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Study on bad-faith survey responding

  • 1.  Study on bad-faith survey responding

    Posted 04-02-2021 09:51
    Edited by Barbara Larson 04-03-2021 10:40

    Dear OB Division Members,

    Please find below an invitation to participate in a brief survey on the perceived prevalence of different types of 'bad faith' survey responses (e.g., insufficient effort, fraud, survey bots), as well as strategies for preventing and detecting such responses.  The results of the survey will be disseminated to the field at conferences and in publication. Please directly email Barbara Larson (b.larson@northeastern.edu) if you have questions.


    We're undertaking a study to better define the prevalence and impact of bad-faith survey responding in management research. We define bad-faith survey responding as a) intentionally careless responses (e.g., participants responding randomly or without reading items), b) fraudulent participants (e.g., individuals lying about who they are or the study inclusion items), c) the same person completing multiple surveys, and d) bots (computer programs) completing multiple surveys or fake data. 

    If you are a faculty member or postdoctoral researcher, your contribution to this study is really important. We are conducting a survey that takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, with questions about your view of bad-faith respondents in management research generally, as well as about your own experience with bad-faith responses. 

    In recognition of the value of your time (especially during spring semester!) we are offering everyone who qualifies for and completes the survey the opportunity to enter a drawing in which there will be TWO winners who will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card. 

    In order to get as much detail as possible without professional risk or discomfort, we are running the survey as follows to ensure anonymity of responses: 

     CLICK HERE(or below) to be taken to a brief qualifying survey, which will help us verify that you are eligible to participate. 

    1. Once verified, we will e-mail you a non-unique link to the MAIN SURVEY, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses to this survey will be completely anonymous. 
    2. Upon completing the main survey, you will be offered a link to a third (separate) survey, which will allow you to enter your contact details for the Amazon gift card drawing, and will also allow you to indicate if you would be interested in receiving further communication from us about this study. 

    The more participation we get in this survey, the more we can help inform the field about current experiences with bad-faith respondents, as well as best practices for avoiding these actors. We know your time is valuable, and we plan to make this worth your while, so please do participate. Thank you! 

     Click here to participate in the study 


    Best Regards,

    Barbara Larson (b.larson@northeastern.edu)

    Erin Makarius (makarius@uakron.edu)

    James Diefendorff (jdiefen@uakron.edu)

    Barbara Larson
    Northeastern University
    Boston MA
    (617) 319-1583 (cell)