Critical Realist Considerations for Literature Reviews

26 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2015

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

This article adopts a critical realist approach to conducting literature reviews, an approach which attempts to discern the latent theoretical concepts underlying apparently disparate empirical investigations to synthesize diverse yet commensurable primary studies. Following the general model of a systematic review, it makes various comments with a specific goal of developing theory from a critical realist perspective.

Keywords: Theory development, theory building, theory testing, literature reviews, critical realism, information systems research

Suggested Citation

Okoli, Chitu, Critical Realist Considerations for Literature Reviews (December 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2700524

Chitu Okoli (Contact Author)

SKEMA Business School ( email )

Grand Paris Campus
5 quai Marcel Dassault, Suresnes
Paris, 92150
France

HOME PAGE: http://chitu.okoli.org/pro

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