Quotation Müller-Camen, Michael, Obereder, Lisa, Thiele, Raik. 2020. Blurring of the Lines between Quality and Questionable Research: A Wake-Up Call for Green HRM and other Fields of Research. 36th EGOS Colloquium, Hamburg (online), Deutschland, 02.07.-04.07.




Our study aims to contribute to the debate on the quality of open access publishing by comparing research in different journals and by examining its impact on quality research. With a systematic literature review, we analyse 25 years of Green HRM research (1995-2019). We chose Green HRM as an appropriate case, because although it is a rapidly growing area of research, the number of journal publications is limited and thus the whole literature in the field over a 25-year period could be covered. By looking closer at the journals where Green HRM research is published, we present characteristics of two broad categories of research qualities. Counter to our expectations, we do not only show that papers published in quality journals have an impact on papers published in questionable (so-called “predatory”) outlets, but also the other way around. Through citations, questionable research contributes to the success of quality publications. Moreover, we even observe that articles published in quality journals legitimize articles from predatory journals by using this questionable literature as references. Although our empirical sample mainly consists of one specific area of research, we suggest that our findings can be generalized to other areas of management research. Therefore, we close our study by giving practical implications to different stakeholders and a general plea for more awareness and responsibility.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Blurring of the Lines between Quality and Questionable Research: A Wake-Up Call for Green HRM and other Fields of Research
Event 36th EGOS Colloquium
Year 2020
Date 02.07.-04.07.
Country Germany
Location Hamburg (online)


Comparative Green HRM
Müller-Camen, Michael (Details)
Obereder, Lisa (Former researcher)
Thiele, Raik (Former researcher)
Institute for Human Resource Management IN (Details)
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