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Organizational Task Environments: An Evaluation of Convergent and Discriminant Validity

26 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2004  

Randall D. Harris

California State University, Stanislaus

Abstract

The organizational task environment (OTE) construct is evaluated using a large, independent sample. A general measurement model for three latent variables, munificence, dynamism and complexity is constructed for confirmatory factor analysis. This model is then tested for both convergent and discriminant validity using a multitrait-multimethod matrix approach. The OTE model in this study demonstrates convergent validity, but it does not exhibit discriminant validity. The results of this study do not provide support for one of the key components of construct validity. Measurement issues are discussed, as well as the implications of this study for the organizational theory and strategic management disciplines.

Suggested Citation

Harris, Randall D., Organizational Task Environments: An Evaluation of Convergent and Discriminant Validity. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 41, No. 5, pp. 857-882, July 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=559305

Randall D. Harris (Contact Author)

California State University, Stanislaus ( email )

Turlock, CA 95382
United States

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