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Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification in Organizational Studies

by Badrinarayan Shankar Pawar SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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Hbk 156 pages
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Research and research methods are extremely important tools in academic scholarship. At the core of every research method lies the hypothesis. Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification in Organizational Studies focuses on developing a cogent theory that leads to the specification of a hypothesis that can be taken up for subsequent empirical examination.

The book is a concise and holistic guide to theory building for such hypothesis specification. It breaks down the process of theory building into its component steps and explains each of them, starting with formative concepts of theory, units of theory, principles and processes of theory, to explaining theory building for hypothesis specification in organizational studies.

The key areas covered in the book are:
'' introduction to theory building
'' theory in the context of reality, knowledge, science and research
'' role of theory in research
'' units of theory
'' process and practice of theory building
'' observations and examples from published research
'' extensions of theory building for hypothesis specification

The uniqueness of the book lies in its focus on theory building for the specific purpose of hypothesis creation rather than for propounding any grand idea or concept. It is enhanced with insightful texts and citations of thinkers and researchers of international repute.

The book will serve as essential reading material for research methods courses in research programmes. It will be useful for researchers working in the areas of organizational behaviour, human resource management, organization theory, strategy and policy and marketing.

An Introduction to Theory Building and this Book Theory in the Broader Context of Reality, Knowledge, Science, and Research Theory: What it is and its Role in Research Units of Theory Some Aspects of the Process of Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification: Observations and Examples from Published Research Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification: Some Extensions

This book is meant for researchers pursuing quantitative research and interested in doing incremental science. The author has used the positivistic approach to theory building and the book is an outcome of this approach. He has distilled his extensive experience of teaching research methods course to come up with a book that can be used both as a text book by doctoral students and as a ready reckoner by practicing researcher. This book is useful for a researcher who might often come across various terms (concept, construct, variable, premise, mediation, etc.).... this book will be better knowledge of both in text citation and end of text referencing. This book brings together various aspects of theory building under a single umbrella. Guided by an able instructor, this book can serve as a text book for a research methods course.

Badrinarayan Shankar Pawar - Indian Institute of Management