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

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  • Strategy and Management

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Barnes, Christopher M. ; Dang, Carolyn T. ; Leavitt, Keith ; Guarana, Cristiano L. ; Uhlmann, Eric L. / Archival Data in Micro-Organizational Research : A Toolkit for Moving to a Broader Set of Topics. In: Journal of Management. 2018 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 1453-1478.
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Archival Data in Micro-Organizational Research : A Toolkit for Moving to a Broader Set of Topics. / Barnes, Christopher M.; Dang, Carolyn T.; Leavitt, Keith; Guarana, Cristiano L.; Uhlmann, Eric L.

In: Journal of Management, Vol. 44, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. 1453-1478.

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