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Creativity and Theory Building
Creativity and theory building

Theory building is typically driven by the desire to explain something. Before there is a theory, there is usually a theoretical problem. But where does the theoretical problem come from? Theoretical problems can come from a desire to accomplish some task, a concern about the social impact or social consequences of something, or a wish to understand some process better.

Theories need to be developed to address these kinds of problems, but where do the theories come from? Theories must be developed by human thinkers. And often this process of thinking in the search for theories is highly creative.

The creative side of theory building has often been neglected in textbooks and classes. This chapter discusses some possible beginning points ...

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