The inductive realist model of theory generation: explaining the development of a theory of marketing ethics

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Abstract

This article contributes to theory development in marketing, in general, and to theory development in marketing ethics, in particular. The proposed “inductive realist model of theory generation” incorporates both (1) recent works in the philosophy of science on discovery processes in science and (2) Hunt’s (International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 25(2), 159–178, 2011, AMS Review, 2(1), 5–18, 2012) inductive realist model of theory status. To illustrate how the model can be used, the author shows how the model can contribute to understanding the development of a general theory of marketing ethics that is frequently referred to as the “Hunt-Vitell theory of ethics.”.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalAMS Review
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

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

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