Management Research on Multinational Corporations: A Methodological Critique

Economic and Social Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 235-258, 2007

24 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2007 Last revised: 24 Feb 2010

See all articles by Anthony McDonnell

Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia; Queen's University Management School

Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

David G. Collings

University of Limerick

Date Written: August 3, 2007

Abstract

In the context of burgeoning research on multinational corporations (MNCs), this paper addresses the issue of the representativeness of databases of MNCs in Ireland. It identifies some important deficiencies in existing databases much used by scholars in the field. Drawing on the international literature, it finds that this problem also characterises research on MNCs in many other countries. In the Irish context, we find that the extant empirical research has generally excluded two key categories of MNCs, namely, (a) foreign MNCs which are not grant-aided by the main industrial promotions agencies and (b) Irish-owned MNCs. The paper outlines our experience in identifying and addressing these deficiencies and describes the methods that might be employed in more precisely defining the MNC population in Ireland. More generally the paper reviews some of the issues and obstacles confronting scholars investigating the MNC sector in Ireland and abroad.

Keywords: multinational companies, Ireland, databases, research, methodology, representative, human resource management, industrial relations

Suggested Citation

McDonnell, Anthony and Lavelle, Jonathan and Gunnigle, Patrick and Collings, David G., Management Research on Multinational Corporations: A Methodological Critique (August 3, 2007). Economic and Social Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 235-258, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1054241

Anthony McDonnell (Contact Author)

University of South Australia ( email )

Australia

Queen's University Management School ( email )

25 University Square
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
+353 61 202380 (Phone)
+353 61 338171 (Fax)

David G. Collings

University of Limerick

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

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