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Organizational behavior : science or scientism?

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by N Beckmann, R Wood, A Minbashian
The belief that OB is more than a set of applied techniques and claims to it being a science rest primarily on the validity of the explanatory mechanisms used to explain how personal and situational factors influence outcomes of interest in organizations, such as job performance and citizenship. Within OB, explanatory mechanisms are typically referred to as mediators and are tested using mediation analysis. A review of mediation analyses over the past 25 years revealed the state of knowledge does not support claims to scientific status by OB. We argue that if OB is to achieve the scientific goal of understanding it needs to improve the validity of inferences about its explanatory mechanisms. We provide recommendations for achieving this aim.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference [electronic resource] : Management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities

Start Page

1

End Page

15

Number of Pages

15

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Australian Graduate School of Management; International conference;

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference

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