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  • Maizatulziah Modin

    October 29, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    The role of Theory in research?

    Theory explains the idea used for a situation or justifies a course of action, while research is the systematic process to investigate any form of study to establish facts and conclusions. By that definition, the theory plays important role in research which is a tool to identify the problem and to get the solution. A theory provides ideas that explain the concepts or study of material to fund problem-solving and support the topics. It helps to explain and enhance the knowledge for the researcher to come out with prediction and justification.

    Example in project management theory for a resource plan. To allocate resources for a specific project, the Project Manager will use the concept of structural assumption. The Project Manager will derive reasonable assumptions based on WBS (Work Breakdown Structure) to estimate the cost and schedule. So based on that theory or concept, labor cost and resource scheduling can be predicted.

    In short, the theory’s role is to guide research by providing concepts to the study and the relationship between concepts.

    -Mai M-