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  1. The repertory grid – an overview
  2. Eliciting and designing a repertory grid
  3. Analysing a repertory grid
  4. Some examples, and further sources of information

Some examples, and further sources of information

This section includes reference to some Emerald articles which contain useful descriptions of the repertory grid technique. The articles may have already been used as illustrations in the rest of this guide, but are included here as a way of helping the reader build up a body of literature on the subject.

Emerald articles

The following is a list of some Emerald articles:

About the technique itself

Boyle, T.A. (2005), "", Team Performance Management, Vol. 11 Nos. 5/6, pp. 179-187.
Describes use of the technique to look at team performance, and also includes some helpful general discussion of the methodology.

Jankowicz, D. (2001), "Why does subjectivity make us nervous?: Making the tacit explicit", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 61-73.
This article explores use of the technique, and what makes it effective.

Marsden, D. and Littler, D. (2000), "Repertory grid technique – An interpretive research framework", European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 34 No. 7, pp. 816-834.
This is an important article which looks at the use of the technique within the framework of qualitative research.

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Holman, D. (1996), "", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 3-30.
Easterby-Smith has written extensively about the technique and this article, although a little old, is a good introduction and looks at some of the management applications.

Technique applications

Leadership studies:

Senior, B. (1996), "", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 2-32.
Looks at the technique as applied to team performance.

Storr, L. (2004), "", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 18 No. 6, pp. 415-434.
Uses repertory grid to look at the idea of integrity in leadership.

HR and organizational issues:

Dick, P. and Jankowicz, P. (2001), "", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 181-199.

Harris, H. (2001), "", Women in Management Review, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 11-126.

Wright, R.P. and Cheung, F.K. (2007), "Articulating appraisal system effectiveness based on managerial cognitions", Personnel Review, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 206-230.

Zuber-Skerritt, O. and Roche, V. (2004), "", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 82-93.
A good example of a higher education application.

Marketing, consumer studies, branding:

Caldwell, N. and Coshall, J. (2002), "", Management Decision, Vol. 40 No. 4, pp. 383-392.

Hankinson, G. (2005), "", Journal of Services Marketing, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 24-32.

Rocchi, B. and Stefani, G. (2006), "", International Journal of Wine Marketing, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 33-4.

Logistics:

Lemke, F. (2003), "", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 12-35.

Facilities management:

Jones, C. (2002), "", International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 72-8.

Information systems:

Crudge, S.E. and Johnson, F.C. (2007), "", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 63 No. 2, pp. 259-280.

Textbooks

A particularly useful book, and one that is both easy and fun to read, is:

Jankowicz, D. (2004), The Easy Guide to Repertory Grids, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK.

Software

Useful sites for repertory grid software can be found at:

WebGrid III –

– a site that looks at computer applications of personal construct theory.



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