Archival Data in Micro-Organizational Research: A Toolkit for Moving to a Broader Set of Topics

Christopher M. Barnes, Carolyn T. Dang, Keith Leavitt, Cristiano L. Guarana, Eric L. Uhlmann

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Abstract

Compared to macro-organizational researchers, micro-organizational researchers have generally eschewed archival sources of data as a means of advancing knowledge. The goal of this paper is to discuss emerging opportunities to use archival research for the purposes of advancing and testing theory in micro-organizational research. We discuss eight specific strengths common to archival micro-organizational research and how they differ from other traditional methods. We further discuss limitations of archival research, as well as strategies for mitigating these limitations. Taken together, we provide a toolkit to encourage micro-organizational researchers to capitalize on archival data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1478
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Management
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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