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11Figuring Out the Present Status of a Theory

THE BULK OF THIS BOOK has been an effort to detail and illustrate the use of the five-phase General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines. This chapter demonstrates another way of using the method—as a tool for assessing the status of theories. Specifically, this chapter will

• summarize the method’s holistic utility,

• describe how the method can be used to assess theories, and

• illustrate the use of the method to assess applied discipline theories.

Theory building is challenging work. Deep thinking and consistent examination of an integrated set of relationships takes time. Plus, there are many barriers to theory building in applied disciplines. Gaining access to organizations with their ...

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