Read Public Finance Review’s Special Issue on Replications in Public Finance for Free!

March 4, 2015 by

money-issues-1035776-mWere Krause and Méndez correct that voters punish corrupt political candidates? Do Toya and Skidmore’s economic variables actually make a difference in the number of deaths and damages from natural disasters? Does the millionaires’ tax really have no effect on the migration of the wealthy as reported by Young and Varner? These studies and more were closely examined and replicated in Public Finance Review‘s Special Issue on Replications in Public Finance.

Editor James Alm and Replication Editor W. Robert Reed discuss the need for replications in their introduction to the Special Issue:

One of the main principles of the ‘‘scientific method’’ is the necessity of PFR_72ppiRGB_powerpointreplicating research results. However, replication has seldom been a valued part of economic research, despite the presence of some articles that have highlighted the need for replications (Dewald, Thursby, and Anderson 1986; Mirowski and Sklivas 1991; McCullough and Vinod 1999; Hamermesh 2007). There is hardly an important area in economics that is not characterized by disparate findings on the same subject. With the growth in empirical methods in economics—using data from naturally occurring studies, field experiments, and laboratory experiments and applying increasingly sophisticated econometric methods—the absence of replication studies has become even more troubling, raising questions about the robustness of many of the published findings and so about its true value to policy makers.

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Albert Bandura Responds to Commentaries: “On the Functional Properties of Perceived Self-Efficacy Revisited”

March 2, 2015 by

JOM 41(3)_Covers.inddIn his paper entitled “On the Functional Properties of Perceived Self-Efficacy Revisited,” Albert Bandura discussed the functional properties of perceived self-efficacy. He concluded with an invitation to readers to submit commentaries on his article. Since the paper made its appearance in the January 2012 issue of Journal of Management, this call was answered by Jeffrey B. Vancouver; Joshua J. Jackson, Patrick L. Hill, and Brent W. Roberts; Gillian B. Yeo and Andrew Neal; and Ronald Bledow. Dr. Bandura recently published a response to these commentaries in the OnlineFirst section of Journal of Management entitled “On Deconstructing Commentaries Regarding Alternative Theories of Self-Regulation.”

The abstract:

The present commentary addresses issues raised in four replies to my editorial on the functional properties of perceived self-efficacy (Bandura, 2012). In my comments on the paper by Jackson, Hill, and Roberts (2012), I discuss the arbitrary nature of “disposition” and question whether an essentially atheoretical computer-structured inventory based on a mixture of superficially assessed habitual behaviors constitutes a theory of personality. In another set of comments, which speak to the paper by Vancouver (2012), I identify two major flaws in Powers’ (1991) perceptual control theory and document experimental compromises in Vancouver’s efforts to demonstrate that goals and self-efficacy operate counteractively. My comments on the Yeo and Neal (2013) paper center on their unsuccessful efforts to explain and verify the proposition that general and specific self-efficacy work at cross-purposes. In response to Bledow’s (2013) entry, I address the conceptual ambiguity of his theory of unconscious self-motivation, misconstruals of the role of self-efficacy in the process of change, and marginalization of the functional role of consciousness in human behavior.

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Neelima Paranjpey on Problem-Solving and Appreciative Inquiry

February 27, 2015 by

[We’re pleased to welcome Neelima Paranjpey of Benedictine University. Dr. Paranjpey recently collaborated with Gervase R. Bushe of Simon Fraser University on their paper “Comparing the Generativity of Problem-Solving and Appreciative Inquiry: A Field Experiment” from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.]

When I was pursuing my PhD in Organization Development, I was very inquisitive about the Appreciative Inquiry process. For years, OD has JABS_72ppiRGB_powerpointfocused on a problem seeking approach and the positive approach to organization change made me curious about its application, whether it works, why it works, how we can improve its theory and application. When I read more I found that Appreciative Inquiry is more than just positive and that it changes organization’s mindset and increases employees capability for renewed social action.

I was working in a transit organization which was undergoing a significant change. The leaders had a desire to initiate an employee recognition program to increase morale in the organization. I used the employee recognition initiative as a basis to conduct my field experiment in appreciative inquiry. I was interested in understanding whether appreciative inquiry was more generative than problem solving. It was fascinating to lead the groups through the process. Participants were engaged in all the groups as this was the first time such an initiative was implemented in the organization. However, the ideas emerging from the appreciative inquiry sessions were much more interesting and applicable. This was apparent from not only the quantitative results, but even the qualitative open-ended questions asked during the focus groups corroborated the findings. The research has several implications to both academicians and practitioners. This is first time that generativity has been conceptualized and measured in appreciative inquiry. Also, given that a generative approach to appreciative inquiry results in compelling and practical ideas in a limited time frame and creates a more favorable mindset towards changes makes it an important study for organization leaders who are attempting to get real employee engagement in any change initiative.

You can read “Comparing the Generativity of Problem-Solving and Appreciative Inquiry: A Field Experiment” from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science for free by clicking here. Don’t forget to sign up for e-alerts and get all the latest news and research from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science sent directly to your inbox!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact Dr. Paranjpey at neelimaparanjpey<at>gmail<dot>com!

gervaseGervase Bushe is Professor of Leadership and Organization Development in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He has 30 years of experience in a wide range of organizational change and development projects and is internationally known for his expertise in appreciative inquiry, a method for transforming organizations by focusing on what works.

27fd91fNeelima Paranjpey, PhD is an experienced Talent Management and OD professional who specializes in providing positive change solutions to improve and grow organizations. She currently works with Vaya Group, Chicago as an Assessment & Development Consultant. She earned her PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University and MS in I/O Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Gender Pay Gap

February 26, 2015 by

only-few-cents-247849-mBack in the news is an issue of importance in the field of management: the gender pay gap. Fifty years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women continue to be paid less than men, even when accounting for factors commonly understood to affect earnings. As the U.S. Census Bureau data has shown, “for the last decade, median earnings for women working full-time, year-round, have been just 77% of men’s earnings.” The American Association of University Women’s research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap, further reveals that college-educated women working full-time were “paid an unexplained 7% less than their male counterparts were paid one year after graduation.”

What does recent research tell us about the gender pay gap? What’s behind it? What are the effects of unequal pay on the workplace, families, the economy? Does it matter? We’re pleased to present the following articles to enrich the discussion. Click on the titles below to read the articles, free through March.

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Read Journal of Management’s Special Issue for Free!

February 25, 2015 by
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Time is running out to read the Special Issue on Bayesian Probability and Statistics in Management Research from Journal of Management for free! How can Bayesian methods overcome limitations of frequentist methods? What is the probability that Bayesian methodologies will one day supersede traditional frequentist methodologies in the organizational science community? Could Bayesian modeling of interactions lead to a general improvement in the communication and understanding of research results? These questions and more are closely examined in the Special Issue.

From Special Issue Editors Michael J. Zyphur, Frederick L. Oswald, and Deborah E. Rupp:

We are pleased to announce the special issue on Bayesian Probability and Statistics in Management Research. Although the past 20 years has jom coverwitnessed a veritable explosion of Bayesian applications in the social and physical sciences, management research has yet to fully take part in the ‘Bayesian revolution’. However, there are many important conceptual and practical reasons for management researchers to engage with Bayesian approaches. These include enabling more precise and flexible methods for testing hypotheses, describing statistical results in a more intuitive manner than is possible with traditional statistical methods, and the availability of a large and multidisciplinary literature with applied Bayesian examples from which we can learn.

This special issue provides JOM readers with key Bayesian concepts and applications relevant to all forms of management research. The issue is truly special for bringing together world-class experts on Bayesian analysis from outside of management (e.g., Gerd Gigerenzer, Andrew Gelman, and Maria Carla Galavotti) to contribute important perspectives that dovetail with a series of substantive contributions from management scholars. These substantive topics are rich and varied: how historical and present research and perspectives inform the adoption of Bayesian analysis in management research; Bayesian approaches to hypothesis testing and structural equation modeling; Bayesian modeling of interpersonal processes and team performance over time; Bayesian model averaging and variable selection in the context of entrepreneurship research; Bayesian models of knowledge networks and organizational change; and Bayesian methods for deriving variance estimates in generalizability theory and meta-analysis. This special issue has something for everyone.

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Marie Carasco-Saul on Leadership and Employee Engagement

February 23, 2015 by

HRDR_72ppiRGB_powerpoint[We’re pleased to welcome Marie Carasco-Saul of The Pennsylvania State University. Marie collaborated with Woocheol Kim and Taesung Kim, both also of The Pennsylvania State University, on their article “Leadership and Employee Engagement: Proposing Research Agendas Through a Review of Literature” from the March 2015 issue of Human Resource Development Review.]

  • What inspired you to be interested in this topic?

There has not been much research examining the relationship between employee engagement and leadership. The term employee engagement has received increasing attention since Kahn (1990) introduced the concept as personal engagement in association with positive psychology and positive influences on organizational effectiveness. We were inspired to explore the concept intersections, learn and offer an overarching multi-dimensional picture surrounding the relationship between leadership and engagement as a foundation for organizational leaders and scholars to build the body of knowledge.

  • Were there findings that were surprising to you?

It was surprising that the first empirical study that investigated the relationship between leadership and employee engagement was conducted in 2009, with most studies focusing on transformational leadership and engagement. Given the recent nature of these investigations, other leadership styles have not received significant exploration with engagement.

  • How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?

Since employee engagement and leadership are highly relevant concepts to organizations, we believe that we provided a big picture of the relationship between the broad concepts and an impetus for subsequent efforts to advance knowledge by offering a research-based conceptual framework, and recommendations that could be applicable to the workplace. Additionally, this work will encourage deeper examination of leadership and engagement constructs beyond transformational leadership.

You can read “Leadership and Employee Engagement: Proposing Research Agendas Through a Review of Literature” from Human Resource Development Review by clicking here. You can have notifications of all the latest research from Human Resource Development Review sent directly to your inbox. Just click here to sign up for -alerts!

9c96051c90b9a493a5_l_538f4Woocheol Kim holds a PhD in the workforce education and development program with an emphasis on human resource development (HRD) and organization development (OD) at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on positive change, work/employee engagement, workplace learning and performance improvement, employee leadership, and career development within organizations.

6a85e52f39421db748_l_8a024Taesung Kim holds a PhD in the workforce education and development program with an emphasis on HRD and OD at the Pennsylvania State University. He earned both his BA in education and MEd in HRD from Yonsei University in Korea (South) and worked for KPMG Korea as a senior manager in the Learning and Development Center. His research interests include workplace learning and performance, leadership, employee/work engagement, professional ethics, and organizational change management.

blogpicMarie Carasco-Saul is a PhD Candidate in the workforce education and development program with an emphasis in HRD and OD at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and has worked in Talent Management in the Oil and Gas industry. She also holds the Global Certification in Human Resources (GPHR®) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). Her research focuses on high-potential leader development.

The Oscars, Creativity and Management Research

February 20, 2015 by

pseudo-oskar-1414835-mAnd the Oscar goes to…

You may have heard that the 2015 Oscars/Academy Awards are being telecast today to a worldwide audience. At this time each year we turn our attention to the world of entertainment and how it’s portrayed and studied in top research. This always yields an interesting array of articles.

And here they are… 15 articles spanning film, television and the arts on topics such as: unpaid work, race and gender issues, cultural entrepreneurship, arts-based management education, films you may have missed, and much more.

Read the articles free through March 31st.


Neil Percival and David Hesmondhalgh
Unpaid Work in the UK television and film industries: Resistance and changing attitudes  (European Journal of Communication: April 2014)

Iain Munro and Silvia Jordan
‘Living Space’ at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Spatial tactics and the politics of smooth space (Human Relations: November 2013)

Leslie Stager Jacques
Borrowing From Professional Theatre Training to Build Essential Skills in Organization Development Consultants (The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science: June 2013)

Jason Smith
Between Colorblind and Colorconscious: Contemporary Hollywood Films and Struggles Over Racial Representation (Journal of Black Studies: November 2013)

Jessica Birthisel and Jason A. Martin
“That’s What She Said”: Gender, Satire, and the American Workplace on the Sitcom The Office (Journal of Communication Inquiry: January 2013)

Tohyun Kim and Mooweon Rhee
Structural and Behavioral Antecedents of Change: Status, Distinctiveness, and Relative Performance (Journal of Management: July 2014)

Jen Katz-Buonincontro
Decorative Integration or Relevant Learning? A Literature Review of Studio Arts-Based Management Education With Recommendations for Teaching and Research (Journal of Management Education: February 2015)

Sonal Minocha, George Stonehouse and Martin Reynolds
Bollywood on Creativity: An Interview With the Internationally Acclaimed Film Director Shekhar Kapur (Journal of Management Inquiry: April 2014)

Alexia Panayiotou
Spacing gender, gendering space: A radical “strong plot” in film (Management Learning: July 2014)

Pablo Dominguez Andersen
The Hollywood Beach Party Genre and the Exotification of Youthful White Masculinity in Early 1960s America (Men and Masculinities: November 2014)

Matt Witt
Out of the Mainstream: Books and Films You May Have Missed (New Labor Forum: January/February 2013)

Eric Yanfei Zhao, Masakazu Ishihara and Michael Lounsbury
Overcoming the Illegitimacy Discount: Cultural Entrepreneurship in the US Feature Film Industry (Organization Studies: December 2013)

Sarah Franzen
Engaging a specific, not general, public: the use of ethnographic film in public scholarship (Qualitative Research: August 2013)

Daniel Ashton
Making Media Workers: Contesting Film and Television Industry Career Pathways (Television & New Media: March 2015)

Keith Randle, Cynthia Forson and Moira Calveley
Towards a Bourdieusian analysis of the social composition of the UK film and television workforce (Work, Employment & Society: October 2014)

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Martin Mende on Coproduction of Transformative Services

February 18, 2015 by

business-graphics-1428634-m[We’re pleased to welcome Martin Mende of Florida State University. Dr. Mende recently collaborated with Jenny van Doorn of the University of Groningen on their article “Coproduction of Transformative Services as a Pathway to Improved Consumer Well-Being: Findings from a Longitudinal Study on Financial Counseling” from Journal of Service Research.]

  • What inspired you to be interested in this topic?

This paper is inspired by the novel paradigm of Transformative Service Research which is concerned with uplifting changes and improvements in consumer well-being. Clearly, credit counseling is a core area of TSR, because it is a service designed to (re)establish consumers’ financial well-being (e.g., by increasing their credit scores and decreasing their perceived financial stress). The relevance of financial counseling has sharply risen in the past decade, reflecting the financial strain that many households have been experiencing, especially related to the recession. Indeed, each year millions of consumers seek help in managing their debt from counseling agencies. We found it surprising that the effectiveness of credit counseling remains somewhat nebulous, and that the exact mechanisms through which counseling helps improve consumer well-being needed more research. Because the success of financial counseling depends heavily on the collaborative behavior of customers, we propose customer coproduction, defined as a customer’s participation in creating the service, as a pathway to financial well-being. Indeed, we find that customer coproduction can positively affect consumers’ objective financial well-being (i.e., an increase in their credit score) and their subjective financial well-being (i.e., reduce their perceived financial stress).

  • Were there findings that were surprising to you?

The findings were probably more inspiring to us than they were surprising. Our research was guided by a theoretical framework that predicted certain outcomes, but it was inspiring and rewarding to see the positive effects of coproduction on consumer well-being (i.e., their increased credit score and reduced financial stress) emerge. The results show that success in credit counseling is truly about the collaboration between advisors and clients; clients (by getting engaged as coproducers) have considerable control about their financial strain. We feel this is a positive and encouraging finding, because many families may feel that they have lost control over their financial situation.

  • How do you see this study influencing future research and/or practice?

We hope it helps financial service providers (e.g., credit counselors), public policy makers, and – of course – even consumers in credit counseling.

Our research offers implications for service providers with regard to (1) 02JSR13_Covers.inddmeasuring customer profiles, (2) segmenting the customer portfolio and designing service delivery for specific segments, and (3) training and empowering employees. First, service providers who survey clients on their service literacy, involvement, and attachment style will be able to better understand and predict the collaborative relationship with their clients. Second, segmenting clients on the basis of these variables allows for customized service provision, which is a more promising pathway to coproduction and consumer well-being (e.g., clients could participate in segment-specific workshops that address their specific motivational needs and/or profiles). In parallel, our results show that segmentation criteria should also include some of our covariates (age, gender, or cohabitation). For example, credit counselors should be cognizant of our finding that the segment of female clients who live with a partner is likely to perceive considerably higher levels of financial stress than the segment of male clients who live alone. Third, employees who provide transformative services should be trained to understand the fundamental effects of coproduction on well-being, as well as the antecedents of coproduction. Furthermore, employees need to be empowered (or even incentivized) to treat client segments with different profiles in a tailored manner.

From a public policy perspective, our findings support the idea of improving consumers’ objective and subjective financial literacy because both constructs drive customer coproduction. Continuing the efforts on public financial education (e.g., educational offers in schools or community centers) is necessary. In addition, public policy makers should engage in efforts designed to increase consumer involvement. To do so, they can leverage traditional marketing tools. One example of such a policy effort is the “Questions Are the Answer” campaign, launched by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to motivate patients to become more engaged when meeting with their doctors (e.g., by preparing questions before their appointment). This campaign integrated traditional advertising (e.g., television, radio, print) with an interactive website. Similar campaigns, albeit on a potentially smaller scale or targeted at specific consumer segments, can be designed to increase consumer involvement in other well-being settings (including financial counseling). Such campaigns would go beyond current approaches of merely providing self-educational tools (e.g., and would train clients on how they can collaborate with service providers most effectively. In rolling out such campaigns, policy makers should collaborate with community-level entities (e.g., schools, employers, community centers, nonprofit organizations) to raise awareness of the positive impact well-being programs can have on consumers’ (financial) well-being if clients are involved. In line with this idea, our work has an important, final implication for consumers in credit counseling. Consumers who act as coproducers benefit in terms of their own objective and subjective well-being, a conclusion that is most inspiring.

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Martin-Mende_smallMartin Mende is an assistant professor of marketing at Florida State University. His research focuses on service science, relationship marketing, transformative service research, and marketing strategy. His research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Service Research, and Journal of Business Research.

doornJvanJenny van Doorn is an associate professor of marketing at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The main focus of her research is on customer relationships, customer engagement and sustainability. Her work has appeared in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Service Research, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Harvard Business Review.

The March Issue of Administrative Science Quarterly is Now Online!

February 16, 2015 by

The March issue of Administrative Science Quarterly is now available and can be read online for free for the next 30 days. This issue offers a range of compelling articles on organizational studies as well as astute book reviews.

The lead article, “Creativity from Constraint? How the Political Correctness Norm Influences Creativity in Mixed-sex Work Groups” was authored by Jack A. Goncalo, Jennifer A. Chatman, Michelle M. Duguid and Jessica A. Kennedy. You can read the abstract below:

As work organizations become increasingly gender diverse, existing theoretical models have failed to explain why such diversity can have a ASQ_v60n1_Mar2015_cover.inddnegative impact on idea generation. Using evidence from two group experiments, this paper tests theory on the effects of imposing a political correctness (PC) norm, one that sets clear expectations for how men and women should interact, on reducing interaction uncertainty and boosting creativity in mixed-sex groups. Our research shows that men and women both experience uncertainty when asked to generate ideas as members of a mixed-sex work group: men because they may fear offending the women in the group and women because they may fear having their ideas devalued or rejected. Most group creativity research begins with the assumption that creativity is unleashed by removing normative constraints, but our results show that the PC norm promotes rather than suppresses the free expression of ideas by reducing the uncertainty experienced by both sexes in mixed-sex work groups and signaling that the group is predictable enough to risk sharing more—and more-novel—ideas. Our results demonstrate that the PC norm, which is often maligned as a threat to free speech, may play an important role in promoting gender parity at work by allowing demographically heterogeneous work groups to more freely exchange creative ideas.

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Book Review: Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India

February 13, 2015 by

51+jLLjZIfLInformal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India. By Rina Agarwala. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 264 pp. ISBN 978-1-107-66308-4, $29.99 (Paperback).

Looking for a good read for the long weekend? Akshay Mangla of Harvard Business School recently reviewed “Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India” in ILR Review.

Informal workers, unprotected by official labor law, make up a majority of the labor force in most developing countries. In addition to performing agricultural labor, informal workers construct roads, clean homes, staff kitchens, and knit clothing. Notwithstanding their centrality to the ILR_72ppiRGB_powerpointeconomy, scholarship on the organization and politics of informal workers remains sparse. We know far too little about the work conditions they experience, how they understand their rights, and not least of all, the strategies by which they organize and engage in formal politics. As with much of the informal economy, informal workers are largely treated as a residual category, one whose import is expected to diminish with economic and political modernization. While much recent scholarship documents the resilience of the informal economy in both developing and rich countries, few studies have investigated whether and how informal workers mobilize as a class and demand their rights. If anything, informality is thought to preclude workers from engaging in collective action given the dispersed and insecure nature of informal employment.

Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Discontent in India offers a fascinating account of how informal workers in India have organized themselves to make collective demands on the state. India provides a rich and important context in which to study informal labor. More than 90% of the Indian labor force is engaged in informal work. Moreover, India’s diverse federal democracy offers considerable variation for analyzing the conditions under which informal workers successfully organize themselves. Agarwala exploits this variation effectively to examine informal worker organizations across two sectors, the construction industry and the bidi (hand-rolled cigarette) industry, and analyzes how successful they are across three Indian states. The study can be divided broadly into two parts: 1) it examines the organizational demands and strategies of India’s informal workers, and 2) it analyzes the political conditions that enable or constrain informal workers’ organizations from achieving their objectives. The research design allows Agarwala to analyze both industry- and state-level factors that could potentially shape the organizational strategies and effectiveness of informal workers’ organizations.

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