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PART TWOPhases of Theory Building

4 Conceptualize Phase

5 Operationalize Phase

6 Confirm Phase

7 Apply Phase

8 Refine Phase

IF YOU EXAMINE the existing approaches to theory building, you will easily conclude that they are incomplete, inappropriate, or overwhelming. This is because they are based on methodological biases, are couched within specific applied disciplines, or present a level of detail that can only be described as tedious—thus making their utility difficult. All of these conditions add to missing the mark for developing sound theory in applied disciplines.

The foundations of theory building and the method for theory building in applied disciplines have been described in the preceding three chapters of Part One. Now Part Two dives ...

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