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The Role Of Values In Defining The 'Goodness' Of Theories In Organizational Science

John B. Miner

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Previous analyses indicated that the goodness of a theory as perceived by knowledgeable scholars had no relationship to the theory's scientific validity or usefulness in application. Additional analyses utilizing the same data now indicate that humanistic values played an important role in this finding. Scholars with strong humanistic values are particularly prone to nominate humanistic theories. When only scholars with weak humanistic values are considered, the perceived goodness of a theory and its validity are positively related. The implications of these findings for the evaluation of theories in organizational science are discussed.