Critical Realist Considerations for Literature Reviews
26 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 8, 2015
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
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