Editor’s note: We are pleased to welcome Herman Aguinis, Ryan K. Gottfredson, and Harry Joo, all of Indiana University, whose article “Best-practice Recommendations for Defining, Identifying, and Handling Outliers” is forthcoming in Organizational Research Methods and now available in the journal’s OnlineFirst section.
Our article was motivated by the need to address the following key questions faced by virtually every researcher conducting empirical work: Do I have outliers in my data? How do I know whether I do? Are they affecting my results? How do I deal with them? Malcom Galdwell, in his bestselling book “Outliers,” went so far as to state that a greater understanding of outliers can help us “build a better
Herman Aguinis is the Dean’s Research Professor, a professor of organizational behavior and human resources, and the founding director of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness in the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. His research interests span several human resource management, organizational behavior, and research methods and analysis topics. He has published five books and more than 100 articles in refereed journals. He is the recipient of the 2012 Academy of Management Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award and a former editor-in-chief of Organizational Research Methods.
Ryan K. Gottfredson is a doctoral student in organizational behavior and human resource management in the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. His research interests include performance management, research methods and analysis, and relationship perceptions in the workplace (e.g., trust, justice). His work has appeared in several refereed journals including Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Business Horizons.
Harry Joo is a doctoral student in organizational behavior and human resource management in the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. His research interests include performance management and research methods and analysis. His work has appeared in several refereed journals including Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Business Horizons.