Scientific Apophenia in Strategic Management Research

20 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013 Last revised: 22 Aug 2014

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Brent D. Goldfarb

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Andrew A. King

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Date Written: June 2, 2014

Abstract

Francis Bacon, pioneer of the scientific method, noted in one of his aphorisms that “human understanding is of its own nature prone to suppose the existence of more order and regularity in the world than it finds.” In this paper, we evaluate the extent to which this tendency encourages scholars to publish erroneous or inflated results in top outlets for strategy research. We provide suggestions for reducing mistaken inference.

Keywords: Strategic Management, P-Hacking, False Positives, Hypothesis Testing

JEL Classification: C11, C12, C81, M00, M13

Suggested Citation

Goldfarb, Brent D. and King, Andrew A., Scientific Apophenia in Strategic Management Research (June 2, 2014). Robert H. Smith School Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2337682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2337682

Brent D. Goldfarb (Contact Author)

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Andrew A. King

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )

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