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Self-Reported Limitations and Future Directions in Scholarly Reports: Analysis and Recommendations


Self-Reported Limitations and Future Directions in Scholarly Reports: Analysis and Recommendations

Brutus, Stéphane, Aguinis, Herman and Wassmer, Ulrich (2012) Self-Reported Limitations and Future Directions in Scholarly Reports: Analysis and Recommendations. Journal of Management . ISSN 0149-2063

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206312455245


The authors content analyzed self-reported limitations and directions for future research in 1,276 articles published between 1982 and 2007 in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, and the Strategic Management Journal. In order of frequency, the majority of self-reported limitations, as well as directions for future research, pertains to threats to internal, external, and construct validity issues, and there is a significant increase in the reporting of these elements over time. Longitudinal analyses revealed that some of these increases varied across management subfields (i.e., business policy and strategy, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and human resource management), indicating unique research contexts within some research domains. Based on the analyses of self-reported limitations and future research directions, the authors offer eight guidelines for authors, reviewers, and editors. These guidelines refer to the need for authors to report limitations and to use a separate section for them and the need for reviewers to list limitations in their evaluations of manuscripts; authors and reviewers should prioritize limitations, and authors should report them in a way that describes their consequences for the interpretation of results. The guidelines for directions for future research focus on positioning them as a starting point for future research endeavors and for the advancement of theoretical issues. The authors also offer recommendations on how to use limitations and future research directions for the training of researchers. It is hoped that the adoption of these proposed guidelines and recommendations will maximize their value so that they can serve as true catalysts for further scientific progress in the field of management.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Article
Authors:Brutus, Stéphane and Aguinis, Herman and Wassmer, Ulrich
Journal or Publication:Journal of Management
Date:30 July 2012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1177/0149206312455245
ID Code:974919
Deposited On:30 Oct 2012 15:55
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:39
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