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Neue Publikation in Organizational Research Methods


Wir freuen uns, dass das Paper "Using Outliers for Theory Building" von Prof. Michael Gibbert, Dr. Lakshmi Balachandran Nair, Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiß und Prof. Dr. Martin Högl zur Veröffentlichung im Journal Organizational Research Methods akzeptiert wurde.


Outliers are promising candidates for theory building because they defy expected cause-and-effect relationships. Nonetheless, we often treat them as a nuisance and exclude them from further study. In fact, our analysis finds only two papers using outliers for theory development in all quantitative articles published from 1993–2012 in six major management journals; and less than five percent care to even mention them (relaying reasons for deleting them, mostly). To rectify this, we provide a roadmap for empirical researchers interested in theory building.