Theory search is more difficult when there are no data to go on at all. In those situations, you cannot apply a theory to data directly related to the case, but you can look at similar cases and find analogous data. If the analogous data were explained by a good theory, there are chances that theory could apply to your situation.
- Think about a situation or issue where data would not already exist.
- Review the case in Chapter 6 “An Expanded Learning Case: The New Minivan” to start your thinking. Focus on the expanded learning case.
- Your example could be a fairly new innovation or something hypothetical (e.g., cars that fly).
- Look for data that might compensate for data that do not already exist.
In 2 pages:
- Explain how you would approach this issue.
- Include a description of what data you might gather to compensate for the data that do not already exist.
- Review the data you gathered, and provide a short analysis of what you found.
- Include the link or references for the data you collected.