Workshop on Theory Construction for Model Specification

(November 22-26, 2017)

Department of Management Studies (D0MS)

Indian Institute of Technology Madras

workshp overview

Theory construction lies at the heart of the scientific process. One needs to have theory to write a journal article, a dissertation, or grant proposal. Developing, framing and writing theory is however not easy. Challenge of theory construction is compounded by the fact that while numerous courses, short-term programs, workshops, etc. are offered on research methods and data analysis, very few similar programs and/or sessions are organized to provide a practical, hands-on, systematic approach to developing or constructing theories. It is no wonder then that researchers feel intimidated by the prospect of theory construction. The Workshop on Theory Construction for Model Specification intends to address this gap in research training by familiarizing participants of the various practical aspects of theory building.

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Program Schedule

22nd November 25th November
09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.30 Inauguration 09.30 – 11.00 Thought experiments & hypotheses formulation (I)
10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break 11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break
11.00 – 12.30 Nature of reality and theory 11.15 – 12.45 Thought experiments & hypotheses formulation (II)
12.30 – 13.45 Lunch Break 12.45 – 14.00 Lunch Break
13.45 – 15.15 Theory and its role in research 14.00 – 15.30 Developing theoretical models – Key constructs and their relationships direct, indirect, mediation & moderation
15.15 – 15.30 Tea Break 15.30 – 15.45 Tea Break
15.30 – 17.00 Constituting elements of theory – domain, concept construct, premise and hypotheses 15.45 – 17.15 Introduction to Structural Equation Model
23rd November 26th November
9.30 – 11.00 Focusing on the concept using Instantiation 9.30 – 11.00 Structural Equation Model Development & Testing (I)
11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break 11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break
11.15 – 12.45 Defining concepts and constructs 11.15 – 12.45 Structural Equation Model Development & Testing (II)
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch Break 12.45 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30 Searching and collecting relevant material from available literature 14.00 – 16.00 Model Fit Indices and Interpretation
15.30 – 15.45 Tea Break 16.00 – 16.30 Tea Break
15.45 – 17.15 Morphological analysis 16.30 – 17.30 Valedictory
24th November
9.30 – 11.00 Mapping available literature
11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break
11.15 – 12.45 Gaps in available literature
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.30 Identifying a unique Research Problem, setting research objective/s
15.30 – 15.45 Tea Break
15.45 – 17.15 Defining scope and setting premise of the study