Time: Three Temporal Lenses on International Business Research

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In this paper, we address the importance of giving a more explicit focus to time in studying international business (IB) phenomena. We develop three distinct time lenses: Time-as-measure, time-as-evolution and time-as-emergence, which differ not only ontologically, but also in terms of the features of IB and multinationals that they shed light on. We apply these lenses to two substantive IB phenomena, subsidiary initiative taking and global value chains. We finally discuss how the three lenses best can advance the incorporation of time into future IB research, and provide implications for IB theories, methods, and research questions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online, Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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