Memorial Service Information for Larry James

August 18, 2014, from Larry Williams

Dear members of the Research Methods Division and the Organizational Research Methods and CARMA communities:

It is with great sadness that I report the death of our colleague, Lawrence R. (Larry) James.   He passed peacefully early August 14 due to complications from open-heart surgery, in the presence of his wife Leslie and son Jordan.  As you may know, Larry was past Chairperson of the Research Methods Division (1991), recipient in 2002 of the RMD’s Advancement of Organizational Research Methods Award, and in 2003 was recognized with the RMD’s Distinguished Career Award. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

He was a member of the Organizational Research Methods’ Editorial Board since its formation in 1997, an informal advisor to all of its editors, and he published regularly in ORM as well as other high quality outlets on a variety of methodological and substantive topics.  His research contributions spanned broad areas related to causal models and inference, moderation/mediation, agreement among measures, levels of analysis, meta-analysis, and psychological measurement, among many other topics.  His training of many doctoral students throughout his career extended his impact in these areas.

Larry was a passionate supporter of the formation of the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) and its progression of programs and events since its establishment in 1997.  He contributed regularly to its Mini-Conference and Webcast Programs, and was a constant inspiration to many Short Course instructors working to improve the quality of organizational and psychological research.

Most importantly, he was a friend, mentor, advisor, and provider of frequent methodological consultation to many associated with the RMD,ORM, and CARMA.  His warmth, humor, and style will be missed by the many who had the good fortune to know him and benefit from his presence in our lives and in our research methods community.

Those wishing to send condolences or remembrances to the James family may send an email to Lawrencejames.memorial@gmail.com.

Memorial Service
Friday, August 22, 11:00 a.m.
Patterson Funeral Home
1020 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, Ga, 30309

Note: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to one of Larry’s favorite organizations, the Nature Conservancy

 Brief Career Summary

Larry James received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah, and during the course of his career held academic appointments at Texas Christian University, the University of Tennessee, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Throughout his career his research and scholarship focused on the development of innovative statistical and measurement techniques for psychological and organizational research.  His professional accomplishments include nearly $7 million in research funding, three scholarly books, and over 90 journal publications and book chapters.  He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Academy of Management.  In 1989 he was elected to the Society for Organizational Behavior, and in 2003 he received the Distinguished Career Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. Most recently, in May of 2014 he was the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Larry J. Williams
Director, Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA)
Professor of Management/Dean’s Research Chair and Professor of Psychology
Wayne State University School of Business Administration
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Call for Papers: Methods Issues in Governance Research

Brian Boyd is guest editing a special issue focused on methods issues for Corporate Governance: An International Review. A summary from the full Call for Papers is pasted below. You can access further information about this special issue on the CGIR website.

Research Methodology in Governance Studies: Challenges and Opportunities

Guest Editors: Brian Boyd, Renée Adams, and Steve Gove

Research methodology is important for any academic topic, but arguably even more so for corporate governance. Most constructs in governance research are unobservable, raising questions regarding the suitability of proxy indicators. Additionally, the pattern of relationships among variables is often complex, requiring sophisticated designs ranging from mediation to multiplex networks, among others. Thus, it is not surprising that it is often difficult to identify causal effects in corporate governance research.

The goal of this special issue is to advance knowledge regarding the design and implementation of the methodological component of governance research.

RMD Doctoral Consortium

With hosting by CARMA, the Research Methods Division provided an online Doctoral Consortium to contribute to the development of advanced doctoral students. A number of these sessions were recorded and have been archived by CARMA. You can access the following sessions:

PDW Materials: New unobtrusive methods

Thanks to all who participated in the PDW on “New Unobtrusive Methods” at the 2014 AOM Meeting. Here are materials from the session, which presenters have graciously shared.

Abstract for session:
An educational session focused on providing guidance to those interested in using new unobtrusive methods in their research. The session will comprise educational presentations about specific methods (i.e., email data, digital trace data, video-assisted coding, and wearable sensors); a panel discussion and commentary about general issues in using new unobtrusive methods; and, small group roundtables with presenters to address questions about specific techniques.

Materials from session
Session Intro (Andrew Knight)
Email data (Adam Kleinbaum)
Digital trace data (Brad Staats)
Computer-assisted coding of video data (Kristin Smith-Crowe)
Wearable devices (Karren Watkins)

Measure: Emotional labor

Construct: Emotional labor

Sources: Brotheridge, C. M., & Lee, R. T. (2003). Development and validation of the emotional labour scale. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 76, 365- 379. 

Brotheridge, C. M. & Lee, R. T. (2002). Testing a conservation of resources model of the dynamics of emotional labor. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 7, 57-67.