The qualitative case research in international entrepreneurship: a state of the art and analysis

Ji, J., Plakoyiannaki, E., Dimitratos, P. and Chen, S. (2019) The qualitative case research in international entrepreneurship: a state of the art and analysis. International Marketing Review, 36(1), pp. 164-187. (doi: 10.1108/IMR-02-2017-0052)

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Purpose: This paper examines how qualitative case research (QCR) has been conducted in the field of international entrepreneurship (IE) in terms of onto-epistemology and methodology. QCR can serve as an umbrella approach for contextualizing and capturing the complexity of IE opportunities, events, conditions and relationships, and to illuminate and enrich the understanding of related IE processes. Design/methodology/approach: A thorough literature review was conducted of IE journal articles published between 1989 and mid-2017. This paper identified and analyzed 292 journal articles in terms of theoretical purpose and research design. Findings: The findings suggest that the “positivistic” QCR is the customary convention of QCR in IE. “Exploratory” and “theory building” are the two most commonly pursued objectives. There have also been atypical practices and increased methodological rigor in recent years. Alternative paradigmatic QCRs that depart from positivistic assumptions are in an early stage of development in IE. Originality/Value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first research examining QCR onto-epistemology and methodology approaches in IE, providing a useful state of the art that has been hitherto lacking in the literature. Based on this paper’s findings, the authors suggest that the IE field would benefit from greater methodological transparency in the reporting and writing of QCR. Also, the breadth of knowledge and legitimacy of the IE area would be enhanced through more studies involving unconventional (beyond positivistic) QCR.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Junzhe Ji acknowledges the support from the Research Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences for Young Scholars by the Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 15YJC630040).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimitratos, Professor Pavlos and Ji, Dr Junzhe
Authors: Ji, J., Plakoyiannaki, E., Dimitratos, P., and Chen, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Marketing Review
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN:0265-1335
ISSN (Online):0265-1335
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Emerald Publishing Limited
First Published:First published in International Marketing Review 36(1):164-187
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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