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Keywords:

  • student samples;
  • laboratory experiments;
  • internal validity;
  • methodology

Researchers often face strong opposition to the use of student samples in laboratory studies. Rather than eschewing this methodology, it is useful to consider theoretical scope (universalistic versus particularistic) and the study's primary purpose (internal versus external validity). When theories are universalistic or the study's purpose is to establish internally valid relationships, laboratory studies with student samples may yield useful insights in supply chain management research.