Leadership and People Management

Creative destruction in science

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Drawing on the concept of a gale of creative destruction in a capitalistic economy, we argue that initiatives to assess the robustness of findings in the organizational literature should aim to simultaneously test competing ideas operating in the same theoretical space. In other words, replication efforts should seek not just to support or question the original findings, but also to replace them with revised, stronger theories with greater explanatory power. Achieving this will typically require adding new measures, conditions, and subject populations to research designs, in order to carry out conceptual tests of multiple theories in addition to directly replicating the original findings. To illustrate the value of the creative destruction approach for theory pruning in organizational scholarship, we describe recent replication initiatives re-examining culture and work morality, working parents’ reasoning about day care options, and gender discrimination in hiring decisions.
Bibliographic citation: TIERNEY, W., HARDY III, J. H., EBERSOLE, C. R., LEAVITT, K., VIGANOLA, D., CLEMENTE, E. G., ... UHLMANN, E. L. (2020). Creative destruction in science. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 161, 291-309. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.07.002.

Reference: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2020.07.002 (DOI)
Date: 01/11/2020
Author(s): Warren Tierney; Jay H. Hardy III; C. R. Ebersole; K. Leavitt; D. Viganola; Elena Giulia Clemente; Michael Gordon; A. Dreber; M. Johannesson; T. Pfeiffer; Collaboration Hiring Decisions Forecasting Collaboration; Eric Luis Uhlmann
Document type: Article in Journal (refereed)
Department: Managing People in Organizations
Languages: English