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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: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 16:55
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:01
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2586

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