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METHODOLOGY The method of analysis combined citation analysis, citation context analysis, interviews with the theorists and their peers, and surveys of publishing editors and editorial review boards. The case study design is shown in Fig. 3. After the selection of the original theoretical publications, a citation analysis was performed to identify those articles published between 1975 and 1999 that cited them, and the documents (approximately 1,280) were 25 Theories in Practice: Theory Functions and Diffusion of Innovation Surveys Citation Context Analysis Original Theory Publication Interviews Cross Check Citing Authors re Theory Use Original Editors and Review Board Members Cross Check Cross Check Original Theory Publication Theory Use in Citing Papers (Level: Individual Paper) Original Theorists Current Editors and Review Board Members Theory Use in Citing Papers (Level: Theory Group) Cross Check Cross Check Domain Experts Discussions with Citation/Diffusion Experts Iteration Theory Functions Model Theory Use in Citing Papers (Level: Entire Corpus) Theory Use Citation Typology Fig.
4. THE FUNCTIONS OF THEORIES Although a fairly extensive literature exists on the functions of citations in general, none of the existing classifications were constructed specifically to Theories in Practice: Theory Functions and Diffusion of Innovation Theory Acknowledgement Theory Analysis Theory Application Positive (57%) Empirical (71%) Explanatory (94%) Neutral (39%) Theoretical (29%) Proposed ( 6%) 27 Theory Assimilation Existing Framework (76%) Novel Framework (24%) Negative ( 4%) 46% of all cites 32% of all cites 16% of all cites 6% of all cites Fig.
Therefore, ‘‘connectivity’’ may be considered a taken-for-granted element of theory diffusion that is perhaps clearer in more standard citation analyses. Generativity The categories of ‘‘analysis-theoretical,’’ ‘‘application-proposed,’’ and ‘‘assimilation-novel’’ accounted for 11 percent of all citations in the corpus. They are here combined in the meta-category of ‘‘generativity’’ to denote their particular contribution towards the development of new theoretical frameworks. This meta-category includes the development of new theories, the suggestion of new fields for investigation and application, and the subsumption of rival theories into new theoretical frameworks.