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Using Old Data: When Is It Appropriate?

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posted on 2023-07-14, 01:46 authored by DJ Ketchen, AY Roccapriore, Brian ConnellyBrian Connelly
Researchers and gatekeepers lack clarity about the circumstances under which using old data to test hypotheses is appropriate or inappropriate. In response to this complex issue, we first define what makes data “old.” We then suggest that using old data is justifiable (a) when examining a past event, (b) when recent data are not available, or (c) when the data were collected painstakingly. Scholars should avoid using old data if none of these conditions exist. Further, authors should be forthcoming about the age of their data and, in the case of a rejected journal submission, update the data whenever possible.

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Journal

Journal of Management

Pagination

1-8

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0149-2063

eISSN

1557-1211

Language

en

Publication classification

C4 Letter or note

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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