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Special Issue on Research Methods in International Management

The purpose of this European Journal of International Management Special
Issue is to explore quantitative and qualitative research methods in
international management by considering both new methods and new ways of
using traditional methods. New research methods in management may emerge in
response to the definition of a problem or the research conducted by other
scholars. The emergence of new tools, techniques and software as well as
changes in the environment under study that require new sources of
information also offer opportunities to develop and employ new methods.

Many researchers believe that good theory followed by bad methods hinders
their ability to create theory by generalising findings to other temporal
and geographical contexts (Lewin, 1945; Tsoukas, 1989). For example,
real-world relationships are often asymmetrical, and although multiple
regression analysis is effective at identifying symmetric relationships, it
sometimes fails to capture relationships of asymmetry. Qualitative
comparative analysis can help overcome this problem (Fiss, 2011; Mendel and
Korjani, 2013). Each management method is a lens that allows us to
interpret one or more forms of management and to seek a variety of
solutions to new or existing problems. Hence, a critical review of these
methods and careful analysis of the resulting conclusions is crucial.
Management in different economies, sectors and businesses depends on the
results arising from different methods.

Scientific research uses different quantitative and/or qualitative methods
provide different answers to problems. In management, the language used in
research is important to enable communication between academia and
researchers during both data collection and the dissemination of findings.
Contrasting different studies (or even the same study) using different
methods reduces the gap between theory and practice because it leads to the
generalisation of findings and ensures that the theory can become more
widely used.

The Special Issue editors seek management research papers that present new
solutions using quantitative approaches, qualitative analysis as an
alternative to traditional quantitative methods, or examples and
applications of new methods. The aims of this Special Issue are to provide
high quality empirical evidence using multiple methods and to present
papers that discuss different empirical perspectives. Papers that combine
different research methods are particularly welcome. The Special Issue
editors are open to imaginative and interesting ideas that fit within the
spirit of this call for papers and the topics of the EJIM. Papers might
cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

-    Perspectives and techniques in management research;
-    Quantitative and qualitative methodological proposals by researchers;
-    Comparisons between quantitative and qualitative methods;
-    Consolidation and application of the most relevant methods and
criticism of certain aspects of other methods (e.g., their implications or
even their fundamental proposals);
-    New methods (if applicable), new forms and applications of traditional
methods in management research;
-    Tools and techniques in content analysis, text analysis software
applied to different settings and topics;
-    Predictive validation testing of models using hold-out samples and
testing for causal asymmetry in previous studies;
-    Forms of hybridisation between qualitative and quantitative techniques
in management research;
-    Differences in methodology and concepts when comparing approaches
across different empirical studies;
-    Discrepancies, criticism and debate of papers published in refereed
-    Other new qualitative research methods or techniques and new ways of
applying traditional quantitative methods in management research.

Submissions should not have been previously published, nor should they be
under consideration for publication elsewhere. A title of twelve words or
fewer should be provided. Although a description of the method is optional,
its empirical applications and the potential methodological advancements
that increase its usefulness in management research and practice should be
emphasized, as should the method’s limitations. All manuscripts should
adhere to the guidelines of the European Journal of International
Management and should be completely free of spelling and grammar errors.
Further information and guidelines for authors are available at:

All manuscripts will be desk reviewed by the guest editors and, if deemed
suitable, will be sent to two reviewers for double-blind peer review.

If you have any questions about the suitability of topics or approaches
please contact the guest editors, Domingo Enrique Ribeiro-Soriano
(Universitat de València, Spain, [log in to unmask]), Naveen Donthu (Georgia
State University, USA, [log in to unmask]), and Maite del Val (University of
Alcala, Spain, [log in to unmask]).

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