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From the Editors: Can I trust your findings? Ruling out alternative explanations in international business research
Northeastern Univ, DAmore McKim Sch Business, 313 Hayden Hall,360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 USA..
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. BI Norwegian Business Sch, Dept Strategy, Oslo, Norway..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4425-9367
Univ Victoria, Gustavson Sch Business, Victoria, BC, Canada..
Univ Sydney, Sch Business, Discipline Int Business, Sydney, NSW, Australia.;Copenhagen Business Sch, Dept Strateg Management & Globalizat, Copenhagen, Norway..
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2016 (English)In: Journal of International Business Studies, ISSN 0047-2506, E-ISSN 1478-6990, Vol. 47, no 8, 881-897 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The complex nature of international business research, with its cross-country and multilevel nature, complicates the empirical identification of relationships among theoretical constructs. The objective of this editorial is to provide guidance to help international business scholars navigate this complexity and ensure that readers can trust their findings. We provide suggestions for how to rule out alternative explanations, explaining key considerations not only in empirical analyses, but also in theory building and in research design. Our discussion covers both qualitative and quantitative studies, because we believe that it is imperative to understand how trustworthiness is established in both traditions, even for international business researchers who self-identify with only one. This enables scholars to have a broader scope of knowledge when interpreting past research in the field and to be more adept at explaining their design choices to a diverse audience.

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2016. Vol. 47, no 8, 881-897 p.
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theory-method intersection, qualitative/quantitative comparisons, reliability, case theoretic approaches, controls, international business
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-33691DOI: 10.1057/s41267-016-0005-4ISI: 000386320000001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85010953762OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-33691DiVA: diva2:1047430
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2017-02-16Bibliographically approved

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