How to model counts as outcomes

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I just posted a working copy of a paper my co-authors and I received our proofs for today, over at, entitled “Count-based Research in Management: Suggestions for improvement”, by Dane Blevins, Eric Tsang, and me!

Counts of events are frequently used as outcome variables in a wide range of disciplines, including strategic management and OB. For example, the number of patents obtained could be an outcome of interest to researchers in either camp, and things like number of acquisitions, or number of corporate board interlocks could be of interest to a strategic management researcher. Even to a humble industrial psychologist, such as myself, a count of words or lines of code written might be an interesting index of performance/effectiveness.

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