3General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines

Contributed bySusan A. LynhamColorado State University

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES of theory building in applied disciplines is making the process both explicit and accessible. Although different methods of theory building advocate different theory-building research processes, there is an inherently generic nature to theory building in applied disciplines. This chapter highlights strategies used in theory building in applied disciplines and overviews the general, five-phase theory-building method mentioned earlier (Figure 3.1). This chapter specifically

This revised and edited chapter first appeared in Advances in Developing Human Resources 4(3), 221–241, S. A. Lynham, Issue Editor, and R. A. ...

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