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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 3 Prediction and understanding are the two purposes of theory Theory is a coherent set of general propositions, used as principles of explanation of the apparent relationships of certain observed phenomena allow generalizations beyond individual facts or situations Theory development is essentially a process of describing phenomena at increasingly higher levels of abstraction Concept or construct, is a generalized idea about a class of objects, attribute, occurrences, or processes that has been given a name building blocks Concepts abstract reality Concepts are expressed in words that refer to various events or objects Ladder of abstraction the basic concept becomes more abstract, wider in scope, and less amenable to measurement organization of concepts in sequence from the moms concrete and individual to the most general Abstract level in theory development, the level of knowledge expressing a concept that exists...
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2008 for the course BUAD 259 taught by Professor Phares during the Spring '07 term at Mary Washington.

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