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Purpose: Aggregate the properties as desired to summarize dimensions
In the context of managerial backgrounds, it is appropriate to analyze each sentence separately, since, in the vast majority of cases, the meaning of the sentence can be determined independently of surrounding discussion (i.e., limited use of pronouns such as ‘this’ to refer to discussion in earlier sentences). Nevertheless, meaningful comparisons are likely to require comparisons at a higher level of analysis (e.g., the manager or top management team level).
The nature of the aggregation is likely to depend on the question. At the highest level it would be possible to count a particular dimension, for example, the different forms of experiences that are discussed, or the breadth of industries, to allow a general characterization of a manager’s profile (e.g., Crossland et al., 2014) as illustrated below.
It is also possible to restrict aggregations to certain dimensions (i.e., crosstab-aggregation). For example, it is possible to aggregate company descriptions, restricted to specific companies, facilitating firm-specific comparisons.
Aggregation on particularly dimensions is particularly important when considering other communication mediums, where discussion on a particular topic may span multiple sentences.