Conducting Multilevel Studies in Purchasing and Supply Management Research

Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Forthcoming

Posted: 19 Nov 2018

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Gavin Meschnig

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Craig Carter

Arizona State University (ASU)

Lutz Kaufmann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Date Written: November 7, 2018

Abstract

Purchasing and supply management (PSM) research commonly covers multiple levels of theory and analysis. The theorizing and simultaneous testing of hypotheses across multiple levels is referred to as multilevel analysis (MLA) and is commonly performed using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM). Researchers in the PSM domain have paid little attention thus far to the topic of multilevel studies. Although MLA holds the potential to yield novel insights into PSM issues, it also generates new challenges for authors and reviewers alike. We contribute to this methodological dialogue by examining reasons for conducting multilevel PSM research and offering practical guidance for increasing its methodological rigor.

Keywords: Multilevel Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Theory Building

Suggested Citation

Meschnig, Gavin and Carter, Craig and Kaufmann, Lutz, Conducting Multilevel Studies in Purchasing and Supply Management Research (November 7, 2018). Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3280482

Gavin Meschnig

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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Germany

Craig Carter

Arizona State University (ASU) ( email )

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Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

Lutz Kaufmann (Contact Author)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

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