Replication Studies in International Business

Luis Alfonso Dau*, Grazia D. Santangelo, Arjen van Witteloostuijn

*Corresponding author for this work

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In international business, as well as in many other social sciences, replication studies have long been treated as a poor relative, discounted and discouraged as “not original”. We argue that by teasing out confounding factors, validating causal mechanisms, and testing spatial and temporal boundaries, replication studies can stimulate debate, add to our body of knowledge, and fine-tune theory. Our goal in writing this editorial is to promote replication studies. We build a case for them by recognizing their value and showcasing their different types. We also offer a methodological template for carrying them out with academic rigor. Finally, we make concrete recommendations on how to go about increasing the number of them published.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Published online: 28 October 2021.


  • Replication studies
  • International business
  • Knowledge advancement

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