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Unintelligible Management Research and Academic Prestige

Armstrong, J. Scott (1980) Unintelligible Management Research and Academic Prestige. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Modest support was found for the "Dr. Fox Phenomenon": Management scientists gain prestige by unintelligible writing. A positive correlation (+0.7) was found between the prestige of 10 management journals and their "fog indices" (reading difficulty). Furthermore, 32 faculty members were asked to rate the prestige of four passages from management journals. The content of the passages was held constant while readability was varied. Those passages that were more difficult to read were rated higher in research competence.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Subjects:Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
ID Code:5203
Deposited By:Armstrong, J. Scott
Deposited On:05 Oct 2006
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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