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PART ONEFoundations of Theory Building

1 To Hell with Gravity

2 Foundations and Definitions of Theory Building

3 General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines

MOST APPLIED DISCIPLINES are stuck because they have not connected sound theory and practice. They need to be advanced. Keep the following points in mind when thinking about theory in applied disciplines:

Theory building defines a specific realm of knowledge and explains how it works.

Applied disciplines are realms of study and practice that are fully understood through their use in the functioning world—such as management, organization development, public administration, marketing, highway engineering, leadership, and nursing.

Practitioners typically throw anything and everything ...

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