Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2007

Abstract

The study of multilevel phenomena in organizations involves a complex interplay between methods and statistics on one hand and theory development on the other. In this introduction, the authors provide a short summary of the five articles in this feature topic and use them as a platform to discuss the broad need for work in the two areas of (a) multilevel construct validation and measurement and (b) statistical advances in variance decomposition. Within these two broad frameworks, the authors specifically discuss, first, the need to continue moving beyond notions of isomorphism in developing and testing aggregate-level constructs. Second, they discuss the potential value of using discontinuous growth models to understand transitions in longitudinal studies. Finally, they discuss some of the issues surrounding the ability to decompose variance in multilevel modeling of dichotomous and other nonnormal outcome data.

Keywords

multilevel, discontinuity, transition, construct validation, agreement

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Quantitative Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Organizational Research Methods

Volume

10

Issue

4

First Page

551

Last Page

563

ISSN

1094-4281

Identifier

10.1177/1094428107301102

Publisher

SAGE

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1094428107301102

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