2019 SMS Plenary on Robust & Reliable Research

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    Don Bergh

    šThe Louis D. Beaumont Chair of Business Administration and Professor of Management,
    University of Denver
    šThe inaugural Chair of the Scientific Integrity and Rigor Task,
    Journal of Management

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    Rich Bettis

    šThe Ellison Distinguished Professor of Business Administration,
    Kenan-Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina
    Strategic Management Journal, 2007-2015

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    Brent Goldfarb

    šAssociate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship in the M&O Department,
    University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business
    šAcademic Director,
    Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

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    Connie Helfat

    šThe J. Brian Quinn Professor in Technology and Strategy,
    Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
    Strategic Management Journal

Our research community faces a number of challenges related to promoting robustness and reliability in our work. The SMS plenary session aims to address these challenges and to discuss best practices regarding how to foster robust and reliable research in strategic management. The panel discussion moderated by Gwendolyn Lee, University of Florida, took place at the 2019 Strategic Management Society 39th Annual Conference in Minneapolis. The topics covered were Causality, Empirics, and Theory in Strategic Management (Rich Bettis), Seeking Reproducibility and Replication (Don Bergh), Claims Made in Research Reports (Brent Goldfarb), and Reframing How We Think About Research (Connie Helfat).

Digital Reader: Resources Recommended by the Speaker:

  • Bergh, D. D., Sharp, B. M., Aguinis, H., & Li, M. 2017. Is there a credibility crisis in strategic management research? Evidence on the reproducibility of study findings. Strategic Organization, 15(3): 423-436.
  • Bergh, D. D., Sharp, B. M., & Li, M. 2017. Tests for identifying “Red Flags” in empirical findings: Demonstration and recommendations for authors, reviewers, and editors. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 16(1): 110-124.
  • Bettis, R. A. 2012. The search for asterisks: Compromised statistical tests and flawed theories. Strategic Management Journal, 33(1), pp.108-113.
  • Bettis, R. A., Ethiraj, S., Gambardella, A., Helfat, C., & Mitchell, W. 2016. Creating repeatable cumulative knowledge in strategic management: A call for a broad and deep conversation among authors, referees, and editors. Strategic Management Journal, 37(2), pp.257-261.
  • Bettis, R. A, Helfat, C. E., & Shaver, J. M. 2016. The necessity, logic, and forms of replication. Strategic Management Journal, Special Issue: Replication in Strategic Management, 37(11): 2193–2203.
  • Goldfarb, B. D., & King, A. A. 2016. Scientific apophenia in strategic management research: Significance tests & mistaken inference. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 167–176.