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To prosper, organizational psychology should … overcome methodological barriers to progress

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

  • Jeffrey R. Edwards
Journal publication date1/05/2008
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Journal number4
Volume29
Number of pages23
Pages469-491
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Progress in organizational psychology (OP) research depends on the rigor and quality of the methods we use. This paper identifies ten methodological barriers to progress and offers suggestions for overcoming the barriers, in part or whole. The barriers address how we derive hypotheses from theories, the nature and scope of the questions we pursue in our studies, the ways we address causality, the manner in which we draw samples and measure constructs, and how we conduct statistical tests and draw inferences from our research. The paper concludes with recommendations for integrating research methods into our ongoing development goals as scholars and framing methods as tools that help us achieve shared objectives in our field.