Journal of International Business Studies

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 5–19

Research on International Business: Problems and Prospects

  • Richard E. Caves

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490022

Cite this article as:
Caves, R. J Int Bus Stud (1998) 29: 5. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8490022


This paper reflects on the general problems and specific opportunities faced by contemporary research on multinational enterprise. The general problems include controlling properly for the firm’s opportunities when testing the effectiveness of its policy choices; avoiding biases that result from studying surviving business units and ignoring those that disappeared; and mobilizing longitudinal data and exploiting the many census-based data sets now coming available.

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© Academy of International Business 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard E. Caves
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard University