Lessons from the Trenches of Metatriangulation Research Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper we describe our application of a relatively untried research approach called metatriangulation. Metatriangulation is a three-phased, qualitative meta-analysis process that may be used to explore variations in the assumptions of alternative paradigms, gain insights into these multiple paradigms, and address emerging themes and the resulting theories. In applying this method we encountered difficulties in selecting a sample, in reaching agreement among coders, and in our attempts to build theory from our results. From our experiences we developed a modified version of the metatriangulation method. We did find metatriangulation to be an excellent tool in understanding theoretical perspectives in MIS research and believe the use of our modified method will aid future researchers in this pursuit.

published proceedings

  • Communications of the Association for Information Systems

author list (cited authors)

  • Saunders, C., Carte, T. A., Jasperson, '. S., & Butler, B. S.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Saunders, Carol||Carte, Traci A||Jasperson, 'Jon Sean||Butler, Brian S

publication date

  • January 2003