Title

Understanding Self-Report Bias in Organizational Behavior Research

Document Type

Article

Department

Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (CGU), Community and Global Health (CGU)

Publication Date

12-2002

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

Self-report and mono-method bias often threaten the validity of research conducted in business settings and thus hinder the development of theories of organizational behavior. This paper outlines a conceptual framework for understanding factors that influence the motivation of an employee to bias his or her responses to questions posed by organizational researchers. Using a longitudinal, multitrait-multimethod dataset, we illustrate various aspects of the problem and argue that traditional approaches for controlling self-report bias do not adequately prevent the problem. The results suggest the need for developing a theory of method effects and companion analytic techniques to improve the accuracy of psychological research in business settings.

Rights Information

© 2002 Springer