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  Writing the Theoretical Framework
Every study is based on something. This something is generally a
broad theoretical area in the existing research literature.

Some examples include leadership, management, conflict
management, entrepreneurship, gender and diversity in
organizations, human resources, international management,
What IS the
management education and development, management history,
'theoretical
managerial and organizational cognition, operations management,
framework'? organization and management theory, social issues in
management, and technology and innovation management.

Note that these are not merely topics of discussion. These are
disciplines with known authors who have developed specific and
usually named theories.
A theory is NOT a guess or a belief. The foundation of every theory is
empirical evidence provided through rigorously controlled scientific
research designed to avoid bias.

In psychology and the social sciences, theories have two critical
What is a theory? components:

(a) the theory describes specific behavior(s), and

(b) the theory must make predictions about future behaviors.
Researchers use theories as the foundation of emprical studies. The
researcher presents the theoretical framework to place THEIR research
within the perspective of other studies in the same discipline.
What is the
PURPOSE of the The theoretical framework provides support for the proposed study by
presenting known relationships among variables and setting limits or
theoretical boundaries for the proposed study.
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 your purpose is to describe your population and foundations for test hypotheses. Place your population and hypotheses within the context of quantitative the existing literature. Define the broad topic and list germinal researchers in the topic. research Theoretical In a quantitative study. Name their specific foundation first theories. and theories from previous studies to focus your ideas about new relationships among the variables or about new populations under study. All Rights Reserved http://bold­ed. foundations for qualitative However. unique perspectives. Use the theoretical framework as a springboard to new ideas.net Copyright BOLD Educational Software 2014 by Diane M. and (c) explain how these theories tie into your own problem and purpose statements. Present your problem Theoretical statement within the context of the qualitative inquiry method itself. Dusick. Need help with research methodology. you are essentially proposing a new theory. If not. (b) name theories presented by previous researchers.6/1/2015 Writing the theoretical framework framework? So what this means is (a) cite previous researchers.com/barrc/framework. it is acceptable to report on similar work within adolescent education. and Present main issues controversies within the specific topic area Tie in your Discuss how your study fits within other research in the field. look for related topics ­ if you are exploring a new area within adult education. Start with recommendations for further study in specific areas in previously New ideas from published studies. theoretical Summarize the germinal researchers' key concepts. the theoretical framework Use the facts. even in qualitative research enough literature has usually been research published on any given topic to provide you with seminal work about the specific topic. survey design. Cite researchers who present important issues. research In qualitative research.htm 2/2 . Ph. there may be no existing theoretical foundation because theory often emerges from the findings. data analysis. discuss the theoretical orientation of the research itself. or editing? Contact us at editing@bold­ed. Present the broad Start your Theoretical Framework section with a broad overview of the topic. In this case. observations.D. In stating your hypotheses.