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Corrupt Research: The Case for Reconceptualizing Empirical Management and Social Science.


Corrupt Research: The Case for Reconceptualizing Empirical Management and Social Science

Raymond Hubbard



344 pages



In this book aimed at faculty and graduate students in the fields of management and social sciences, Hubbard proposes replacement of the dominant research paradigm in use with a new one. He has been a research academic since the 1970s. This work represents his disenchantment with the epistemological legitimacy of the the significant difference model, and promotes the significant sameness model. He states that the significant difference model promotes and institutionalizes corrupt research. Hubbard first lays out the philosophical orientations of the two paradigms. He details the problems with significant difference, including the conception of knowledge, over-generalization of results of single studies, and publication bias; and the promise of significant sameness, which has a more accurate conception of knowledge, such as a true understanding of P-value, knowledge development and confidence intervals. The book emphasizes the importance of replication research over original research, which is a characteristic of significant sameness research. The author discusses contrasts over statistical issues, and in the last chapter how the changes proposed may be greeted by the research community. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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