Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business

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Contributors from Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand offer extensive advice to scholars of international business who are embarking on a research project. They cover trends and prospects in international business research, case study research, interviewing in international business research, alternative methods and methodologies, researching outside the triad, and from analysis to publication. Among their topics are finding a post-colonial research paradigm in international business and comparative management, language and languages in cross-cultural interviewing, reflections on conducting research in eastern Europe, and applying computer-assisted qualitative data analysis in an export study. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843760832
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/4/2004
  • Series: Elgar Original Reference Series
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Vignette : observations from a lifetime of interviewing
Vignette : interviews : a key data source in international business research
Vignette : theory is not reality 3
1 Qualitative research methods in international business : the state of the art 5
2 Empirical research in international management : a critique and future agenda 25
3 Towards a postcolonial research paradigm in international business and comparative management 56
4 Hermeneutic methodology and international business research 84
Vignette : the many skills of the case researcher 107
5 Designing and conducting case studies in international business research 109
6 The architecture of multiple case study research in international business 125
7 The role of negative personal experiences in cross-cultural case study research : failure or opportunity? 144
8 First the sugar, then the eggs ... or the other way round? Mixing methods in international business research 162
Vignette : getting the ear of the minister 183
9 Interview studies in international business research 185
10 Improvisation and adaptation in international business research interviews 207
11 Language and languages in cross-cultural interviewing 224
12 Interviewing in the multinational corporation : challenges of the organisational context 244
13 The interview in international business research : problems we would rather not talk about 264
Vignette : seeing and experiencing culture 285
14 The ethnographic international business researcher : misfit or trailblazer? 287
15 The relevance of ethnography to international business research 306
16 Interpreting the international firm : going beyond interviews 324
17 Critical discourse analysis as a methodology for international business studies 342
Vignette : eating alone and other experiences 363
18 Contextualising fieldwork : reflections on conducting research in Eastern Europe 365
19 Conducting qualitative research in Vietnam : ethnography, grounded theory and case study research 384
20 The role of culture in conducting trustworthy and credible qualitative business research in China 402
21 An outsider in India 421
22 The rhythms of Latin America : a context and guide for qualitative research 439
Vignette : against today's fashion : experiences form the 'review front' 461
23 Ensuring validity in qualitative international business research 464
24 Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis : application in an export study 486
25 Writing about methods in qualitative research : towards a more transparent approach 507
26 'Writing it up' : the challenges of representation in qualitative research 529
27 Getting published : the last great hurdle? 551
28 Publishing qualitative research in international business 570
Vignette : case studies in construction : recollections of an accidental researcher 585
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