The ABC for studying the too-much-of-a-good-thing effect: a competitive mediation framework linking antecedents, benefits, and cost

Busse, Christian ; Mahlendorf, Matthias D. ; Bode, Christoph

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Organizational Research Methods : ORM
Volume: 19
Issue number: 1
Page range: 131-153
Place of publication: Thousand Oaks, CA ; London
Publishing house: Sage Publications
ISSN: 1094-4281 , 1552-7425
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Stiftungslehrstuhl für Procurement (Bode 2014-)
Subject: 650 Management
Keywords (English): curvilinearity , too-much-of-a-good-thing effect , benefits , costs , competitive mediation
Abstract: The too-much-of-a-good-thing (TMGT) effect occurs when an initially positive relation between an antecedent and a desirable outcome variable turns negative when the underlying ordinarily beneficial antecedent is taken too far, such that the overall relation becomes nonmonotonic. The presence of the TMGT effect incites serious concerns about the validity of linearly specified empirical models. Recent research posited that the TMGT effect is omnipresent, due to an overarching meta-theoretical principle. Drawing on the competitive mediation approach, the authors of the present study suggest an antecedent-benefit-cost (ABC) framework that explains the TMGT effect as a frequent but not omnipresent issue in empirical research and integrates a variety of linear and nonlinear relationships. The ABC framework clarifies important conceptual and empirical issues surrounding the TMGT effect and facilitates the choice between linear and curvilinear models. To avoid serious methodological pitfalls, future studies with desirable outcome variables such as, for example, task performance, job performance, firm performance, satisfaction, team innovation, leadership effectiveness, or individual creativity should consider the ABC framework.

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