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Research Methods in International Business

  • Lorraine Eden
  • Bo Bernhard Nielsen
  • Alain Verbeke


  • Discusses contemporary methodological issues related to international business research

  • Includes insightful, novel commentaries by content experts

  • Offers a state-of-the-art overview of pertinent IB methodological challenges as these affect empirical research

  • Covers a diverse range of IB methods issues, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches


Part of the JIBS Special Collections book series (JIBSSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bo Bernhard Nielsen, Lorraine Eden, Alain Verbeke
      Pages 3-41
  3. Reproducibility and Replicability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Herman Aguinis, Wayne F. Cascio, Ravi S. Ramani
      Pages 45-66
  4. Hypothesis-Testing Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Klaus E. Meyer, Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Sjoerd Beugelsdijk
      Pages 77-110
    3. Agnieszka Chidlow, William Greene, Stewart R. Miller
      Pages 111-117
  5. Trusting Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Ulf Andersson, Mary Yoko Brannen, Bo Bernhard Nielsen, A. Rebecca Reuber
      Pages 121-157
    3. Jonathan P. Doh
      Pages 159-164
    4. Mary Yoko Brannen, Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, A. Rebecca Reuber
      Pages 165-167
  6. Theorizing from Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Catherine Welch, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
      Pages 171-220
    3. Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
      Pages 221-227
    4. Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Catherine Welch
      Pages 229-231
  7. Longitudinal Qualitative Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. Catherine Welch
      Pages 259-266

About this book


Showcasing methodological rigour and state-of-the-art methods as hallmarks of modern international business (IB) research, this book offers a collection of the most relevant and highly cited research methods articles from the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Each piece is accompanied by a new Commentary written by experts in the field; some also include Further Reflections by the original authors. Encompassing both qualitative and quantitative approaches, this comprehensive volume explores research design, testing and reporting, as well as specific methodological issues such as endogeneity, common method variance, and theorising from case studies. With recommendations for best practices relating to interaction effects, hypothesis testing, and replicability, this book is a unique and up-to-date reference source on the latest research methods and practices in international business. The book will also be essential reading for those studying any sub-discipline of IB research, including international economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management and marketing.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lorraine Eden
    • 1
  • Bo Bernhard Nielsen
    • 2
  • Alain Verbeke
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ManagementTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.The University of Sydney Business SchoolThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

About the editors

Lorraine Eden is Professor of Management, Texas A&M University, USA. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of JIBS and Past President and Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), where she received the 2012 President’s Award and 2016 Inaugural Woman of the Year Award.

Bo Bernhard Nielsen is Professor of Business Strategy in the International Business Discipline, University of Sydney, Australia. He serves as Consulting Editor to JIBS, as well as being on the Editorial Boards of leading journals such as the Journal of Management and the Journal of World Business. Co-Founder of the Research Methods Special Interest Group at AIB, Bo is Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Alain Verbeke is Professor of International Business at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada, where he holds the McCaig Research Chair in Management. He is Editor-in-Chief of JIBS, an Adjunct Professor at the Solvay Business School, Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, and was elected as the Inaugural Alan M. Rugman Memorial Fellow at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. Alain was elected as an AIB Fellow in 2008 and as a Fellow of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in 2019.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Research Methods in International Business
  • Editors Lorraine Eden
    Bo Bernhard Nielsen
    Alain Verbeke
  • Series Title JIBS Special Collections
  • Series Abbreviated Title JIBS Special Collections
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-22112-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-22115-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22113-3
  • Series ISSN 2397-8775
  • Series E-ISSN 2397-8783
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 511
  • Number of Illustrations 15 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics International Business
    Research Skills
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