Re: Can anyone Help?

Devi Jankowicz (
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 22:01:52 +0000

Dear Melanie,

>I have read Valerie Stewarts book on Business Applications of Repertory
>Grids. However what I don't understand is how to reduce the constructs of
>20 different people (albeit same job same status) over 24 elements in order
>to get the group constructs for the three different factors.

If I had a pound for every time I'd done a set of grids without thinking
through their analysis, I would be, well, not a rich man now, since I got
the message eventually... but, let's say, comfortably off. They're
seductive, aren't they, grids, with all that voluminous and rich

I haven't enough information from you to work out the grouping of your
respondents in ways (and research design matters apply in grid work as
much as they apply in any other data-gathering activity!) which would say
something about the hypotheses you have in mind, if only implicitly, for

But, look. Partly, the problem is one of data reduction. Assuming that
the elements are the same for all your interviewees, they're a constant
so far as _aggregating_ your data is concerned. Nevertheless, 20 grids
times, let's assume, 8 to 10 constructs, is still a lot of data from
which to systematically perceive some information. Have you thought of
carrying out a content analysis of all the constructs in the set of
grids? Have a look at the following reference, and then shout if it seems
sensible and you want more info: especially about the reliability of the
content analysis procedure.

Kind reagrds,

Devi Jankowicz

Honey, P. "The repertory grid in action" _Industrial and Commercial
Training_ 1979, 11, 11, 452 - 459.