Percept–Percept Inflation in Microorganizational Research: An Investigation of Prevalence and Effect

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Analysis of 42,934 correlations published in 581 articles not only revealed general evidence that self-report methods have produced percept–percept inflation in microresearch on organizations but also suggested that this effect is diminished when 1 or both covariates are demographic variables. Further analysis of a subsample of 11,710 correlations indicated that percept–percept inflation has influenced research on particular bivariate relationships but has not had the broad, comprehensive effects envisioned by critics. These findings challenge the validity of general condemnations of self-report methods, suggesting instead that domain-specific investigations are required to determine which areas of research are especially susceptible to percept–percept effects.

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