Modelling-as-Theorizing: A Systematic Methodology for Theory Development [chapter]

David Whetten
Essential Skills for Management Research  
OVERVIEW Organizational researchers are primarily trained in data collection techniques and the latest analytical tools, not the nuances of theory building. Our doctoral programs tend to skip over theory building perhaps because it is not a step-by-step process that can be taught like LISREL or event-history analysis. Reading major theorists and writing literature review papers is often passed off as training in theory building, even though such assignments really don't teach one how to craft conceptual arguments. (Sutton and Staw, 1995: 380)
doi:10.4135/9781848605305.n3 fatcat:e3fs6jrx25btfmru4cal2ldp5q