1st Edition

Quantitative Social Science Research in Practice Generating Novel and Parsimonious Explanatory Models for Social Sciences

    168 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Quantitative Social Science Research in Practice: Generating Novel and Parsimonious Explanatory Models examines quantitative Behavioral Science Research (BSR) by focusing on four key areas:

    1. Developing Novel, Parsimonious, and Actionable Causal Models: Researchers often face challenges in creating new, parsimonious causal models supported by empirical evaluation. A promising approach involves using meta-analytic reviews and recent studies to identify relevant constructs and hypotheses to justify them through established theories and research.
    2. Exploring the Scope of Context for a Novel Causal Model: The relevance of causal models may vary based on context, such as national or organizational culture, economic and political situations, and feasibility constraints. BSR has struggled to balance rigor and relevance, as theories effective in one context may not be valid in another. This book presents an approach to determine the context scope for new causal models.
    3. Guidance to Practice from a Novel Causal Model: Quantitative BSR studies should offer practical guidance, but often this guidance is vague or superficial. The book proposes an approach to highlight actionable insights derived from data analysis of new causal models, ensuring that the research offers concrete guidance for practitioners.
    4. Implementing Guidance from Causal Models: A significant limitation of BSR studies is the lack of clarity on how results can be made actionable for decision-makers, considering the costs and benefits of actions. The book presents a method to make research results actionable, especially for models with high explanatory and predictive power.

    The book is designed to be useful for various audiences:

    • Business Managers and Practitioners: Those conducting or utilizing quantitative BSR for decision-making can find practical approaches for developing and applying causal models.
    • Master’s and PhD Students: Students across disciplines interested in quantitative BSR can gain insight into novel methods for creating strong causal models.
    • Active Scholars: Researchers aiming to apply new approaches in their work can benefit from the strategies outlined.
    • Professors and Instructors: Those teaching research methodology or supervising theses can find the book a valuable resource for guiding students in their research projects.

    The book aims to advance the field of quantitative BSR by providing robust methodologies for developing, contextualizing, and implementing causal models, ensuring both academic rigor and practical relevance.

    1. Quantitative Behavioural Science Research: Challenges, Prior and New Approaches

    2. A Process for Generating Strong, Novel, & Parsimonious Explanatory Models

    3. Illustration of the Process for Generating Strong, Novel, and Parsimonious Causal Models

    4. Empirical Evaluation of the Causal Model of the Case Study

    5. Towards an Exploration of the Scope of Context

    6. Towards a Substantive Exploration of Contributions to Practice

    7. Towards Making the Results of Likert-Scale Behavioural Science Research Actionable in Organizational Settings


    Dr. Charlette Donalds is a full-time faculty member of the Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM), The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona. She holds a PhD in Management Information Systems from The UWI.  She has served in several capacities at the MSBM to include, Academic Director of the Masters in Computer Based Management Information Systems and Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Head for the Decision Sciences & Information Systems Unit. She has authored two books, the first published in 2011 – Solving Managerial Problems with Spreadsheets and Databases, and the second more recently in 2022 – Cybercrime & Cybersecurity in the Global South.

    Dr. Kweku-Muata Osei-Bryson is a Professor Emeritus of Information Systems at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He has been a Visiting Professor of Computing at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and Information Systems at the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration. Previously he was Professor of Information Systems & Decision Sciences at Howard University in Washington, DC. He has also worked as an Information Systems practitioner in industry and government in the USA and Jamaica. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics (Management Science & Information Systems) from the University of Maryland at College Park; a M.S. in Systems Engineering from Howard University; and a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences from the University of the West Indies at Mona.