From the editor: Engaging international business scholars with public policy issues

Published on Jun 1, 2018
· DOI :10.1057/s42214-018-0007-y
Sarianna M. Lundan14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Bremen)
For more than 60 years, scholars in the international business field have studied the distribution of value-adding activity across national borders, and attempted to explain where, how and by whom international production is organized. It is their deep knowledge of the different kinds of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and of the myriad ways in which these firms interact with the local environment that allows international business scholars to make a unique contribution to public policy debates. In launching the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP), we intend to build a leading outlet for research that demonstrates how a greater understanding of MNE strategies, organizational structures and systems can yield better public policy.
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Published on Aug 1, 2018in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Ekaterina Turkina8
Estimated H-index: 8
(HEC Montréal),
Ari Van Assche11
Estimated H-index: 11
(HEC Montréal)
In today’s knowledge economy, clusters are a key driver of a country’s competitiveness. Yet a cluster’s technological base is now more than ever influenced by constituent firms’ actions to tap into distant knowledge sources. Drawing on a social network perspective, and distinguishing between horizontal versus vertical organization-based linkages, we explore the effects of a cluster’s connectedness to foreign locations on its innovation performance. We show that improvements in horizontal and ver...
Published on Mar 16, 2018in Industry and Innovation3.16
Ram Mudambi42
Estimated H-index: 42
(TU: Temple University),
Rajneesh Narula37
Estimated H-index: 37
(University of Reading),
Grazia D. Santangelo18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Catania)
The distribution of creative economic activity over space has been viewed from three distinct perspectives: International business focuses on the multinational enterprise and the location of activities across national borders; economic geography studies the characteristics of the location site; and innovation scholars are mainly concerned with the technologies and knowledge that arises from the interaction of location and the creativity of actors. All these communities have drawn attention to co...
Theodore H. Moran , Holger Görg51
Estimated H-index: 51
+ 1 AuthorsChristiane Krieger-Boden10
Estimated H-index: 10
While popular opinion often pictures FDI flowing in search of lowest-wage, lowest-skilled activities in emerging markets, actual FDI to such countries increasingly addresses medium to high-skilled manufacturing sectors. Such FDI might be called 'Quality FDI' that contributes to the creation of decent and value-adding jobs, enhancing the skill base of host economies, facilitating transfer of technology, knowledge and know-how, boosting competitiveness of domestic firms and enabling their access t...
Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of World Business5.79
Rajneesh Narula37
Estimated H-index: 37
(University of Reading)
Historically, extractive sector MNEs have been seen as an obstacle to sustainable development, because they operated in enclaves with limited local engagement. Import-substitution policies aimed to increase the local benefits of these resources, restricting FDI. Since liberalisation, extractive MNEs have re-engaged with developing countries through looser governance structures with greater potential for linkages. Despite the increased potential, few host countries have seen meaningful MNE-led de...
Published on Jan 1, 2018in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Peter J. Buckley57
Estimated H-index: 57
(University of Leeds),
L. Jeremy Clegg6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Leeds)
+ 3 AuthorsPing Zheng1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SHU: Sheffield Hallam University)
Our original 2007 Journal of International Business Studies article, “The determinants of Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment”, was the first theoretically based empirical analysis of the phenomenon. It utilised internalisation theory to explain the internationalisation of Chinese state-owned enterprises. This paper showed that we had failed to ask sufficiently challenging questions about the effects of home country institutions on outward foreign direct investment (OFDI). This Retrospecti...
Published on Dec 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Jan-Erik Vahlne19
Estimated H-index: 19
(University of Gothenburg),
Jan Johanson47
Estimated H-index: 47
(Uppsala University)
Abstract The original Uppsala model that was published in 1977 explains the internationalization process of firms. We have further developed the model several times in the intervening years. The present article is our latest effort: a general model of the evolution of the multinational business enterprise (MBE), from early steps abroad to being a global firm. The updated, augmented model explains MBE evolution in general, not only characteristics of the internationalization process in a narrow s...
Published on Dec 1, 2017in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Peter J. Buckley57
Estimated H-index: 57
(University of Leeds),
Jonathan P. Doh41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Villanova University),
Mirko Hwan Benischke2
Estimated H-index: 2
(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, mul...
Published on Dec 1, 2016in Journal of International Management2.83
Yadong Luo64
Estimated H-index: 64
(UM: University of Miami),
Huan Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(SYSU: Sun Yat-sen University)
The growth of emerging market multinational enterprises (EM MNEs) has enriched existing international business theories but conveyed also new puzzles and questions for these theories and perspectives. To synthesize what we know and what we do not concerning international expansion of EM MNEs, we use the qualitative content analysis method, systematically reviewing 166 articles from 11 leading IB and management journals published during the period of 1990–2014. Our review examines five major area...
Published on Apr 1, 2016in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Marcelo Cano-Kollmann5
Estimated H-index: 5
(OU: Ohio University),
John Cantwell38
Estimated H-index: 38
(RU: Rutgers University)
+ 2 AuthorsJaeyong Song16
Estimated H-index: 16
(SNU: Seoul National University)
The innovation-driven multinational enterprise (MNE) has dominated international business (IB) research for several decades now. Beginning with the award-winning research of Dunning, there have been calls for IB researchers to rediscover the importance of locations. Recent work has emphasized that firms and locations co-evolve with one another, as knowledge is transferred and leveraged across space. Integrating insights from IB and economic geography, we propose a research agenda for IB scholars...
Published on Jan 1, 2016in Journal of World Business5.79
Rosalie L. Tung40
Estimated H-index: 40
(SFU: Simon Fraser University)
In the past three decades or so, globalization/regionalization, migration and reverse migration (also referred to as “brain circulation”), the ascendancy of emerging markets, the demand for people with a global mindset, and the worldwide war for talent have brought about fundamental changes to the nature, magnitude, and raison d’etre for human resource management (HRM) in a global context. These changes require us to adopt new lenses to fully understand the dynamics that impact international hum...
Cited By8
Max Abrahms13
Estimated H-index: 13
(NU: Northeastern University),
Luis Alfonso Dau9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NU: Northeastern University),
Elizabeth M. Moore2
Estimated H-index: 2
(NU: Northeastern University)
This is the first study to empirically examine how terrorism affects corporate social responsibility (CSR). Their relationship is not intuitive. The theoretical literature on CSR suggests that societal vicissitudes increase CSR demand, but can also incentivize self-regarding behavior. Historical accounts of terrorist attacks and other disasters confirm that they have at times elicited altruism and selfishness from the private sector. To clarify this variation in the impact of terrorism on CSR, w...
Published on Jul 16, 2019
Gary Gereffi44
Estimated H-index: 44
(Duke University)
This article argues that the global value chains (GVC) perspective bridges the firm-specific, private-sector and country-level, societal divide that has separated the international business and international economics literatures. A key mechanism that explains the policy impact of the GVC approach are the networks created between the policy entrepreneurs inside the international organizations (IOs) dealing with economic development and the idea entrepreneurs in the research community. The policy...
Published on Jun 1, 2019
Jingtao Yi , Shuang Meng + 1 AuthorsMike W. Peng60
Estimated H-index: 60
We examine the effect of corruption and institutions on inward foreign direct investment (FDI) along different investment phases in host countries. We contribute to the literature by distinguishing the propensity and the stock of FDI to better clarify the relationship between corruption and FDI, and by substantiating an integrated formal and informal institution-based view. The results support both the ‘corruption as sand’ theory and the ‘corruption as grease’ theory after controlling for the lo...
Published on Jun 1, 2019
Terutomo Ozawa11
Estimated H-index: 11
(CSU: Colorado State University)
As far as trade as a cause of anti-globalism is concerned, Dani Rodrik’s analysis is built on the Stolper–Samuelson theorem, which shows only a wage decline through static equilibrium analysis. Although this distributional effect on labor welfare is one focal point of populist anti-globalism, other globalization-related issues – notably, obstinate joblessness and “rusted-out” towns – for which trade liberalization is partially accountable, are serious causes (as reflected in the Trump revolution...
Published on Jun 1, 2019
Jeremy Clegg20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Leeds),
Jeremy Clegg
Institutions shape behavior, but it is policy that changes behavior. When public policy is applied, governments effect institutional change. This editorial is about the distinction between policies and institutions and the research opportunities it provides for authors. Institutional theory is known for its weak ability to provide a predictive model of firm behavior in a comparative static setting. Theoretically and empirically isolating the causal mechanisms involved in institutional change is ...
Published on Mar 1, 2019
Helena Barnard11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Pretoria)
A project on social enterprises in South Africa yielded two key insights for international business. First, partnering with policymakers can strengthen both the relevance and the rigor of research. Second, both the (relatively few) large, multinational social enterprises that obtain funding and operate across multiple countries (whether global or intra-African), and the myriad single-location, informal micro social enterprises are globally connected. Micro social enterprises are linked to the fo...
Published on Feb 7, 2019in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Shameen Prashantham17
Estimated H-index: 17
(China Europe International Business School),
Julian Birkinshaw52
Estimated H-index: 52
(LBS: London Business School)
Although international business scholars have begun to recognize the division of entrepreneurial labor between MNEs and SMEs, there is a fragmented understanding of the different forms MNE–SME cooperation can take. We develop a typology that takes into account not only complementarity of capabilities but also, crucially, the compatibility of intent between MNEs (exploration vs. exploitation) and SMEs (international vs. domestic orientation). The framework offers a novel way to understand the for...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in Journal of International Business Studies7.72
Sarianna M. Lundan14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Bremen),
Jiatao Li31
Estimated H-index: 31
(HKUST: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Abstract This paper identifies two main dimensions – institutional diversity and dynamism – in the research stream that has substantively engaged with the important contribution of Jackson and Deeg (J Int Bus Stud 39(4):540–561, 2008). Taking into account their core criticism that institutional analysis in international business research is often de-contextualized, and building on these two dimensions, we present two possible paths for institutional analysis that are sensitive to context. The fi...
Published on Dec 1, 2018
Ari Van Assche11
Estimated H-index: 11
(HEC Montréal)
International business (IB) scholarship has developed a deep expertise in explaining how the international environment affects the behavior and strategies of firms, yet IB concepts continue to make limited inroads in policy circles. By comparing the fields of IB and international economics, I argue that a key reason behind this puzzle is that IB scholars have evolved into an epistemic community that builds on a frame of reference which is not adapted to policy practitioners’ concerns. IB researc...