A Systems Approach to Understanding Theory: Finding the Core, Identifying Opportunities for Improvement, and Integrating Fragmented Fields
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Systems Research and Behavioral Science
Volume 31, Issue 1, pages 23–31, January/February 2014
How to Cite
Wallis, S. E. (2014), A Systems Approach to Understanding Theory: Finding the Core, Identifying Opportunities for Improvement, and Integrating Fragmented Fields. Syst. Res., 31: 23–31. doi: 10.1002/sres.2159
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 6 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 7 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 10 MAR 2012
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