Managerial cognition is a fundamental area informing all sub-fields in strategy, and therefore, a systematic review of the methodological choices of premier strategy publications aids cognition researchers in choosing methods. However, past studies have given little attention to the methods recently published in premier journals. This chapter both illustrates a common cognitive method – content analysis – and uses it to analyze the methodological content of 573 publications from two prominent management journals. Our findings provide cognition scholars with useful information about current methodological standards. Our findings also will help students choose methods courses and will spark a healthy debate about methodological expectations.
We thank the reviewers and participants in the 8th Annual Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium, 2014 Midwest Strategic Management Conference, 2014 AOM annual meeting – Content Analysis Workshop, and 2014 Strategic Management Society meetings for their helpful comments, and our colleagues at the University of Tennessee who graciously gave us three rounds of feedback on this work as we refined the coding scheme.
Wang, X. and Reger, R. (2017), "Rolling the Dice: What Methodological Choices Maximize Chances for Publication in Premier Strategic Management Journals?", Galavan, R., Sund, K. and Hodgkinson, G. (Ed.) Methodological Challenges and Advances in Managerial and Organizational Cognition (New Horizons in Managerial and Organizational Cognition, Vol. 2), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 315-344. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2397-52102017012Download as .RIS
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