hbr.org, Blechman for HBR

These examples illustrate a dark truth that managers need to be aware of. The field of experimental psychology is in a state of crisis. Within just the past few years, a number of prominent and prolific psychology researchers have admitted to falsifying data, leading to dozens of paper retractions and question marks regarding entire fields of research. Studies show that questionable practices of collecting and analyzing data to increase chances of finding eyebrow-raising findings are widespread throughout the field, casting doubt on how reliable and transferable the reported results are. And just this past week, a large-scale attempt by hundreds of researchers to replicate published studies in prominent psychology journals yielded sobering conclusions: Of the hundred studies tested, only 39 could be replicated successfully. (Although, importantly, that doesn’t mean the other research teams committed fraud.)

Utpal M. Dholakia

Source: How Managers Should Judge Psychology Experiments