Theory Building for Hypothesis Specification in Organizational Studies

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This book focuses on developing a cogent theory that leads to the specification of a hypothesis that can be taken up for subsequent empirical examination.It is a concise and holistic guide to theory building for such hypothesis specification. This volume 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 ...

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Overview

This book focuses on developing a cogent theory that leads to the specification of a hypothesis that can be taken up for subsequent empirical examination.It is a concise and holistic guide to theory building for such hypothesis specification. This volume 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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

IIMB Management Review
Pawar’s book is extremely well written, abundantly useful and a seminal contribution to the literature on theory building. It is a concise book that can inform academically inclined managers on what is essential to research. And undoubtedly, this book is a reassuring bedside text for management doctoral scholars of all time.
Personnel Today
The book will serve as essential reading material for research method courses in various research degree programmes such as M.Phil, and Ph.D and fellow programmes in management. It will be useful for the researchers in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management, organization theory, strategy and policy and marketing.
Personal Today
A holistic guide to theory building...enhanced with insightful thoughts and citations of other great thinkers and researchers of international repute. This book will serve as an essential reading material for research method courses in various research degree programs such as M.Phil and Ph.D and fellow programs in management. It will be useful for the researchers in the areas of organizational behaviour, human resource management, organization theory, strategy and policy and marketing.
The Journal of Entrepreneurship
[The book] addresses an important gap in the training of post-graduate and advanced bachelor’s level students...the book will help students gain an understanding of a critical part of the research design process and hopefully encourage the formation and refinement of creative research ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788132102441
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/30/2010
  • Series: Response Bks.
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Badrinarayan Shankar Pawar is Professor, Organisational Behavior and Human Resources, at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. He has taught at various institutes including Oklahoma State University (mostly as a teaching associate during his Ph D studies), City University of Hong Kong (1997–2001), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India (2001–2005), and XLRI School of Business and Human Resources (2007–2008).

He has taught various subjects including human resource management, organizational behavior-related subjects, business research methods, research methods, and advanced research methods.

Dr Pawar received his Ph D from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He also received the membership of Phi Kappa Phi in recognition of his academic performance in the Ph D program.

His coauthored/solo academic works include papers published in Academy of Management Review, Long Range Planning, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management, a chapter in Handbook of Organizational Citizenship Behavior (2005, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.), and paper presentations at the Academy of Management. He has also served as the guest editor for a special issue of Journal of Organizational Change Management on Transformational Leadership (2004, Volume 17[2]). His recent work on the topic of workplace spirituality includes one paper published in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal in 2008 and another paper published in Journal of Business Ethics in 2009.

His areas of research interests include organizational citizenship behavior, transformational leadership, and workplace spirituality.

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Table of Contents

Preface
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
References
Index

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