Construct Clarity


Speakers: Professor Roy Suddaby (Victoria University); Professor Joep Cornelissen (Erasmus University)


Construct clarity is crucial to both theoretical and empirical work and across quantitative and qualitative traditions; precisely defined constructs are, for example, core to the development and testing of an explanatory model as well as to a thick ethnographic description of a phenomenon. Give its centrality, the evident question is how can we clearly define constructs? And how can we be creative in developing new constructs or in fundamentally redefining existing ones? In this practical session, we will outline steps towards clearly defining constructs and through practical exercises involving participants demonstrate how construct clarity can be achieved in their own work.


Time: Wednesday, 24th of November at 7am (Pacific) / 3pm (London) / 8.30pm (Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (incl. Q&A).


Registration: Please register here to receive a personalized Zoom link.


Recommended readings:

  • Suddaby, R. (2010). Construct clarity in theories of management and organization. Academy of Management Review, 35 (3) 346-358.
  • Podsakoff, P.M., MacKenzie, S.B., & Podsakoff, N.P. (2016). Recommendations for Creating Better Concept Definitions in the Organizational, Behavioral, and Social Sciences. Organizational Research Methods, 19(2):159-203



About the speakers

Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Professor of Management, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada and Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Carson College of Business, Washington State University, USA. He is currently an Associate Editor at Academy of Management Perspectives, a former Editor of Academy of Management Review, and a former Field Editor at Journal of Business Venturing.


Joep Cornelissen is a Professor in Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Chair in Strategy and Organisation (part-time) at the University of Liverpool Management School. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Organization Theory, a former Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review, a former General Editor of the Journal of Management Studies (2006-2012) and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies.



This webinar is supported by Responsible Research in Business and Management (


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