The theoretical framework needed to explain knowledge obtained from a literature review might contain some generic structures. For example:
- I think of concepts, principles, methods and techniques as being quite closely related to each other. Ideas such as Lean Thinking or Six Sigma can be explained using these constructs.
- I also think of policy, process and practice as being closely related. They are often based on or make use of ideas which are expressed using the constructs above.
- That enables me to think of a methodology as something which packages together both of the above.
- Finally, a strategy can be based on a combination of some or all of the above to achieve a particular purpose.