Towards a renaissance in international business research? Big questions, grand challenges, and the future of IB scholarship

Published on Dec 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies7.724
· DOI :10.1057/s41267-017-0102-z
Peter J. Buckley59
Estimated H-index: 59
(University of Leeds),
Jonathan P. Doh43
Estimated H-index: 43
(Villanova University),
Mirko Hwan Benischke3
Estimated H-index: 3
(EUR: Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Abstract In this article, we review critiques of international business (IB) research with a focus on whether IB scholarship tackles “big questions.” We identify three major areas where IB scholars have addressed important global phenomena, but find that they have had little influence outside of IB, and only limited effects on business or government policy. We propose a redirection of IB research towards “grand challenges” in global business and the use of interdisciplinary research methods, multilevel approaches, and phenomena-driven perspectives to address those questions. We argue that IB can play a more constructive and vital role by tackling expansive topics at the business–societal interface.
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