Experts' judgments of management journal quality: An identity concerns model

Peters, Kim, Daniels, Kevin ORCID:, Hodgkinson, Gerard P. and Haslam, S. Alexander (2014) Experts' judgments of management journal quality: An identity concerns model. Journal of Management, 40 (7). pp. 1785-1812. ISSN 0149-2063

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Many lists that purport to gauge the quality of journals in management and organization studies (MOS) are based on the judgments of experts in the field. This article develops an identity concerns model (ICM) that suggests that such judgments are likely to be shaped by the personal and social identities of evaluators. The model was tested in a study in which 168 editorial board members rated 44 MOS journals. In line with the ICM, respondents rated journal quality more highly to the extent that a given journal reflected their personal concerns (associated with having published more articles in that journal) and the concerns of a relevant ingroup (associated with membership of the journal’s editorial board or a particular disciplinary or geographical background). However, judges’ ratings of journals in which they had published were more favorable when those journals had a low-quality reputation, and their ratings of journals that reflected their geographical and disciplinary affiliations were more favorable when those journals had a high-quality reputation. The findings are thus consistent with the view that identity concerns come to the fore in journal ratings when there is either a need to protect against personal identity threat or a meaningful opportunity to promote social identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: journal quality,journal lists,social identity,self-favoring bias
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
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Depositing User: Elle Green
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2012 15:57
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2024 01:20
DOI: 10.1177/0149206311434532


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