STEM, Associate Professor Rashina Hoda on 22nd June (Tuesday) from 12-1 PM AEST.

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Abstract: Increasingly, most domains involve phenomena that combine human/social aspects with technological aspects, i.e. socio-technical aspects. Socio-Technical Grounded Theory, is a variant of the traditional GT research method, to study socio-technical phenomena for domains such as software engineering, IT, computer science, data science, AI, ML, information systems, and more. When applied well, STGT leads dense and valuable explanations of how and why phenomena occur in practice. STGT can be applied as a full research method leading to mature theories but also for data analysis alone, using its robust open coding and constant comparison procedures. In this data-driven age, STGT promises to help practitioners help make sense of qualitative data to derive valuable insights in a variety of contexts. In this talk, Rashina will present the STGT method for data analysis and theory development in socio-technical areas.

Speaker’s Bio: Associate Professor Rashina Hoda is a leading international expert in the use of Grounded Theory in Software Engineering. With her research teams, over the years, she has developed several grounded theories to explain important software engineering phenomena such as agile transformations, impact of inadequate customer involvement, self-organising agile teams, variations in scrum practice, how self-assignment works, the role of the scrum master, and the role of the project manager on agile projects. Based on over 15 years of experience in actively conducting, supervising, reviewing and editing numerous GT studies, Hoda has developed the Socio-Technical Grounded Theory method, a variant of GT for socio-technical research. Rashina is an associate professor of software engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Melbourne and a Superstars of STEM selected by Science and Technology Australia. For more, visit