Scholarly Views on Theory: Its Nature, Practical Application, and Relation to World View in Business Research

International Journal of Business Management, Vol. 12(9), 2017 DOI:10.5539/ijbm.v12n9p231

10 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2017

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Jason Thomas

Bush School of Government and Public Service; Excelsior College; Grand Canyon University; Concordia University Texas; Northwood University

Date Written: 8 20, 2017

Abstract

Understanding theory, its practical application, and how to select a theoretical framework for research studies is often a challenging problem for new graduate and doctoral business students. As these students explore theory use in various fields and the general academic body of knowledge, this task can become even more daunting and confusing. There does not appear to be a common definition of theory across or within different disciplines. Further, scholars disagree on the value of theory and its practical application. This paper explores the scholarly nature of theory, its application, and its relationship to world view. Examples and a discussion are provided to better help students absorb this important yet ambiguous topic.

Keywords: Theory, Practical Application, World View, Theoretical Framework

JEL Classification: M10, M30

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Jason, Scholarly Views on Theory: Its Nature, Practical Application, and Relation to World View in Business Research (8 20, 2017). International Journal of Business Management, Vol. 12(9), 2017 DOI:10.5539/ijbm.v12n9p231, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3023509

Jason Thomas (Contact Author)

Bush School of Government and Public Service ( email )

College Station, TX
United States

Excelsior College ( email )

Albany, NY
United States

Grand Canyon University ( email )

Phoenix, AR
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Concordia University Texas ( email )

11400 Concorida University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
United States

Northwood University ( email )

4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640
United States

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