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ISBN-13: 978-0205501281 ISBN-10: 0205501281 Edition: 1st

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A Primer in Theory Construction is for those who have already studied one or more of the social, behavioral, or natural sciences, but have no formal introduction to the way theories are constructed, stated, tested, and connected together to form a scientific body of knowledge. The author discusses scientific theories in general terms, but also addresses the special challenges of developing scientific knowledge about social and human phenomena.

 

This Allyn and Bacon Classics Edition contains the complete text of the original copyright 1971 version, with new typography and page design.

About the Author

Paul Davidson Reynolds has been the author or co-author of five books; seven edited collections; 42 research reports and monographs; 85 peer review journal articles and book chapters; eight data sets placed in public archives; and over two hundred presentations to professional and policy audiences. He served  as the director of the Babson Research Conference from 1996 to 2000 and as co-director of the George Washington University-ICSB research conference from 2010 to 2012. In 2004 he received the annual Swedish International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research and in 2012 the Dedication to Entrepreneurship (Research) Award from the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205501281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205501281
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tiro on October 22, 2008
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I read this book as a grad school and then used it many years later when teaching an undergrad seminar. I loved it, and the students did, too.

The book is incredibly concise, clear. The book starts with the idea of concept and works its way (quickly) up to theories. Then the link between theory and empiricism is explored very briefly.

If you have ever wondered what a "theory" is or by what criteria you could judge one, this is your book.
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This short text packs high levels of intellectual thought about theory into its slim container. Very theoretical.
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I am beyond words for how quickly I received my book. It's a beautiful thing!
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By deb on March 6, 2015
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This is a very boring book but useful at the same time.
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