Criteria for assessing theory in human resource development from an interpretive perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • Utilizing Patterson's (Patterson, C.H. 1983. Theories of counseling and psychotherapy 4th edn. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row) eight criteria for assessing theory in applied disciplines from a conventional perspective, these criteria are evaluated and where applicable reconstructed, reformulated and renamed from an interpretive perspective of theory building research and assessment. Five additional criteria are proposed and described: compellingness, saturation, prompt to action, fittingness and transferability/transportability. The task of developing such criteria from different paradigms of inquiry while ensuring paradigmatic congruence holds particular challenges, a number of which are discussed. Conclusions and preliminary implications for undertaking this task are presented and summarized. 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Human Resource Development International

author list (cited authors)

  • Lincoln, Y. S., & Lynham, S. A.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Lincoln, Yvonna S||Lynham, Susan A

publication date

  • February 2011