What's in a P? Reassessing Best Practices for Conducting and Reporting Hypothesis-Testing Research

17 Pages Posted: 20 May 2018

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Klaus E. Meyer

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); Copenhagen Business School - Center for East European Studies (CEES)

Arjen van Witteloostuijn

University of Antwerp

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk

University of Groningen

Date Written: May 2017

Abstract

Social science research has recently been subject to considerable criticism regarding the validity and power of empirical tests published in leading journals, and business scholarship is no exception. Transparency and replicability of empirical findings are essential to build a cumulative body of scholarly knowledge. Yet current practices are under increased scrutiny to achieve these objectives. JIBS is therefore discussing and revising its editorial practices to enhance the validity of empirical research. In this editorial, we reflect on best practices with respect to conducting, reporting, and discussing the results of quantitative hypothesis-testing research, and we develop guidelines for authors to enhance the rigor of their empirical work. This will not only help readers to assess empirical evidence comprehensively, but also enable subsequent research to build a cumulative body of empirical knowledge.

Keywords: hypothesis testing, statistical reporting, research malpractices, p value, new guidelines

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Klaus E. and van Witteloostuijn, Arjen and Beugelsdijk, Sjoerd, What's in a P? Reassessing Best Practices for Conducting and Reporting Hypothesis-Testing Research (May 2017). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 5, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3181883 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41267-017-0078-8

Klaus E. Meyer (Contact Author)

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) ( email )

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China

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Copenhagen Business School - Center for East European Studies (CEES) ( email )

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2000 Frederiksberg
Denmark

HOME PAGE: http://www.klausmeyer.co.uk

Arjen Van Witteloostuijn

University of Antwerp ( email )

Prinsstraat 13
Antwerp, Antwerp 2000
Belgium

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

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