Problematising Paradigms & Qualitative Research in International Business: State of the field, Thoughts & Ways Forward

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We problematize what paradigms international business (IB) scholars have used in qualitative research and how the paradigms connect the application as well as discussion of methodology within those studies. Our work is based on qualitative empirical papers published in four IB journals. We show the prevalence of the positivist/post-positivist paradigm and some confusion regarding method and methodology within the examined work. We also discuss the low adoptions paradigms and propose suggestions for using them in the future. We conclude by advocating for the use of multi-paradigms, which can help identify novel research questions and enhance the understanding of methodological concepts.
Period10 Dec 202112 Dec 2021
Held atEuropean International Business Academy
Degree of RecognitionInternational