The handling of nonresponse error Academic Article uri icon


  • This study was designed to describe and explore how nonresponse in Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) historically has been handled. All feature and article manuscripts (n = 158) published in HRDQ during the years 1990 through 1999 were analyzed using content analysis techniques. Study findings show that not mentioning nonresponse error as a threat to external validity of a study, not attempting to control for nonresponse error, or not providing a reference to the literature were unfortunately the norm and not the exception. Four recommendations for handling nonresponse error are comparison of early to late respondents, using days to respond as a regression variable, comparing respondents to nonrespondents, and comparing respondents on characteristics known a priori. Copyright 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Human Resource Development Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Dooley, L. M., & Lindner, J. R.

citation count

  • 99

complete list of authors

  • Dooley, Larry M||Lindner, James R

publication date

  • January 2003