IACMR Research Seminar Series #47

Title:Using Multiverse Analysis to Test and Build Theory: Illustrating with CEO Gender Pay Inequality
: Aaron Hill, Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida
: 9:00-10:15 a.m., April 24, 2024 (China Time, UTC+8) 
Language: English
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At times, such as is the case with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) gender pay inequality, contrasting theoretical logic and empirical results fail to provide clarity on the nature of a relationship. At the same time, typical approaches that help shed light on contrasting findings – such as random assignment, meta-analyses, and robustness checks – are not always amenable to a research question either. Using the context of CEO gender pay inequality and 13,824 universes with varying research design and analyses decisions in extant research, this presentation aims to illustrate how multiverse analysis can help reconcile variability in empirical results by systematically testing competing rationales against each other and thus, facilitate both knowledge aggregation and theory building.

Speaker’s Bio

Aaron D. Hill is an Associate Professor in the Management Department of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He received his PhD from Oklahoma State University and both Master and Bachelor degrees from Gonzaga University. His research focuses on strategic leadership and governance, examining what drives strategic leaders like executives and politicians to act as well as the ultimate implications of these individuals for organizational outcomes. Aaron’s research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management JournalJournal of ManagementOrganization Science, and Strategic Management Journal, among others.