Describing to theorize
Hervé Dumez (2018) “Décrire pour théoriser”, Revue internationale de psychosociologie et de gestion des comportements organisationnels, vol 24 n° 57, pp. 75-90.
Description is a fundamental scientific technique for comprehensive (qualitative) research. However, too many descriptions do not play a role in the theorizing process because the exercise is complex and, contrary to what is often thought, sophisticated. This article gives the methodological elements to carry out a description with a theoretical aim: to choose a descriptive point of view which makes it possible to discuss the accepted theories, to articulate several descriptions between them (thus different points of view).
Keywords: Description, theory, compressive research, qualitative research.