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Longitudinal Research: The Theory, Design, and Analysis of Change

Ployhart R, Vandenberg R ...see all

Journal of Management, vol. 36, issue 1 (2009) pp. 94-120

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The purpose of this article is to present cutting-edge research on issues relating to the theory, design, and analysis of change. Rather than a highly technical review, our goal is to provide management scholars with a relatively nontechnical single source useful for helping them develop and evaluate longitudinal research. Toward that end, we provide readers with “check- lists” of issues to consider when theorizing and designing a longitudinal study. We also discuss the trade-offs among analytic strategies (repeated measures general linear model, random coef- ficient modeling, and latent growth modeling), circumstances in which such methods are most appropriate, and ways to analyze data when one is using each approach.

Author-supplied keywords

  • HLM
  • SEM
  • change
  • growth modeling
  • hierarchical linear modeling
  • longitudinal research
  • structural equation modeling

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  • Robert E. Ployhart

  • Robert J. Vandenberg

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