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By: Pamela J. Shoemaker, James William Tankard Jr. & Dominic L. Lasorsa

In: How to Build Social Science Theories

Chapter 6: Theoretical Statements Relating Four or More Variables

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Theoretical Statements Relating Four or More Variables
Theoretical statements relating four or more variables

In this chapter, we cover why the theory builder might want to use more than three variables in a hypothesis and how to construct theoretical statements relating four or more variables. We will learn how to extend the three-variable strategy to these more complex systems, how to express such multivariate relationships in hypothesis form, and how to think about theoretical and operational linkages for the multivariate relationships of complex systems.

In building theory, the importance of well-expressed theoretical statements cannot be overemphasized. If formulated properly, theoretical statements help the theory builder stay focused on the task at hand. An added benefit is that clear theoretical statements help communicate to others what one is ...

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