Introducing the eventful temporality of historical research into international business

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Historical research represents an alternative understanding of temporality that can contribute to greater methodological and theoretical plurality in international business (IB) research. Historians focus on the importance of events within their historical context and structure their accounts through periodisation, assume that the temporal distance between the past and present determines the temporal positionality of researchers, and seek to reconstruct past events through historical sources, which require critical interpretation. Historical research provides an alternative methodological approach to temporality, context, and distance with relevance to a range of IB theories.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101380
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number6
Early online date28 Jul 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Event
  • History
  • Interpretation
  • Temporal distance
  • Temporality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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