2021 Academy of Management #STRongerTogether Virtual Symposium on Editor Perspectives on Alternatives to the Hypo-Deductive Framework in Empirical Management Research

Panel presentations by Rajshree Agarwal, Gautam Ahuja, Christine Beckman, and Alfonso Gambardella. Moderated by Audra Wormald and Evan Starr. Facilitated by Gwen Lee. On July 14, 2021
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    Rajshree Agarwal

    Strategic Management Journal

    The Rudolph Lamone Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. She is currently the Co-Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and has previously served in Co-Editor and Senior Editor roles at Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Organization Science respectively.

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    Gautam Ahuja

    Organization Science

    The Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Organization Science, and served as Associate Editor for Management Science and as a Senior Editor for Organization Science and Strategy Science.

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    Christine Beckman

    Administrative Science Quarterly

    The Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor at the USC Price School of Public Policy. She is the current Editor at Administrative Science Quarterly.

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    Alfonso Gambardella

    Management Science

    Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management and Technology, Bocconi University. He is currently Department Editor of Business Strategy at Management Science (with Joshua Gans), and served as Co-Editor for Strategic Management Journal.

The hypo-deductive approach to empirical work—where hypotheses are deduced and then tested—is the norm in management research. However, recent editorials have questioned the value of this norm in light of alternative forms of empirical inquiry, such as empirical scholarship that seeks to test the viability and implications of assumptions underlying common theories, or seeks to resolve a puzzling theoretical or empirical quandary; or addresses important issues or questions via abduction as opposed to deduction or induction. This virtual symposium brings together the editors of leading empirical management journals to discuss their positions on the value of the hypo-deductive framework and whether and to what extent they see a role for alternative forms of quantitative empirical inquiry in management scholarship.

Digital Reader: Exemplars of alternative forms of quantitative empirical inquiry in management scholarship

  • Adner, Ron, and Rahul Kapoor. “Innovation ecosystems and the pace of substitution: Re‐examining technology S‐curves.” Strategic Management Journal 37.4 (2016): 625-648.
  • Azoulay, Pierre, Nelson P. Repenning, and Ezra W. Zuckerman. “Nasty, brutish, and short: Embeddedness failure in the pharmaceutical industry.” Administrative Science Quarterly 55.3 (2010): 472-507.
  • Bolinger, Alexander R., Gerardo A. Okhuysen, and Bryan L. Bonner. “Investigating individuals’ recollections of group experiences.” Academy of Management Discoveries 6.2 (2020): 235-265.
  • Dahl, Michael S., and Lamar Pierce. “Pay-for-performance and employee mental health: Large sample evidence using employee prescription drug usage.” Academy of Management Discoveries 6.1 (2020): 12-38.
  • Feldman, Emilie R., Raphael Amit, and Belén Villalonga. “Family firms and the stock market performance of acquisitions and divestitures.” Strategic Management Journal 40.5 (2019): 757-780.
  • Flammer, Caroline, and Pratima Bansal. “Does a long‐term orientation create value? Evidence from a regression discontinuity.” Strategic Management Journal 38.9 (2017): 1827-1847.
  • Greenstein, Shane. “The reference wars: Encyclopedia Britannica’s decline and Encarta’s emergence.” Strategic Management Journal 38.5 (2017): 995-1017.
  • King, Andrew A., Brent Goldfarb, and Timothy Simcoe. “Learning from testimony on quantitative research in management.” Academy of Management Review ja (2019).
  • Lave, Charles A., and James G. March. An Introduction to Models in the Social Sciences. University Press of America. (originally published in 1975).
  • Lawrence, Barbara S. “Organizational reference groups: A missing perspective on social context.” Organization Science 17.1 (2006): 80-100.
  • Lyngsie, Jacob, and Nicolai J. Foss. “The more, the merrier? Women in top‐management teams and entrepreneurship in established firms.” Strategic Management Journal 38.3 (2017): 487-505.
  • Moeen, Mahka, and Rajshree Agarwal. “Incubation of an industry: Heterogeneous knowledge bases and modes of value capture.” Strategic Management Journal 38.3 (2017): 566-587.
  • Rider, Christopher I., Peter Thompson, Aleksandra Kacperczyk, and Joacim Tåg. “Experience and entrepreneurship: A career transition perspective.” ILR Review 72.5 (2019): 1149-1181.
  • Rosenberg, Nathan. “Technological change in the machine tool industry, 1840–1910.” The Journal of Economic History 23.4 (1963): 414-443.
  • Shah, Priti Pradhan, Randall S. Peterson, Stephen L. Jones, and Amanda J. Ferguson. “Things are not always what they seem: the origins and evolution of intragroup conflict.” Administrative Science Quarterly 66.2 (2021): 426-474.
  • Sutton, Robert I., and Anat Rafaeli. “Untangling the relationship between displayed emotions and organizational sales: The case of convenience stores.” Academy of Management Journal 31.3 (1988): 461-487.
  • Wormald, Audra, Rajshree Agarwal, Serguey Braguinsky, and Sonali K. Shah. “David overshadows Goliath: Specializing in generality for internationalization in the global mobile money industry.” Strategic Management Journal (2021).