In response to the new initiative of OUP to launch the Oxford Handbook series we invited leading scholars in the field of international business to write original state of the art literature reviews for this book. These chapters are designed to survey and synthesize the relevant literature. Each author has been encouraged to bring analytical insight and critical thinking to this task.
Each of the potential authors identified is an authority on the topic, as recognized by an extensive set of publications in leading refereed journals and by citations to this body of work. All have been active as leaders in the Academy of International Business, the professional body for scholars in the field of international business with a worldwide membership of approximately 3,000 academics. All have attended the annual conferences of the AIB or published in the Journal of International Business Studies. One of the two editors of this book is Professor Thomas Brewer, the current editor of JIBS and thereby positioned at the centre of the most extensive network of authors and referees in the area of international business. The second editor, Professor Alan Rugman, has been identified as one of the five most influential scholars in the field of international business, based on citation counts. He is the author or editor of thirty books in the field.
In order to determine appropriate contributors to the Oxford Handbook of International Business, and therein its content, the editors have consulted two 'domain' statements. First is that of the Academy of International Business, as reflected in the statement of the editorial board of JIBS.
The Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) welcomes manuscripts on multinational and other firms' business activities, strategies and managerial processes that cross national boundaries. The journal also welcomes manuscripts on the interactions of such firms with their economic, political and cultural environments. We are interested in papers that are exceptional in terms of theory, evidence, or methodology and that significantly advance social scientific research on international business. As a methodologically pluralistic journal, JIBS welcomes conceptual and theory-development papers, empirical hypothesis-testing papers, mathematical modelling papers, case studies, and review articles. The journal has a special interest in research on important issues that transcend the boundaries of single academic disciplines and managerial functions. We therefore welcome inter-disciplinary scholarship and commentaries that challenge the paradigms and assumptions of individual disciplines or