One finding is no finding: Toward a replication culture in family business research

Jasper Brinkerink*, Alfredo De Massis, Franz Kellermanns

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Our goal is to foster the development of a healthy replication culture in family business research. Replication, which advances theory by confronting existing understanding with new evidence, is of paramount importance in creating a meaningful cumulative knowledge base. In the family business field, however, as in many other fields within the broader management literature, dedicated replications are largely absent. After a brief analysis of the likely causes and consequences of our collective avoidance of replication studies, we examine four types of replication of particular importance to the field and provide guidelines and recommendations for family business scholars interested in conducting such research. We invite journals and their editors to reflect on the role they can play in changing the incentive structures to conduct and submit useful replication studies and provide actionable suggestions for improvement. We illustrate contemporary examples of family business knowledge advancement through replication research.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100521
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Family Business Strategy
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • replication
  • validation
  • family business
  • theory
  • theory testing


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