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Reconciling Theory and Context: How the Case Study can Set a New Agenda for International Business Research

Tuesday, 1 February 2022
16:00 UTC (View Local Time)



The 2021 JIBS Decade Award Winner  – a paper by Welch et al. (2011) – sought to explain how scholars, using qualitative data, can employ case study research more effectively by choosing competing methods of theorizing in exploratory and confirmatory research designs.

In this retrospective examination of their work, the authors further develop their original argument and argue that context is essential to theorizing, as well as elaborate on how decontextualization impoverishes theoretical insights. This event will also feature a pair of commentaries on this award-winning research.

Save your spot today—registration is free and open to the public, but you must 
sign up by Monday, 31 January in order to take part. The research being discussed in this session is available for review using the links in the webinar program below.




Theorizing from case studies: Towards a pluralist future for international business research
Catherine Welch, Rebecca Piekkari, Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki 
Presented by: 
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, University of Turku
Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University
Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, University of Vienna

Putting qualitative international business research in context(s)
Rebecca Reuber, Eileen Fischer 
Presented by: Rebecca Reuber, University of Toronto

Alternative typologies of case study theorizing: Causal explanation versus theory development as a classification dimension
Eric Tsang
Presented by: Eric Tsang, University of Texas at Dallas

Dana Minbaeva, Copenhagen Business School & King’s College London
Alain Verbeke, University of Calgary


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