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Are We at a Turning Point for Distance Research in International Business Studies?
Progress in International Business Research (2017)
  • Douglas Dow
In this chapter I argue that the distance research in international business studies is at a turning point, not in terms of its popularity, nor the quantity of articles published; but rather, in terms of the types of issues that are explored. Past distance research has largely been conducted at the level of the firm and/or the market – i.e. linking national-level measures of distance with specific firm behaviours and outcomes. However, the seminal paper by Shenkar (2001) represents a shift in focus that is only just beginning to gain traction. This shift involves stepping back and beginning to unpack the black box we call ‘distance’ by exploring the micro-level mechanisms involved. In essence, it is about digging deeper in multiple aspects, to understand when, why and how distance matters in the IB context. These are issues that until now have typically been neglected. A metaphor borrowed from the social psychology literature, known as Coleman's Boat, is used as a vehicle to explain the key issues involved in this shift, and the opportunities for future research.
  • Distance,
  • microfoundations
Publication Date
December 16, 2017
Alain Verbeke, Rob van Tulder, Jonas Puck
Citation Information
Douglas Dow. "Are We at a Turning Point for Distance Research in International Business Studies?" Progress in International Business Research Vol. 12 (2017)
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