Construct measurement in strategic management research: Illusion or reality?

Brian K. Boyd, Steve Gove, Michael A. Hitt

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Strategic management research has been characterized as placing less emphasis on construct measurement than other management subfields. In this work, we document the state of the art of measurement in strategic management research, and discuss the implications for interpreting the results of research in this field. To assess the breadth of measurement issues in the discipline, we conducted a content analysis of empirical strategic management articles published in leading journals in the period of 1998-2000. We found that few studies discuss reliability and validity issues, and empirical research in the field commonly relies on single-indicator measures. Additionally, studies rarely address the problems of attenuation due to measurement error. We close with a discussion of the implications for future research and for interpreting prior work in strategic management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-257
Number of pages19
JournalStrategic Management Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Measurement
  • Research design
  • Type I error
  • Type II error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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