Scientific Apophenia in Strategic Management Research
20 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013 Last revised: 7 Mar 2022
Date Written: June 2, 2014
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
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