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Methodological Contributions in International Business and the Direction of Academic Research Activity

Bruce Kogut

in Oxford Handbook of International Business

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241828
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241821.003.0027
Methodological Contributions in International Business and the Direction of Academic Research Activity

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Research in international business has contributed its own methodological designs that serve as templates for subsequent efforts. This chapter first briefly documents three contributions: Raymond Vernon's Harvard multinational enterprise database, foreign direct investment studies, and the choice of foreign entry mode. Next, two current areas of research are addressed that might benefit from agreement on design and method: organizational ecology and demography; and comparative management and national systems. In focusing on these contributions, various other major contributions to international business research are neglected, especially that of business history, which has indisputably created successful research programmes with defined methodologies; this topic is treated in the first chapter (by Wilkins) in this volume.

Keywords: comparative management; databases; foreign direct investment; foreign entry mode; international business; methodology; multinational enterprises; organizational demography; organizational ecology; research

Chapter.  13732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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