Archive for September, 2007

Data independence

September 27, 2007 1 comment

I left a message on Professor Phil Rosenzweig’s website ( to appreciate how I like his book (The Half Effect) and inquiries about the book that I posted here.

Professor Rosenzweig kindly replied me and said  the most important issue is about data independence whether it’s qualitative or quantitative.

As we know, differences perceptions and memories in informant, it’s really difficult to maintain the data independence for doing research works, especially those done by qualitative approaches. However, it does not mean the public data can warrant the data independence. For example, Enron did show good performance in various criteria before going into collapse.

Therefore, the question in academic is how to sustain and maintain data independence without losing rich information we may learn from informants and public data.

Categories: Research

Don’t assue old frameworks are always right and complete

September 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Did you ever claim some old frameworks and arguments are sustainable in spite of any possible changes or adjustment derived from the contextual variations?

I read McGahan (2007: 751) that argue one reason for papers didn’t offer managers integrative solutions is “papers sometimes failed [to offer managers integrative solutions, I added] because they argued old frameworks were complete, comprehensive, and timeless”

I am not sure whether I will make this kind of mistake in the future, but I do know a few scholars do have this kind of attitude. They argued research used the old framework is meaningless and can’t bring some thing new, even the one who proposed this critics may not really have the experience to do that kind of research or familiar with those topics.

This kind of attitude is really bad for promoting the progress of our research. This attitude seems assume there is some specific principles or laws like what natural science has. Actually, we all know it’s almost impossible in the field of social science, such as business administration, to have so much similar laws. And it may even imply that replication research is nonsense or useless to be one of research approaches to verify others’ arguments.

Personally, I don’t agree that kind of attitude, but surprised that people around me had faced amusements with this wrong attitude. At least, such a attitude doesn’t express an open mind toward inquiries from different perspectives and in different contexts.

I hope I don’t make this mistake if I have the opportunity to stay in the academic field.


McGahan, A. M. 2007. Academic research that matters to managers: On zebras, lemmings, hammers, and turnips. Academy of Management Journal, 50(4): 748-753.


Categories: Research

The Halo effect

September 17, 2007 Leave a comment

I just finished the Chinese version of “The Half Effect”. written by Dr. Phil Rosenzweig.

It’s a great book that pointed out the halo effects from those bestseller business books, such as Search for Excellecnt,  Good to Great, and A to A+, and identified research limits behind those business books.

This book reminds managers not only to read and use those fashion terms, but face the reality of doing business.

It not only showed the halo effects from using case studies,  interview, but also emphasized the importance of using pubic and longitudinal data in studying different companies and industries.  To this aspect, I am far more interesting that how could we do to have a more reliable case study, in spite of using those methods that have higher half effects?

Obviously, I highly recommend this books for those who  want to pursue research work in the fields of management and business studies, this book can show them the research boundary they may encounter and remind them the truth of business world. On the other hand, people interested in exploring the truth behind those business bestsellers should also have fun via reading this book.

Categories: Books, Research

Research with relevance to practice

September 15, 2007 3 comments

In the latest AMJ(2007, 50(4): 745-782), there is a Editors’ Forum focus on research with relevance to practice.

In this Forum, many scholars propose different ideas to stimulate the balance between rigor and relevance in management research, for example, use executive education as a platform to exchange your research ideas with those experienced participants.

Even senior faculty could bring junior colleagues or doctoral students to the executive education classroom for helping them establish interaction and connection (Tushman & O’ Reilly, 2007),  The suggestion is good and appropriate, but it might be too idealism about people/senior scholars, what if those senior faculty doesn’t will to do that? In that case, doctoral students and junior faculty actually remain on their own to set up such a connection for developing research both with academic rigor and relevance to the field.


Tushman, M. & O’ Reilly, C. III., 2007. Research and relevance: Implications for Pasteur’s quadrant for doctoral programs  and faculty development, Academy of Management Journal, 50(4): 769-774.


Categories: Research