International Business as disciplinary tautology: an ontological perspective

Poulis, Konstantinos ORCID: and Poulis, Efthimios ORCID: (2018) International Business as disciplinary tautology: an ontological perspective. Academy of Management Perspectives, 32 (4) . pp. 517-531. ISSN 1558-9080 (doi:10.5465/amp.2017.0050)

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The identity, legitimacy, and sustainability of international business (IB) as a research field are at stake. IB is being overtaken by the evolution of industries and technology, and critical voices challenge its distinctiveness and value. We identify IB’s ambiguous conceptual space, articulate the roots of the problem, and suggest a perspective for re-legitimizing the discipline. Specifically, we contend that redrawing legitimate knowledge boundaries for IB requires an ontological shift. In this respect, we promote a focus on the processual constitution of international entities across time and a reconceptualization of IB as the amalgamation of local and international forces. The perspective we advocate aims to counterbalance the disciplinary tautology suffered by current IB conceptualizations and to open up the discussion on boundary identification in the field.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 27700
Notes on copyright: © Academy of Management Perspectives. This author's accepted manuscript version is made available as permitted by the publisher's Article Sharing Policy.
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Depositing User: Konstantinos Poulis
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 12:27
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 23:25

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