Special Topic: The Power of Replication

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 5)

Summary and Conclusion

In this chapter I have argued for more replication and tried to support that view with examples from actual empirical research. I have so much praised the virtue of replication that I will not burden the reader with much more canonizing of if here. Suffice it to repeat that replication provides us with much better truth criteria than other tools at our disposal. Replication therefore facilitates the building of cumulative knowledge, which is what research is all about (if you ask me). Also importantly, replication has a sound, humbling effect that may make us less prone to over interpret single study results regarding relative importance of explanatory variables; prematurely disregard antecedents that do not turn out significant in an individual study, or show an undue level of confidence in a result that happens to be (marginally) statistically significant in one study.


Entrepreneurial Intention Growth Attitude General Human Capital Marginal Survival Random Sampling Error 
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