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Research Methods in International Business

Palgrave Macmillan
  • 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 book series: JIBS Special Collections (JIBSSC)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Research Methods in International Business: Challenges and Advances

      • Bo Bernhard Nielsen, Lorraine Eden, Alain Verbeke
      Pages 3-41
  3. Reproducibility and Replicability

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 43-43
    2. Science’s Reproducibility and Replicability Crisis: International Business Is Not Immune

      • Herman Aguinis, Wayne F. Cascio, Ravi S. Ramani
      Pages 45-66
  4. Hypothesis-Testing Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. What’s in a p? Reassessing Best Practices for Conducting and Reporting Hypothesis-Testing Research

      • Klaus E. Meyer, Arjen van Witteloostuijn, Sjoerd Beugelsdijk
      Pages 77-110
    3. What’s in a p? A Commentary

      • Agnieszka Chidlow, William Greene, Stewart R. Miller
      Pages 111-117
  5. Trusting Findings

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 119-119
    2. From the Editors: Can I Trust Your Findings? Ruling Out Alternative Explanations in International Business Research

      • Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Ulf Andersson, Mary Yoko Brannen, Bo Bernhard Nielsen, A. Rebecca Reuber
      Pages 121-157
    3. Can I Trust Your Findings? A Commentary

      • Jonathan P. Doh
      Pages 159-164
    4. Additional Thoughts on Trusting Findings: Suggestions for Reviewers

      • Mary Yoko Brannen, Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, A. Rebecca Reuber
      Pages 165-167
  6. Theorizing from Cases

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 169-169
    2. Theorising from Case Studies: Towards a Pluralist Future for International Business Research

      • Catherine Welch, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki
      Pages 171-220
    3. Theorizing from Cases: A Commentary

      • Kathleen M. Eisenhardt
      Pages 221-227
    4. Theorizing from Cases: Further Reflections

      • Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Catherine Welch
      Pages 229-231
  7. Longitudinal Qualitative Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 233-233
    2. Bridging History and Reductionism: A Commentary

      • 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.


  • Empirical research
  • Alternative research methods
  • qualitative research
  • multinational enterprise
  • Psychic distance
  • Journal of International Business Studies


“This book provides accessible and nuanced coverage of a wide range of methodological topics. … the collection of the readings combines into essential reading for doctoral students and others interested in IB research. In addition, the book’s first-class quality will likely compel others to join and raise the conversation on research methods … . I believe that this comprehensive and excellent book will ably serve as a go-to educational and reference source for researchers conducting and interpreting high-quality IB research.” (Donald Bergh, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 52, 2021)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    Lorraine Eden

  • The University of Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Bo Bernhard Nielsen

  • Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark

    Bo Bernhard Nielsen

  • University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

    Alain Verbeke

  • University of Reading, Reading, UK

    Alain Verbeke

  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

    Alain Verbeke

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

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22112-6Published: 17 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-22115-7Published: 08 December 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-22113-3Published: 06 December 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2397-8775

  • Series E-ISSN: 2397-8783

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 511

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: International Business, Research Skills, Entrepreneurship

Buying options

eBook USD 169.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-22113-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)