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Title
Developing a Theory in Academic Research: A Review of Experts’ Advice
Author(s)
Jacob Dankasa
Publisher
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information
Publication Year
2015-09-30
Abstract
Despite the number of developed theories, it still remains a difficult task for some established and emerging scholars in various academic fields to clearly articulate new theories from research studies. This paper reviews and collates the views of scholars on what a theory is and how a good theory can be developed. It explains the concept of a theory, and the different components that make up a theory. The paper discusses the different processes of theory development by emphasizing what theory is and what theory is not. This review found that scholars differ in their definition of a theory, which leads to using terms such as model, paradigm, framework, and theory interchangeably. It found the lack of theoretical constructs in a study to be one of the factors which explains why articles are rejected for publication. This paper may be of benefit to established researchers who may be struggling with theory development, and especially younger academics who are the future of scholarship in various academic fields, particularly in information science.
Keyword
Theory Development; Information Science; Review; Developing a Theory
Journal Title
Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice
Citation Volume
3
ISSN
2287-9099
DOI
10.1633/JISTaP.2015.3.3.4
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8. KISTI 간행물 > JISTaP > Vol. 3 - No. 3
Type
Article
URI
https://repository.kisti.re.kr/handle/10580/9371
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