From Practice to Theory: Identifying the 'Theories of Practice' and the Role of the Firm in a Sexual Violence Program in Sierra Leone

Posted: 13 Jun 2005

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Lakshmi Ramarajan

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Araceli Garcia del Soto

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: June 1, 2005

Abstract

Traditionally applied research has taken the shape of moving ideas from theory to practice. This paper tries to move from practice to theory in the field of international conflict resolution. First, the paper uses Ross's (2000) Theories of Practice, a framework widely known among conflict resolution practitioners, to examine a project for survivors of sexual violence in Sierra Leone that took place from 2003-2004. Second, in the course of the analysis, the paper shows that the role of the firm is important to understand project outcomes and their impact on peace. The relevance of understanding the theoretical assumptions behind conflict resolution projects and theorizing the role of the firm for both practitioners and researchers is discussed.

Keywords: International Conflict Resolution, Non-governmental organizations, Sexual Violence

Suggested Citation

Ramarajan, Lakshmi and Garcia del Soto, Araceli, From Practice to Theory: Identifying the 'Theories of Practice' and the Role of the Firm in a Sexual Violence Program in Sierra Leone (June 1, 2005). IACM 18th Annual Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=735207 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.735207

Lakshmi Ramarajan (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Araceli Garcia del Soto

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

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