Research Methods for Organizational Studies

By Donald P. Schwab | Go to book overview

16
On Incomplete Data

Chapter Outline
Avoid Incomplete Data
Evaluate Nonresponse
Address Missing Data
Dependent Variables
Independent Variables
Delete Variables
Delete Cases
Mean Substitution
Alternative Methods
Identify “Missingness”
Reporting Incomplete Data
Current Reporting Practices
Recommended Practices
Summary
For Review
Terms to Know
Questions for Review
Suggested Readings

Consider a study conducted in an organization to see whether salary is related to age and evaluations of employee performance. Although this study is overly simple and deficient in sample size, it illustrates several pandemic challenges confronted in research.

An e-mail is sent to a random sample of 14 organizational employees. They are asked to report their current annual salary (Y), chronological age (XI), and most recent performance

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