Corrupt Research: The Case for Reconceptualizing Empirical Management and Social Science

par marketingthema

Hubbard, R. (2015). Corrupt research: The case for reconceptualizing empirical management and social science. Sage Publications.

I’m reading this great book written by Hubbard a great marketing scholar about the current NHST paradigm in research. The author is defending the idea that we are producing « unreliable science » that is absolutely useless! Summarizes lots of evidence that the pervasive use of NHTS (Null Hypothesis statistical testing) is bad practice. The author suggests another model and defends the same ideas of Geoff Cumming about the new statistics based on confidence intervals instead of p values and open science in his book of 2013 Understanding the new statistics: Effect sizes, confidence intervals, and meta-analysis. Routledge.

The book of Hubbard is a major contribution and alert toward the research community about the actual research paradigm that we can qualify as an « Ostrich politic » where publishers and academics waste ressources (time, money, effort) for advancing their careers through « fake or misleading » publications instead of seeking to change the system and to seek the truth! this is the noble objective of science, not citations, or rankings! We need a cummulative system that allows replication and integration of findings.

As expected no one is a prophet is his own country, like any established community, gatekeepers don’t like people who go against the mainstream doxa, and this book received little interest while it’s a major contribution and very urgent issue in academic research. Few are those who have the courage and honesty to say it loudly like the excellent positions taken by Barnett , or Kuntz , or Cumming ! but history will give credit to those who stood with a backbone for the truth.

I follow many groups in various disciplines, and this issue will be the TRUE CHALLENGE for the next years if we want to tackle the credibility of scientific research!

YB

 

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