Replication and theory development in organizational science: A critical realist perspective

Eric W.K. Tsang, Kai Man KWAN

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    Abstract

    In this article we assess, from a critical realist perspective, the role played by replication in theory development. We first present a concise review of critical realism and then reply to the objection that replication is not possible in the social sciences. We go on to classify replications into six types along two dimensions. Finally, we present a detailed argument for the significance of replication in social science research and propose a multifocal pattern of knowledge accumulation to be integrated with the scattered pattern commonly found in organizational science.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)759-780
    Number of pages22
    JournalAcademy of Management Review
    Volume24
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Strategy and Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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