What is Research Approach?

Research approach can be divided into three types:

  • Deductive research approach
  • Inductive research approach
  • Abductive research approach

The relevance of hypotheses to the study is the main distinctive point between deductive and inductive approaches. Deductive approach tests the validity of assumptions (or theories/hypotheses) in hand, whereas inductive approach contributes to the emergence of new theories and generalizations. Abductive research, on the other hand, starts with ‘surprising facts’ or ‘puzzles’ and the research process is devoted their explanation.

The following table illustrates the major differences between deductive, inductive and abductive research approaches in terms of logic, generalizability, use of data and theory.

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