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Varieties of relationship between research and theory

Rooke, JA 2007, Varieties of relationship between research and theory , in: Towards the foundation of theory for the built environment, 18-19 June 2007, Digital World Centre, Salford.

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Abstract

This paper addresses the proposal that the Unique Adequacy (UA) requirement of methods should be employed as a criterion for research evaluation. Initially, four types of research are identified. The UA concept is employed to distinguish between these different approaches to construction management research according to their relationship to theory. It is found that the distinction between strong and weak forms of the UA requirement, combined with the distinction between empirically and theoretically driven generate a cross-classification matrix which can accommodate a wide range of approaches. It is shown that action research can resolve a paradox generated by an empty class in the matrix.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 16:55
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2586

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