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Creative destruction in science

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posted on 2020-10-23, 08:46 authored by Warren Tierney, Jay H Hardy III, Charles R Ebersole, Keith Leavitt, Domenico Viganola, Elena Giulia Clemente, Michael Gordon, Anna Dreber, Magnus Johannesson, Thomas Pfeiffer, Eric Luis Uhlmann, Hiring Decisions Forecasting Collaboration, Erik DietlErik Dietl, Olga KombeizOlga Kombeiz
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.


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Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes




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Names and affiliations for the Hiring Decisions Forecasting Collaboration The following collaborators lent their time and expertise as forecasters: Ajay T. Abraham, Seattle University Matus Adamkovic, Institute of Social Sciences CSPS, Slovak Academy of Sciences & Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Presov Jais Adam-Troian, American University of Sharjah Rahul Anand, Aarhus BSS Kelly J. Arbeau, Trinity Western University Eli C. Awtrey, University of Cincinnati Ofer H. Azar, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Štěpán Bahník, Prague College of Psychosocial Studies Gabriel Baník, University of Presov Ana Barbosa Mendes, ITEC, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, KU Leuven Michael M. Barger, University of Georgia Ernest Baskin, Saint Joseph's University Jozef Bavolar, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice Ruud M.W.J. Berkers, Max Planck Research Group: Adaptive Memory, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Randy Besco, University of Toronto Michał Białek, Institute of Psychology, University of Wrocław Michael M. Bishop Helena Bonache, Universidad de La Laguna Sabah Boufkhed, King's College London Mark J. Brandt, Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University Max E. Butterfield, Point Loma Nazarene University Nick Byrd, Stevens Institute of Technology Neil R. Caton, The University of Queensland Michelle L. Ceynar, Pacific Lutheran University Mike Corcoran, University of Missouri Thomas H. Costello, Emory University Leslie D. Cramblet Alvarez, University of Denver Jamie Cummins, Ghent University Oliver S. Curry, University of Oxford David P. Daniels, National University of Singapore Lea L. Daskalo, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Liora Daum-Avital, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Martin V. Day, Memorial University of Newfoundland Matthew D. Deeg, University of Kansas Tara C. Dennehy, University of British Columbia Erik Dietl, Loughborough University Eugen Dimant, University of Pennsylvania Artur Domurat, Centre for Economic Psychology and Decision Sciences, Kozminski University Christilene du Plessis, Singapore Management University Dmitrii Dubrov, National Research University Higher School of Economics Mahmoud M. Elsherif, University of Birmingham Yuval Engel, University of Amsterdam Martin R. Fellenz, Trinity College Dublin Sarahanne M. Field, University of Groningen Mustafa Firat, University of Alberta Raquel M. K. Freitag, Federal University of Sergipe Enav Friedmann, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Omid Ghasemi, Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University Matthew H. Goldberg, Yale University Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe, Kingston University London Lorenz Graf-Vlachy, ESCP Business School Jennifer A. Griffith, University of New Hampshire Dmitry Grigoryev, National Research University Higher School of Economics Sebastian Hafenbrädl, IESE Business School David Hagmann, Harvard Kennedy School Andrew H. Hales, University of Virginia Hyemin Han, University of Alabama Jason L. Harman, Louisiana State University Andree Hartanto, Singapore Management University Benjamin C. Holding, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet Astrid Hopfensitz, Toulouse School of Economics Joachim Hüffmeier, Institute of Psychology, TU Dortmund University Jeffrey R. Huntsinger, Loyola University Chicago Katarzyna Idzikowska, Kozminski University Åse H. Innes-Ker, Lund University Bastian Jaeger, Tilburg University Kristin Jankowsky, University of Kassel Shoshana N. Jarvis, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley Nilotpal Jha, Singapore Management University David Jimenez-Gomez, Fundamentos de Análisis Económico (FAE), University of Alicante Daniel Jolles, University of Essex Bibiana Jozefiakova, Olomouc University Social Health Institute, Palacky University Olomouc, Olomouc, Czech Republic Pavol Kačmár, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice Mariska Kappmeier, University of Otago Matthias Kasper, Tulane University & University of Vienna Lucas Keller, Department of Psychology, University of Konstanz Viktorija Knapic, University of Rijeka Mikael Knutsson, Linköping University Olga Kombeiz, Loughborough University Marta Kowal, Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw Goedele Krekels, IESEG Tei Laine Daniel Lakens, Eindhoven University of Technology Bingjie Li, Warwick Business School Ronda F. Lo, York University Jonas Ludwig, University of Würzburg James C. Marcus, Evidera Melvin S. Marsh, Georgia Southern University Mario Martinoli, DiECO, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria Marcel Martončik, University of Presov, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Psychology Allison Master, University of Washington & University of Houston Theodore C. Masters-Waage, Singapore Management University Lewend Mayiwar, Department of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, BI Norwegian Business School Jens Mazei, TU Dortmund University Randy J. McCarthy, Northern Illinois University Gemma S. McCarthy, University of Limerick Stephanie Mertens, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva Leticia Micheli, Maastricht University Marta Miklikowska, Umeå University Talya Miron-Shatz, Ono Academic College Andres Montealegre, Cornell University David Moreau, The University of Auckland Carmen Moret-Tatay, Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir Marcello Negrini, Maastricht University Philip W. S. Newall, CQUniversity Gustav Nilsonne, Karolinska Institutet, Department of Clinical Neuroscience & Stockholm University, Department of Psychology Paweł Niszczota, Poznań University of Economics and Business Nurit Nobel, Stockholm School of Economics Aoife O'Mahony, School of Psychology, Cardiff University Mehmet A. Orhan, PSB Paris School of Business Deirdre O'Shea, University of Limerick Flora E. Oswald, The Pennsylvania State University Miriam Panning Peter C. Pantelis Mariola Paruzel-Czachura, Institute of Psychology, University of Silesia in Katowice Mogens Jin Pedersen, University of Copenhagen Gordon Pennycook, University of Regina Ori Plonsky, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Vince Polito, Macquarie University Paul C. Price, California State University, Fresno Maximilian A. Primbs, Radboud University John Protzko, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara Michael Quayle, University of Limerick Rima-Maria Rahal, Tilburg University Md. Shahinoor Rahman, University of Chittagong Liz Redford, Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. Niv Reggev, Department of Psychology & Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Caleb J. Reynolds, Department of Psychology, Florida State University Marta Roczniewska, SWPS University of Social Sciences and humanities & LIME Department, Karolinska Institutet Ivan Ropovik, Faculty of Education, Institute for Research and Development of Education, Charles University & Faculty of Education, University of Presov Robert M. Ross, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University Thomas J. Roulet, University of Cambridge Andrea May Rowe Silvia Saccardo, Carnegie Mellon University Margaret Samahita, University College Dublin Michael Schaerer, Singapore Management University Joyce Elena Schleu, TU Dortmund University Brendan A. Schuetze, The University of Texas at Austin Ulrike Senftleben, Technische Universität Dresden Raffaello Seri, DiECO, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria & CORG, University of Southern Denmark Zeev Shtudiner, Ariel University, Israel Jack Shuai, University of Toledo Ray Sin, Early Warning Services Varsha Singh, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi Aneeha Singh, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) Tatiana Sokolova, Tilburg University Victoria Song, Fordham University Tom Stafford, University of Sheffield Natalia Stanulewicz, De Montfort University Samantha M. Stevens, The Pennsylvania State University Eirik Strømland, University of Bergen Samantha Stronge, University of Auckland Kevin P. 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