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An Introduction to Theory Building and This Book
An introduction to theory building and this book

The chapter provides a brief introduction to what a theory is and to this book. It contains three parts. The first part describes the place of a “theory” in relation to the terms “reality,” “knowledge,” “research,” and “science.” The second part describes the relevance of this book by outlining the need for inputs to facilitate the research activity of building theory for hypothesis setting. The third part of the chapter describes some of the features of this book's approach (for example, focus on theory building for hypothesis specification and positivistic orientation). This chapter can aid readers to see the relevance of this book and to understand how inputs in this ...

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