Theory building

Definition: The process of creating and developing a statement of concepts and their interrelationships to show how and/or why a phenomenon occurs. Theory building leads to theory testing.

Related terms: <a href='/glossary/hypothesis/'>Hypothesis</a>, <a href='/glossary/model-philosophy/'>Model (philosophy)</a>, <a href='/glossary/theory/'>Theory</a>, Theoretical contribution, Theoretical model

References: Borsboom et al. (2020), Corley and Gioia (2011), & Gioia and Pitrie

Drafted and Reviewed by: Filip Dechterenko, Mahmoud Elsherif, Helena Hartmann, Charlotte R. Pennington

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