User:Randyfisher/MP Plan Outline

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Plan (Outline)


  • relative to the field of inquiry
  • relative to the business / organizational development world
  • who, what, why, where, when, how

Questions from "The Craft of Research", 2nd edition, by Wayne C.,Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, University of Chicago Press, 2003 (pp. 46-48)

Identify the Parts and How they Interrelate

  • What are the parts of my topic, and how do they relate to one another?
  • How is my topic part of a larger system?

Trace Its Own History and Its Role in a Larger History

  • How and why has my topic changed through time, as something with its own history
Would this topic have existed in traditional communities?
How would it have been dealt with - ignored, suppressed, or resources allocated?
  • How and why is my topic an episode in a larger history

Identify Its Characteristics and the Categories that Include It

  • What kind of thing is my topic?
  • What is its range of variation
  • How are instances of it similar to, and different from one another
  • To what larger categories can my topic be assigned? How does that help others understand it?

Determine Its Value

  • What values does my topic reflect? What values does it support? Contradict?
  • How good or bad is my topic? Is it useful?