UF Warrington hosts workshop on promoting robust and reliable research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Warrington College of Business will host a workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to promote robust and reliable research practice in the social and economic sciences research community March 8-10, 2018.

Chester C. Holloway Professor of Management Dr. Gwendolyn Lee was awarded $50,000 from NSF to present the workshop that will converge academic journal editors, university faculty members, academic researchers and students, with many presenting their recommendations on best practices for scientific research. The purpose of the workshop is to address credibility challenges and identify possible solutions to research reproducibility, replicability, generalizability and rigorous peer review across the Science of Organizations and other social, behavioral and economic sciences.

“This project seeks to create a collection of educational materials on best practices [for scientific research],” Lee said. “It has a global reach and is a public service. It’s tied in with the idea that The Gator Nation is global – we’re physically located in Gainesville, but the content we provide is available to a greater geography and time period.”

As with other academic fields, Lee saw that the social, behavioral and economic sciences research community faces a number of challenges related to promoting research that is robust and reliable. With the grant funding from NSF, Lee will also record workshop speakers’ presentations that will later be added to a website that can be accessed by researchers and the public alike free of charge.

The event’s keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph Simmons, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. His keynote address is titled “Life after p-hacking,” and will discuss the concern among researchers about the publication of false-positive, “p-hacked” results, and the methodological changes researchers can make in order to find solutions to publication bias.

Other participants include editors from academic journals including Academy of Management Discovery, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Management Science, Organization Science, Organizational Research Methods, Personal Psychology, Strategic Management Journal and Strategy Science. 

In addition to professionals from the workshop, other individuals from top research journals, industry thought leaders and faculty members from research institutions across the world will later submit videos to be featured on the website discussing their recommendations for best practices when creating and disseminating research.

“We will continue producing videos for the website and add the insights of additional experts outside of business schools,” Lee said.

To learn more about Lee’s project, please visit the National Science Foundation website.