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Sentiment Analysis for Organizational Research

Chapman J. Lindgren (City University of New York, USA)
Wei Wang (City University of New York, USA)
Siddharth K. Upadhyay (Florida International University, USA)
Vladimer B. Kobayashi (University of the Philippines Mindanao, Philippines)

Stress and Well-being at the Strategic Level

ISBN: 978-1-83797-359-0, eISBN: 978-1-83797-358-3

Publication date: 22 November 2023


Sentiment analysis is a text analysis method that is developed for systematically detecting, identifying, or extracting the emotional intent of words to infer if the text expresses a positive or negative tone. Although this novel method has opened an exciting new avenue for organizational research – mainly due to the abundantly available text data in organizations and the well-developed sentiment analysis techniques, it has also posed a serious challenge to many organizational researchers. This chapter aims to introduce the sentiment analysis method in the text mining area to the organizational research community. In this chapter, the authors first briefly discuss the central role of sentiment in organizational research and then introduce the traditional and modern approaches to sentiment analysis. The authors further delineate research paradigms for text analysis research, advocating the iterative research paradigm (cf., inductive and deductive research paradigms) that is more suitable for text mining research, and also introduce the analytical procedures for sentiment analysis with three stages – discovery, measurement, and inference. More importantly, the authors highlight both the dictionary-based and machine learning (ML) approaches in the measurement stage, with special coverage on deep learning and word embedding techniques as the latest breakthroughs in sentiment and text analyses. Lastly, the authors provide two illustrative examples to demonstrate the applications of sentiment analysis in organizational research. It is the authors’ hope that this chapter – by providing these practical guidelines – will help facilitate more applications of this novel method in organizational research in the future.



Lindgren, C.J., Wang, W., Upadhyay, S.K. and Kobayashi, V.B. (2023), "Sentiment Analysis for Organizational Research", Harms, P.D. and Chang, C.-H.(D). (Ed.) Stress and Well-being at the Strategic Level (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 95-117.



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