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Garson, G. D. (2015). Explaining Human Behavior: Social & Organizational Theories. Asheboro, NC: Statistical Associates Publishers.

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ISBN-10: 162638035X
ISBN-13: 978-1-62638-035-6

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A graduate-level survey of social and organizational theories with a view to integrating social science theory in research and dissertation writing, Over two dozen common social science theories are presented, each including an inventory of testable hypotheses and a bibliography. Also included are general sections on framing the research question, forming hypotheses, writing the introduction and literature review sections, using theoretical frameworks, and other aspects of article and dissertation writing.

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Table of Contents	3
Introduction	8
Actor-Network Theory	9
Overview	9
Illustrative hypotheses	10
Selected bibliography on actor-network theory	12
Affordance theory	15
Overview	15
Illustrative hypotheses	18
Selective bibliography on affordance theory	19
Agenda-setting theory	22
Overview	22
Illustrative hypotheses	23
Selected bibliography on agenda-setting theory	25
Chaos theory	29
Overview	29
Illustrative hypotheses	33
Selected bibliography on chaos theory	35
Conflict theory	38
Overview	38
Illustrative hypotheses	45
Bibliography	47
Contingency theory	48
Overview	48
Illustrative hypotheses	51
Bibliography	52
Diffusion theory	56
Overview	56
Illustrative hypotheses	61
Selected bibliography on diffusion theory	63
Exchange theory	68
Overview	68
Illustrative hypotheses	70
Selected Bibliography	72
Feminist theory	75
Overview	75
Illustrative hypotheses	76
Selected bibliography on feminist theory	77
Institutional theory	80
Overview	80
Illustrative hypotheses	84
Selected bibliography on institutional theory	87
Market theory	91
Overview	91
Illustrative hypotheses	92
Selected bibliography on market theory	93
Multiple streams theory	95
Overview	95
Illustrative hypotheses	97
Selected bibliography on multiple stream theory	98
Network theory	100
Overview	100
Illustrative hypotheses	102
Selected bibliography on network theory	104
Organizational ecology theory	107
Overview	107
Illustrative hypotheses	110
Selected bibliography on organizational ecology theory	111
Principal-agent theory	115
Overview	115
Illustrative hypotheses	116
Selected bibliography on principal-agent theory	118
Public choice theory	122
Overview	122
Illustrative hypotheses	125
Selected bibliography on public choice theory	126
Resource dependence theory	129
Overview	129
Illustrative hypotheses	130
Selected bibliography on resource dependence theory	133
Social capital theory	137
Overview	137
Illustrative hypotheses	141
Selected bibliography on social capital theory	143
Social choice theory	149
Overview	149
Illustrative hypotheses	151
Selected bibliography on social choice theory	152
Social-cognitive theory	157
Overview	157
Illustrative hypotheses	162
Selected bibliography on social-cognitive theory	164
Social comparison theory	169
Overview	169
Illustrative hypotheses	170
Bibliography	175
Social ecology theory	184
Overview	184
Illustrative hypotheses	188
Selected bibliography on social ecology theory	189
Social judgment theory	193
Overview	193
Illustrative hypotheses	200
Selected bibliography on social judgment theory	202
Structural-functional theory	206
Overview	206
Illustrative hypotheses	210
Selected bibliography on structural-functionalism	213
Structuration theory	217
Overview	217
Illustrative hypotheses	220
Selected bibliography on structuration theory	222
Symbolic interaction theory	224
Overview	224
Illustrative Hypotheses	228
Selected bibliography on symbolic interaction theory	230
Systems theory	234
Overview	234
Illustrative hypotheses	242
Selected bibliography on systems theory	244
Technology acceptance model (TAM) theory	249
Overview	249
Illustrative hypotheses	251
Selected bibliography on TAM	252
Employing theory in social science research	255
Topics	255
Problems	255
Theories	255
Hypotheses	256
Counter-theories and counter-hypotheses	256
Hypotheses and variables	257
Forms of hypotheses	257
Clusters of variables	257
Types of research studies	259
Uses of theoretical frameworks: Examples	262
Type 1: How many dimensions are there in causal space and which are most important?	262
Type 2: Further developing/elaborating on an existing theory	263
Type 3: Refuting an existing or newly proposed theory	264
Type 4: Refuting an existing theory and suggesting an alternative	266
Type 5: Developing better instrumentation for a major theoretical construct	267
Theory in the research article or dissertation outline	267
Introduction and literature review: Outline	267
Introduction and literature review: Details	268
Acknowledgments	272
Appendix: Outlining Checklist	272
Bibliography	275
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