1. Management and business research is often conducted using independent variables (IV) and dependent variables (DV) measured in the same way using the same “method”. For these types of studies, based on the webcast lecture by Podsakoff:
(a). What is common method variance (CMV) and why is it a threat to conclusions from these studies?
(b) What can researchers do to minimize, control for, and investigate effects due to the CMV?
2. Consider that you are studying your favorite construct (FC) and have developed 12 potential items to use in a survey study. Based on the webcast lecture by Colquitt, what specific steps would you follow to screen and select from the 12 items a final set to use in your research?
3. Based on the webcast lecture by Banks, in a study like the one mentioned in question 1 above, what questionable research practices (QRP) would you want to avoid? Give a specific example of each type and explain why it is important that it be avoided.
4. Consider that you have learned that over the summer, you will have the opportunity to collect data to test your favorite hypothesis that X1 is related to Y while controlling for alternative effects due to X2. You will have complete control over design, measurement, and analysis. Based on this course, what are the five most important things you can do to make your study a success, and explain why you think each is so important?