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Theoretical Frameworks

Theoretical frameworks consist of explicit assumptions based on observations that are used to explain and predict specific phenomena, such as how people learn. These assumptions provide researchers a particular perspective or lens used to make decisions related to a study.

As a researcher in public administration, public policy, or nonprofit management, it is essential to understand the different theoretical frameworks used in your field. In this blog, you examine theoretical frameworks often used in public administration, public policy, and nonprofit management research and that align with the research question from your Capstone Project. My Capstone Project is on Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Post a list of 3–4 studies with references to specific theoretical frameworks. For each resource, provide a brief summary of the study and how the theoretical framework supports the study. Then, explain why it is relevant to your research question. Include how each theoretical framework in each resource might help you explain your problem or issue.

Theoretical Frameworks READINGS

  • Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2016). The literature review: Six steps to success (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    • Chapter 4, “Step Four, Survey the Literature” (pp. 83-105)

      This chapter explores step 4 of the literature review model, “survey the literature.” This step consists of the three tasks related to managing, organizing, and analyzing data collected from an examination of literature. The chapter provides specific strategies and activities that support the completion of each task.

  • Lu, J. (2013). Intellectual paradigms in public administration. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 35(2), 308–313.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    This article discusses the history and drawbacks of multiple competing paradigms in public administration research. The author calls for the development of a unified paradigm in order to focus research efforts.

  • Walden Library. (2014). Theorists and theories. Retrieved from

    This guide provides resources and links for exploring the work of theorists. This guide also provides tips for discovering theorists.


Last Updated on March 18, 2019

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