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Field experiments in strategy research

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Chatterji, AK; Findley, M; Jensen, NM; Meier, S; Nielson, D
Published in: Strategic Management Journal
January 1, 2016

Strategy research often aims to empirically establish a causal relationship between an independent variable and a dependent variable such as firm performance. For many important strategy research questions, however, traditional empirical techniques are not sufficient to establish causal effects with high confidence. We propose that field experiments have potential to be used more widely in strategy research, leveraging methodological innovations from other disciplines to address persistent puzzles in the literature. We first review the advantages and disadvantages of using field experiments to answer questions in strategy. We define two types of experiments, "strategy field experiments" and "process field experiments," and present an original example of each variety. The first study explores the liability of foreignness and the second study tests theories regarding corporate culture.

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Strategic Management Journal

DOI

EISSN

1097-0266

ISSN

0143-2095

Publication Date

January 1, 2016

Volume

37

Issue

1

Start / End Page

116 / 132

Related Subject Headings

  • Business & Management
  • 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
  • 1505 Marketing
  • 1503 Business and Management
 

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Chatterji, A. K., Findley, M., Jensen, N. M., Meier, S., & Nielson, D. (2016). Field experiments in strategy research. Strategic Management Journal, 37(1), 116–132. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2449
Chatterji, A. K., M. Findley, N. M. Jensen, S. Meier, and D. Nielson. “Field experiments in strategy research.” Strategic Management Journal 37, no. 1 (January 1, 2016): 116–32. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2449.
Chatterji AK, Findley M, Jensen NM, Meier S, Nielson D. Field experiments in strategy research. Strategic Management Journal. 2016 Jan 1;37(1):116–32.
Chatterji, A. K., et al. “Field experiments in strategy research.” Strategic Management Journal, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 116–32. Scopus, doi:10.1002/smj.2449.
Chatterji AK, Findley M, Jensen NM, Meier S, Nielson D. Field experiments in strategy research. Strategic Management Journal. 2016 Jan 1;37(1):116–132.
Journal cover image

Published In

Strategic Management Journal

DOI

EISSN

1097-0266

ISSN

0143-2095

Publication Date

January 1, 2016

Volume

37

Issue

1

Start / End Page

116 / 132

Related Subject Headings

  • Business & Management
  • 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
  • 1505 Marketing
  • 1503 Business and Management