Inferential Meta-Themes in Organizational Science Research: Causal Inference, System Dynamics, and Computational Models
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
I. CONDUCTING AND COMMUNICATING RESEARCH IN INDUSTRIAL–ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
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P. DeShon, R. 2012. Inferential Meta-Themes in Organizational Science Research: Causal Inference, System Dynamics, and Computational Models. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 12:I:2.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
Current theoretical, empirical, and methodological efforts in organizational science are increasingly concerned with causal inference and system dynamics. The strengths and weakness of recent approaches to causal inference are reviewed. It is demonstrated that causal inference techniques derived from both the graph-theoretic and potential outcomes perspectives provide only limited support for the majority of focal inferences in organizational science. System dynamic methods such as state space and computational modeling are then presented as viable inferential methods for advancing organizational science.
- systems theory;
- computational modeling