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The Critique of Empirical Social Science: New Policies at Management and Organization Review

  • Arie Y. Lewin (a1), Chi-Yue Chiu (a2), Carl F. Fey (a2) (a3), Sheen S. Levine (a4), Gerald McDermott (a5), Johan Peter Murmann (a6) and Eric Tsang (a4)...

At the June 2016 meeting of the International Association for Chinese Management Research, MOR organized a symposium to discuss the mounting criticisms of empirical social science and subsequent changes, as part of ongoing discussions affecting journal reviewing policies. This article overviews the history of modern empirical social science as the foundation of management, organization, and strategy research and the criticism of social science research, which has reached the point that some critics refer to current publication norms as encouraging and enabling the publication of junk science. Most importantly, however, this article outlines MOR's strategy going forward and the new reviewing initiatives that MOR is implementing as of Volume 13 (2017).

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