RM-SIG and JIBS Webinar: Reviewing and Editing Qualitative Manuscripts: Dealing with Potential Biases

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Theme: Reviewing and Editing Qualitative Manuscripts: Dealing with Potential Biases

Time: 22 September 2022, 16:00 UTC (View Local Time)

Sponsored by:  RM-SIG and JIBS

Registration Deadline: 21 September 2022

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About the Webinar:

Relatively few articles are published in IB journals with qualitative data. This is surprising, given that qualitative data can reveal new theoretical pathways that are important to cross-border business. In this webinar, Pratima (Tima) Bansal will describe the unique attributes of qualitative manuscripts that require reviewers and editors to take a different approach than they take with quantitative manuscripts and move beyond their unconscious biases. This webinar offers an important step forward in inviting more qualitative research to be published in IB journals. Tima will give a brief presentation, which will be followed by a commentary from Eileen Fischer and a dialogue with participants moderated by Rebecca Piekkari and Catherine Welch.

Tima Bansal, Western University
Eileen Fischer, York University

Catherine Welch, Trinity College Dublin
Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University

Participant Bios:

Pratima (Tima) Bansal is a Professor and Canada Research Chair of Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School, Western University (London, Canada). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Academy of Management, and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Hamburg and HEC (Montreal). Her research is primarily in business sustainability, exploring the role of time, space and scale in business strategy and international business. Tima was the inaugural Deputy Editor (2016-2019) and an Associate Editor (2010-2013) of the Academy of Management Journal, handling qualitative research. During this time, she handled over 400 manuscripts. Relevant to IB, Tima has published in the Journal of International Business Studies, and Management International Review. She also sat previously on the JIBS editorial board, along with 10 other editorial boards. Tima has long advocated for more qualitative research to be published in management and IB.

Eileen Fischer is a Professor of Marketing, and the Tanenbaum Chair of Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise, in the Schulich School of Business at York University, Canada. She also holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics and the Bayes School of Business at City University, London. Eileen is an incoming member of the Editorial Team of JIBS, where she will serve on the Research Advisory Committee.  She is also currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing Research. From 2014-2017, she served as a Co-Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research. Eileen has wide-ranging research interests that span the fields of marketing, entrepreneurship and international business. She is particularly known for her expertise in qualitative research methods and has co-authored one textbook and several journal articles and book chapters on how to gather and analyze qualitative data.

Catherine Welch is Chair of Strategic Management at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Finland. She has a track record of launching new disciplinary conversations and advocating methodological and theoretical pluralism. She was the first author on a paper which won the 2021 Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Decade Award. Catherine’s research has concentrated on qualitative research methodology and process approaches to studying firm internationalization. Catherine is the current Book Review Editor of JIBS and a member of the journal’s Research Methods Advisory Committee. She is an Associate Editor of Organizational Research Methods. She is Vice-President, Communications, and Newsletter Editor for the Academy of InternationaI Business (AIB) Research Methods Shared Interest Group (RM-SIG), of which she was a founding member, and Fellow of AIB. From 2022-2025 she will serve on the AIB’s board as Vice President Programs.

Rebecca Piekkari is Marcus Wallenberg Chair of International Business at Aalto University School of Business. She is an incoming Associate Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and sits on several editorial boards of IB and management journals. Rebecca’s recent research interests focus on translation as a perspective on IB phenomena, the shifting meaning of location for cross-border activities, as well as questions of social sustainability, diversity and inclusion in multinational corporations. She is particularly known for her expertise in qualitative research methods and language-sensitive research in IB. Together with her co-authors she won the 2021 JIBS Decade award on theorizing from case studies. Rebecca has also co-edited several handbooks and book chapters on these topics. She is Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the European International Business Academy. Together with Catherine, Rebecca will moderate the webinar.