Title

What is Method Variance and How Can We Cope With It? A Panel Discussion

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-2010

Abstract

A panel of experts describes the nature of, and remedies for, method variance. In an attempt to help the reader understand the nature of method variance, the authors describe their experiences with method variance both on the giving and the receiving ends of the editorial review process, as well as their interpretation of other reviewers’ comments. They then describe methods of data analysis and research design, which have been used for detecting and eliminating the effects of method variance. Most methods have some utility, but none prevent the researcher from making faulty inferences. The authors conclude with suggestions for resolving disputes about method variance.

Keywords

Method variance, Self-report, Construct validity, Survey research, Study design

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Quantitative Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Organizational Research Methods

Volume

13

Issue

3

First Page

407

Last Page

420

ISSN

1094-4281

Identifier

10.1177/1094428109360993

Publisher

SAGE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1094428109360993

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