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12Whatcha Gonna Do?

WE ASSUME YOU HAVE READ Chapters 1 through 11 and have now landed here at Chapter 12—our closing effort. Our minds rang with the regular refrain offered by our mutual Italian-American friend: “Whatcha gonna do?” For sure, “What are we going to do?” was exactly what we thought as we approached this concluding chapter.

• Provide an emotional appeal? No!

• Summarize the book? No!

• Look to the future? No!

• Give some solid advice for your next steps? Yes!

Our goal for this last chapter is to offer some practical advice for moving ahead with your theory-building endeavor.

THE SETUP

The General Method of Theory Building in Applied Disciplines Developing (Figure 12.1) has been detailed for the purpose of advancing both theory and ...

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