International Management as Management of Diversity: Reconceptualizing Distance as Diversity

25 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021 Last revised: 9 Apr 2021

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Fabrice Lumineau

University of Hong Kong

Marvin Hanisch

University of Groningen

Olivier Wurtz

University of Vaasa

Date Written: December 30, 2020

Abstract

Despite the importance of distance in international business and management research, the theoretical foundation for the concept and the underlying causal mechanisms are subject to shortcomings. We propose reinvigorating the study of distance through a diversity lens. We draw on research on diversity and develop a theoretical framework that distinguishes types of diversity (separation, variety, and disparity) at three levels (institutional, organizational, and individual). We show how this framework allows scholars to extend their analysis of distance, revisit important questions, and explore new issues. We discuss the theoretical and empirical implications of our diversity lens for the international business and management community.

Keywords: Conceptual Framework, Distance, Diversity, International Business, International Management

Suggested Citation

Lumineau, Fabrice and Hanisch, Marvin and Wurtz, Olivier, International Management as Management of Diversity: Reconceptualizing Distance as Diversity (December 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3757547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3757547

Fabrice Lumineau (Contact Author)

University of Hong Kong ( email )

HKU Business School
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Marvin Hanisch

University of Groningen ( email )

P.O. Box 800
9700 AH Groningen, Groningen 9700 AV
Netherlands

Olivier Wurtz

University of Vaasa ( email )

P.O. Box 700
Wolffintie 34
FIN-65101 Vaasa, FI-65101
Finland

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