Emerging themes in international business research

Published on Oct 1, 2008in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
· DOI :10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400412
David A. Griffith44
Estimated H-index: 44
(SPbU: Saint Petersburg State University),
Salih Tamer Cavusgil1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SPbU: Saint Petersburg State University),
Shichun Xu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(College of Business Administration)
This study is motivated by two research questions: (1) Which recent contributions have been driving the research agenda in international business? (2) Which emerging themes in the literature are likely to set the stage for future work? To examine these questions, the study examined scholarly work in international business over the time period 1996–2006 in six leading international business journals (Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of World Business, International Marketing Review, Journal of International Marketing, and International Business Review). Next, a Delphi study of the most prolific authors in these journals over the same time period was conducted to delineate a future research agenda in international business. Addressing these two research questions provides us with a more complete understanding of the progress made to date in international business research, and provides a glimpse of the future.
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Published on Jun 1, 2011in Asia Pacific Journal of Management2.74
Somnath Lahiri15
Estimated H-index: 15
(ISU: Illinois State University)
Despite an increase in the number of India-focused articles appearing in leading international business journals, there has not been any attempt to conduct systematic reviews that can inform academicians and practitioners about research that has accumulated over the years and identify areas that may be worthwhile to pursue in the future. This article attempts to fill this gap by providing an overview of all publications focusing on the Indian context that appeared in seven leading international ...
Published on Apr 1, 2010in International Business Review3.64
A. Kolk52
Estimated H-index: 52
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Rob van Tulder19
Estimated H-index: 19
(EUR: Erasmus University Rotterdam)
While attention to the social and environmental impacts of international business (IB) is not new, the past years have seen renewed interest due to pressing global problems such as climate change and poverty. Multinational enterprises (MNEs) are regarded as playing a specific role given their global influence and activities in which they are confronted with a range of issues, stakeholders and institutional contexts, in both home and host countries. Their potential in being not only part of the p...
Published on Jan 1, 2008in Organization Science3.26
Richard L. Daft31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Vandy: Vanderbilt University),
Arie Y. Lewin38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Duke University)
This perspective paper addresses the issues of rigor and relevance in organizational studies in the context of idea migration and journal evolution. We argue that creeping parochialism can happen to any journal, which reflects an evolving narrowness within boundaries of academic subcommunities. Evidence suggests that ideas do migrate across academic subcommunities, although the underlying process is not well understood and the idea flow is not symmetrical. Two kinds of knowledge relevance are di...
Published on Mar 1, 2007in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
W. Mark Fruin9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SJSU: San Jose State University)
IB is a field constrained not only in time, but also in economic model (institutional, country-level, and developmental variation) and intellectual direction. We need more: a transformation of IB that involves a synthesis and integration of temporal, spatial and developmental data from around the world. Journal of International Business Studies (2007) 38, 353–356. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jibs.8400257
Published on Mar 1, 2007in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Randall Morck50
Estimated H-index: 50
(U of A: University of Alberta),
Bernard Yeung42
Estimated H-index: 42
(NYU: New York University)
Commenting on Jones and Khanna, we suggest that international business (IB) needs simultaneously maturing theory and on-going rigorous empirical work. We advocate careful data collection and develop solid theory based on the rich empirical information. The difficulty in the process is the deciphering of causality, and that is where historical studies play a significant role. Historical documents shed light on motivations and exogenous incidents. Historical studies and large-scale data analyses c...
Published on Dec 30, 2006
Richard L. Daft31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Vandy: Vanderbilt University),
Arie Y. Lewin38
Estimated H-index: 38
(Duke University)
This paper addresses the issues of rigor and relevance in organizational studies in the context of idea migration and journal evolution. The paper argues that creeping parochialism can happen to any journal, which reflects the evolving narrowness within boundaries of academic sub-communities. Evidence suggests that ideas do migrate across academic sub-communities, although the underlying process is not well understood and the idea flow is not symmetrical. Two kinds of knowledge relevance are dis...
Published on Dec 1, 2006in Journal of International Management2.83
Mike W. Peng60
Estimated H-index: 60
(UTD: University of Texas at Dallas),
Jessie Qi Zhou4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Max M. Fisher College of Business)
Recent reviews of global strategy research have documented a number of top contributors based on the number of their publications. However, no citation analysis has been conducted to ascertain the impact and influence of this research. In response, we have conducted the first ever citation analysis of 393 global strategy articles in nine leading journals published during the 1990s. Our findings identify the 25 most cited articles in the nine journals, the top 40 authors who publish these most ci...
Published on Jul 1, 2006in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Geoffrey Jones24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Harvard University),
Tarun Khanna43
Estimated H-index: 43
(Harvard University)
We argue that the field of international business should evolve its rhetoric from the relatively uncontroversial idea that ‘history matters’ to exploring how it matters. We discuss four conceptual channels through which history matters, illustrating each with a major example. First, historical variation is at least a worthy complement to contemporary cross-sectional variation in illuminating conceptual issues. As an example, we show that conclusions reached by the literature on contemporary emer...
Published on Nov 1, 2005in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Peter J. Buckley57
Estimated H-index: 57
(University of Leeds),
Donald R. Lessard22
Estimated H-index: 22
(MIT: Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The key to international business is that it approaches empirical phenomena at a variety of levels of analysis, using a variety of theoretical frameworks. The most important levels of analysis are the individual manager, the firm, the industry, and the environment. In each category there is vast heterogeneity. Figure 2.1 illustrates this interaction between issues and theories. It has levels of analysis on the vertical axis and the basic social sciences on the horizontal axis as systems of think...
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Roseline Barbara Easmon (University of Ghana), Adelaide Naa Amerley Kastner1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Ghana)
+ 1 AuthorsMahmoud Abdulai Mahmoud3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Ghana)
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to understand the direct impact of social capital and the influence of market-based capabilities as intervening variables on the export performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach Questionnaire-based survey was used to collect data from top executives and senior managers of exporting companies in Ghana. Data obtained were analysed using the structural equation modelling. Findings The findings revealed that so...
Published on Jan 1, 2019in Journal of International Management2.83
George Z. Peng6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Regina),
Paul W. Beamish59
Estimated H-index: 59
(UWO: University of Western Ontario)
Abstract We examine how organizational ecology and the strategic choice perspective can be combined to provide more contextualized insights into how multinational corporations (MNCs) can better counter environmental pressures with evolving subnational FDI legitimacy and improve the survival likelihood of their subsidiaries. We consider three organizational identity-based strategic choices, i.e., country-of-origin (COO) agglomeration, expatriate staffing level and subsidiary ownership level. We h...
Marina Papanastassiou16
Estimated H-index: 16
(Middlesex University),
Robert Pearce23
Estimated H-index: 23
(University of Reading),
Antonello Zanfei20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Urbino)
Internationalization of R&D and innovation by multinational enterprises (MNEs) has undergone a gradual and comprehensive change in perspective over the past 50 years. From sporadic works in the late 1950s and in the 1960s, it became a systematically analyzed topic in the 1970s, starting with pioneering reports and “foundation texts”. Our review unfolds the theoretical and empirical evolution of the literature from dyadic interpretations of centralization versus decentralization of R&D by MNEs to...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in International Business Review3.64
Francisco García-Lillo6
Estimated H-index: 6
Enrique Claver-Cortés37
Estimated H-index: 37
+ 1 AuthorsMercedes Úbeda-García8
Estimated H-index: 8
Abstract The purpose of this study consists in analyzing the existing literature on international business from all the research papers published in Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) during the period of time comprised between 2000 and 2015. The authors apply bibliometric methods to that end –in particular, document citation and co-citation analyses (DCAs)– so that they can try and identify the main research lines within the aforementioned scientific field or domain; in other word...
Rubina Romanello2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Udine),
Maria Chiarvesio6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Udine)
The literature on early internationalization has evolved rapidly in the last few decades. Firms that achieve early and rapid internationalization have emerged as newcomers in the international arena. Disclosed in the late 1980s, international new ventures and born globals today are well known by academics, practitioners, and policymakers. However, the rapid evolution of literature on this topic has produced a considerable corpus of articles in just a few years, discouraging the realization of it...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in International Business Review3.64
Alex Rialp14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Autonomous University of Barcelona),
José M. Merigó41
Estimated H-index: 41
(University of Chile)
+ 1 AuthorsDavid Urbano31
Estimated H-index: 31
(Autonomous University of Barcelona)
Abstract The International Business Review (IBR) is a leading international academic journal in the field of International Business (IB). Such leadership is reflected in the large number of publications that grow year after year and particularly in the large number of citations received from other journals of high academic prestige. The aim of this study is to conduct a bibliometric overview of the leading trends regarding the journal’s publications and citations since its creation in 1992 until...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Yadong Luo64
Estimated H-index: 64
(UM: University of Miami),
Huan Zhang (SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University), Juan Bu (IU: Indiana University Bloomington)
This study reviews research from 1970 through 2016 on developed country multinational enterprises (DMNEs) entering and competing in developing economies. To identify the current state of knowledge of this research and push it further, we review the literature using bibliometric and qualitative content analyses covering leading journals and books. We articulate frontier issues that are understudied yet critical to both theorization and practice of DMNEs in developing economies. We discuss the fin...
Published on Apr 15, 2019
Chris Wagner (HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management)
For over four decades the Eclectic Paradigm has experienced a myriad of interdisciplinary advancements and evolved into an ever-broader and complex accumulation of different macro- and micro-level concepts. Despite its persistent validity for research on multinational enterprise activity, subject-related studies have often failed to correlate to previous findings and have independently drawn upon various versions of the Eclectic Paradigm, which exacerbates the comparability of the respective res...
Chyi-Lun Chiou1
Estimated H-index: 1
Pei-Gi Shu12
Estimated H-index: 12
(FJU: Fu Jen Catholic University),
Pei-Gi Shu
Abstract We propose the foreign pressure (FP) hypothesis to illustrate how firms confronting FP from their FDI in countries with high CSR affects a firm's corporate social performance (CSP). We use a battery of proxies from a firm's FDI exposure to measure FP and adopt a sample of listed firms in Taiwan to verify FP hypothesis. Alternatively, the positive FP–CSP relationship can be explained with the learning effect, indicating firms learn and voluntarily adopt practices of high CSR. However, we...