Dear AIB Colleagues,


The following article raises questions about the reproducibility and
credibility of research in IB and related fields. Our intention is NOT to
point fingers or assign blame. Rather, we are asking questions, and offer
our modest proposals, that we think are important and necessary for the
future of our field.


*       Aguinis, H., Cascio, W. F., & Ramani, R. S. in press. Science's
reproducibility and replicability crisis: International business is not
immune. Journal of International Business Studies. doi:


The article is available at and the
Abstract is below. We look forward to a fruitful conversation regarding
these important issues!

All the best,




Herman Aguinis, Ph.D.

Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management

George Washington University School of Business

2201 G Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20052





International business is not immune to science's reproducibility and
replicability crisis. We argue that this crisis is not entirely surprising
given methodological practices that enhance systematic capitalization on
chance. This occurs when researchers search for a maximally predictive
statistical model based on a particular dataset and engage in several
trial-and-error steps that are rarely disclosed in published articles. We
describe systematic capitalization on chance, distinguish it from
unsystematic capitalization on chance, address five common practices that
capitalize on chance, and offer actionable strategies to minimize the
capitalization on chance and improve the reproducibility and replicability
of future IB research.

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