A new approach to data access and research transparency (DART)

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk*, Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Klaus E. Meyer

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Recent debates on transparency and replicability suggest that JIBS needs to update its approach on data access and research transparency (DART). We propose a series of initiatives, knowing well that there is a balance to be struck. There are clear benefits on the one hand, chief among these the potential for learning and knowledge accumulation, and equally manifest challenges on the other: the imperative to respect privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual property rights. Without addressing these challenges, will there be the high-quality data on which the benefits depend? We present access and transparency objectives, and set out how an actionable and effective approach towards DART will be implemented, but also address ethical, legal, and organizational challenges of concern to us as a scholarly community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-905
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number6
Early online date21 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • data access
  • knowledge accumulation
  • open science
  • research methods
  • transparency


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