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USING THEORY WHAT IS THEORY? + HOW BEST TO USE IT IN YOUR EBI? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MBA THEORY? – jot it down on a post-it sticker WRITE DOWN A PERSONAL.

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1 USING THEORY WHAT IS THEORY? + HOW BEST TO USE IT IN YOUR EBI? WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MBA THEORY? – jot it down on a post-it sticker WRITE DOWN A PERSONAL THEORY OF YOUR OWN– jot it down on a post-it sticker BRIEF ACTVITY IN PLENARY NOW, LETS IDENTIFY & DISCUSS THE KEY FEATIRES OF THEORY, based on what you have jotted down.

2 Some of the key features of theory* Abstraction of reality Conceptualisation Contextual Explains behaviour Evidence based Making sense Observation-based Prediction Prescriptive Provides insights Provides solutions Denotes a relationship between two or more independent factors * Based on student-led discussion at several breakout sessions held at successive B830 Residential Schools

3 Law Un-refuted theory Substantiated theoryTentative theory Hypothesis testing Working Hypothesis Proposition (based on observation & reflection) Hunch (I suppose) Informal / Implicit Formal / Explicit Theory along a continuum* Little or no evidence Substantial & robust evidence Identity * Based on An introduction to Logic & scientific method, M.R. Cohen & E Nagle, Routledge 1966

4 USING THEORY FOCUS ON THE THEORY THEORY-DRIVEN SHOW UNDERSTANDING (Usually with examples) UNDERSTAND INTER- RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER THEORIES FOCUS ON REALITY ISSUE-DRIVEN BREAK DOWN ISSUE/ PROBLEM INTO ITS COMPONENT PARTS BE HIGHLY SELECTIVE YOUR CHOICE (Henri j Ruff, RS August 2007) WHEN YOU APPLY THEORY: vs. WHEN THEORY INFORMS ANALYSIS:


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