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(p. v) Preface to Second Edition

(p. v) Preface to Second Edition

The Oxford Handbook of International Business, published in 2001, was the first academic handbook in management to be commissioned by OUP. Due to its academic and commercial success it is the first handbook to be published in a second edition. The structure of the first edition has been retained, but five chapters have been dropped, mainly because they were difficult to revise; while five new chapters have been invited, as discussed below. The other major change is that Thomas Brewer has stepped down as editor of the book due to his current focus upon issues in public policy and a sustainable environment.

In this second edition Chapter 3, formerly by James Markusen, has been replaced with a new chapter by Michele Fratianni on the gravity equation in international trade. In Part II the old Chapter 10 by Stephen Guisinger and David Berg has been replaced by a new chapter on the institution‐based view of international business strategies by Mike Peng (with Theodore Khoury). The old Chapter 9 on multilateral trading systems by Sylvia Ostry could not be updated due to her illness and it has been replaced by a revised chapter 28 from the first edition by Rugman and Verbeke on multinational enterprises and public policy. Otherwise two chapters in Part V were difficult to update and revise. These were chapter 23 by Robert Grosse on Latin America and chapter 25 by Klaus Meyer on transition economies. These regional studies have not been replaced; instead Part VI has been strengthened with the addition of three papers dealing with issues in methodology. These include chapters by Randall Morck and Bernie Yeung; Simon Collinson and Andrew Pettigrew; and Yadong Luo. The five new chapters are a response to comments received on the first edition and try to serve to both broaden and deepen the coverage of the handbook. They also address relevant new topics of interest to doctoral students and scholars of international business management.

The authors of all the remaining chapters have revised and updated their contribution. Some of the substantially rewritten chapters include, for example, those by Mira Wilkins (Chapter 1); Alan Rugman and Alain Verbeke (Chapter 9); Thomas Brewer and Stephen Young (Chapter 11); Stephen Tallman and George Yip (Chapter 12); Eleanor Westney and Srilata Zaheer (Chapter 13); Julian Birkinshaw and Torben Pedersen (Chapter 14); Mike Kotabe (with Crystal Jiang) (Chapter 17); Michael Bowe (Chapter 20); John Child (Chapter 23); and Gordon Redding (Chapter 24). In one chapter substantial new work appears in the form of an appendix: Chapter 6 by Rugman and Verbeke.

A. M. R.

Kelley School of Business

Indiana University

November 2007