· These pages described different types of contributions
in sociological studies, using the institutional theory
research program as an example. Quick reading to get
some sense about various types of studies and their
contributions mentioned here.
2. Robert I. Sutton and Barry M. Staw. 1995. “What
Theory is Not.” Administrative Science Quarterly
3. Karl E. Weick. 1995. “What Theory is Not, Theorizing
Is.” Administrative Science Quarterly 40: 385-390.
· The two articles above provided journal editors’
reflections on why some manuscript submissions failed
to meet the basic standards in ‘theoretical motivation’.
There are good tips and perspectives on how to produce
a study of high quality. Should be interesting readings.
4. S. Philip Morgan, Diane N. Lye, and Gretchen A.
Condran. 1988. “Sons, Daughters, and the Risk of Marital
Disruption.” American Journal of Sociology
5. Xueguang Zhou, Wei Zhao, Qiang Li and He Cai. 2003.
“Embeddedness and Contractual Relationships in China’s
Transitional Economy.” American Sociological Review
· The two studies above are used to illustrate two
research strategies— inductive versus deductive—in motivating
research issues, design of research. Quick reading to
get a general sense of the main issues and research
design in these two studies.