Towards a Renaissance in International Business Research? Big Questions, Grand Challenges, and the Future of Ib Scholarship

20 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

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Peter J. Buckley

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business; University of Leeds - Division of International Business

Jonathan P. Doh

Villanova University - School of Business

Mirko Benischke

Villanova University

Date Written: September 2017

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.

Keywords: evaluation of current theories, international business theory, MNEs and economic growth, institutional environment

Suggested Citation

Buckley, Peter Jennings and Doh, Jonathan P. and Benischke, Mirko, Towards a Renaissance in International Business Research? Big Questions, Grand Challenges, and the Future of Ib Scholarship (September 2017). Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 9, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3245125 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41267-017-0102-z

Peter Jennings Buckley (Contact Author)

University of Leeds - Faculty of Business ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

University of Leeds - Division of International Business ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Jonathan P. Doh

Villanova University - School of Business ( email )

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1678
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www62.homepage.villanova.edu/jonathan.doh/

Mirko Benischke

Villanova University

Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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