Why replication studies are essential: Learning from failure and success

Anne-Wil Harzing*

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The purpose of this paper is to discuss the pervasive problem of a lack of replication studies in international business based on van Witteloostuijn’s (2016) commentary “What happened to Popperian Falsification?”


The author presents two short case studies from her own research, one in which no replication studies took place, and one in which a replication study was conducted shortly after the original study was published.


The author shows how the lack of replication in the first case study example resulted in the creation of research myths, whereas the judicious replication in her second case study strengthened arguments for a new – less biased – measure of research performance. The author also discusses why most journals in the field are not open to replication studies and provides recommendations on how to move forward.


Using two real-life case studies provides a vivid illustration of the problems created by a lack of replications and illustrates the benefits of good replication studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-568
JournalCross-Cultural and Strategic Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Journal rankings
  • International business management
  • Research methodology
  • Expatriate failure
  • Replication studies
  • Research metrics


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