Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 50, Issue 9, pp 1636–1643 | Cite as

Impacting practice through IB scholarship: Toy recalls and the product safety crisis

  • Hari BapujiEmail author
  • Paul W Beamish
Research Note


IB research has made significant contributions in understanding MNEs, yet examples of scholarship that have had a demonstrable impact on practice and policy are rare. This article presents research we conducted in the wake of the 2007 global product safety crisis as one such example. We reflect on it to suggest that IB research can enhance its impact by focusing attention on issues that affect both MNEs and societies, and by using available data to arrive at even basic explanations and solutions to inform practice and prompt further academic research.


business and society/business in society China global supply chain strategies and risks international business research agenda product recalls research impact rigor and relevance 


La recherche en international business (IB) a contribué de manière significative à la compréhension des EMN, mais les exemples de travaux académiques ayant eu un impact démontrable sur la pratique et la politique stratégique sont rares. Cet article présente les recherches que nous avons menées à la suite de la crise mondiale concernant la sécurité des produits de 2007, crise prise comme un exemple. Nous y réfléchissons pour suggérer que la recherche en IB peut renforcer son impact en attirant l’attention sur des problèmes qui affectent à la fois les EMN et les sociétés, et en utilisant les données disponibles pour trouver des explications et des solutions même fondamentales afin d’éclairer la pratique et de stimuler la recherche académique future.


La investigación en Negocios Internacionales ha hecho contribuciones significativas al entendimiento de las EMN, pero son escasos los ejemplos de trabajos académicos que hayan tenido un impacto demostrable en la práctica y la política. Este artículo presenta la investigación que llevamos a cabo a raíz de la crisis global de seguridad de productos del 2007 como un ejemplo de esto. Reflexionamos sobre esto y sugerimos que la investigación en Negocios Internacionales puede mejorar su impacto focalizando su atención en asuntos que afectan tanto las EMN como a las sociedades, y usando datos disponibles para llegar explicaciones básicas y soluciones para informar la práctica e impulsar la investigación.


A pesquisa em IB fez contribuições significativas para a compreensão de MNEs, no entanto, exemplos de pesquisas que tiveram um impacto demonstrável na prática e política são raros. Este artigo apresenta a pesquisa que conduzimos após a crise global de segurança de produtos de 2007 como um exemplo. Refletimos sobre isso para sugerir que a pesquisa em IB pode aumentar o seu impacto focando sua atenção em questões que afetam tanto MNEs quanto sociedades, e usando dados disponíveis para chegar mesmo a explicações e soluções básicas para informar à prática e estimular pesquisas acadêmicas adicionais.





The authors would like to thank the editor and three anonymous reviewers for improving this paper with their insightful comments. Numerous others, particularly a number of managers, regulators, and academic colleagues, played an important role in this research by freely and generously offering their time and expertise. Our sincere thanks to them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Business and EconomicsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Ivey Business SchoolWestern UniversityLondonCanada

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