- The Oxford Handbook of International Business 2nd edition
- Preface to Second Edition
- Preface to First Edition
- Acknowledgements for Second Edition
- Acknowledgements for First Edition
- The History of the Multinational Enterprise
- The Key Literature on IB Activities: 1960–2006
- The Gravity Equation in International Trade
- Strategic Complexity in International Business
- Theories of the Multinational Enterprise
- Location, Competitiveness, and the Multinational Enterprise
- Sovereignty@Bay: Globalization, Multinational Enterprise, and the International Political System
- National Policies and Domestic Politics
- Multinational Enterprises and Public Policy
- Unbundling the Institution‐Based View of International Business Strategy
- Multilateral Institutions and Policies: Implications for Multinational Business Strategy
- Strategy and the Multinational Enterprise
- The Multinational Enterprise as an Organization
- Strategy and Management In MNE Subsidiaries
- Strategic Alliances
- Innovation and Information Technology in the MNE
- Contemporary Research Trends in International Marketing: The 2000s
- Culture and Human Resources Management
- Environmental Policy and International Business
- International Financial Management and Multinational Enterprises
- Taxes, Transfer Pricing, and The Multinational Enterprise
- China and International Business
- The Smaller Economies of Pacific Asia and Their Business Systems
- Methodological Contributions in International Business and the Direction of Academic Research Activity
- Political Risk and Country Risk in International Business: Concepts and Measures
- Comparative International Business Research Methods : Pitfalls and Practicalities
- Metrics for International Business Research
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
In retrospect there have been significant theoretical achievements in international business (IB) over the past forty years, but the prospects are not so good. This article provides a prospective view of international business. If IB is to regain its influence within the social sciences as a whole, it is necessary to reintegrate it into mainstream intellectual debate. One way in which this can be done is to introduce more refined analytical techniques into IB theory. This article recommends that the rational action approach to modelling should be expanded in order to address a wider range of IB issues. It provides practical examples of how this can be done, based mainly on recent work. The rational action approach has achieved its greatest successes in addressing economic issues, but it can also elucidate issues in strategic management and organizational behaviour.
Peter Buckley is Professor of International Business and Director of the Centre of International Business at the University of Leeds. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Reading and Honorary Professor of the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. He has published nineteen books, many of which have been translated into other languages, and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 1985 for ‘outstanding achievements in international business’. He is also a fellow of the British Academy of Management and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship to the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
Mark Casson is Professor of Economics at the University of Reading. His publications include The Entrepreneur (1982; new edition, 2002), Entrepreneurship and Business Culture (1995) and Enterprise and Leadership (2000). He has contributed articles on entrepreneurship to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, the International Encyclopaedia of Social Science, the Fortune Dictionary of Economics and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Economic History. His most recent work focuses on links between entrepreneurship and theories of the firm.
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