Person-Centered Methodologies in the Organizational Sciences: Introduction to the Feature Topic
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Morin, A. and Bujacz, A. and Gagné, M. 2018. Person-Centered Methodologies in the Organizational Sciences: Introduction to the Feature Topic. Organizational Research Methods. 21 (4): pp. 803-813. Copyright © 2018 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications
The 2011 Organizational Research Methods Feature Topic on latent class procedures has helped to establish person-centered analyses as a method of choice in the organizational sciences. This establishment has contributed to the generation of substantive-methodological synergies leading to a better understanding of a variety of organizational phenomena and to an improvement in research methodologies. The present Feature Topic aims to provide a user-friendly introduction to these new methodological developments for applied organizational researchers. Organized around a presentation of the typological, prototypical, and methodologically exploratory nature of person-centered analyses, this introductory article introduces seven contributions aiming to: (a) clarify the meaning, advantages, and applications of person-centered analyses; (b) illustrate emerging prototypical and longitudinal cluster analytic approaches; (c) introduce researchers to multilevel person-centered analyses as well as to auxiliary approaches that will drastically increase the scope of application of these methods; and (d) describe the application of these methods for confirmatory purposes.
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