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Ontology and Epistemology of Conceptual Replication of Computational Simulation Modeling Research
Published in Academy of Management
2017
Volume: 2017
   
Issue: 1
Abstract
Replication of theory development by computational simulation modeling (TDCSM) is hardly a subject that is at the top of the mind of editors of premier journals. Notwithstanding the relative paucity of original work in this tradition (compared to empirical studies), we argue that replication of prior model work is important for good science. We set up the ontology of model work replication by distinguishing between various kinds of replication. We identify the Scientific Realist and Critical Realist streams as important consumers of TDCSM research. We demonstrate that both fields stand to lose if a culture of replication of computer models is missing. In the absence of focus on replication of model work, flawed modeling research persists in premier journals. Reviewers–functioning as gatekeepers–thwart publication of alternate ideas embodying findings different from their own. We build a case for providing space to conceptual replication, i.e. attempt to recreate a pioneer’s work based on description in the publication text. We suggest that a clear statement from journal editors–to publish research that unearths flaws in prior publications–is a fruitful way to clean the Augean stables, paving the way for scientific progress.
About the journal
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN0065-0668
Open AccessNo