Explicating the inductive realist model of theory generation

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Abstract

The inductive realist model of theory generation (Hunt, AMS Review, 3(2), 61–73, 2013) proposes a process model of theory generation that links discovery and justification. This article further explicates the inductive realist model of theory generation by addressing the major issues that marketing academics have raised. Specifically, this article provides answers to six of the most commonly asked questions. (1) Why is the model called “inductive realist”? (2) Is the real world of theory generation as linear as the model depicts? (3) Is the model positive or normative? (4) How does the model relate to the “theory-in-use” approach? (5) Is the model a testable, causal model? (6) Does all “problem recognition” start with “current disciplinary knowledge”?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-27
Number of pages8
JournalAMS Review
Volume5
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Inductive realism
  • Philosophy of science
  • Scientific discovery
  • Scientific realism
  • Theory development

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