A Paradox Lens on International Business: A round-table discussion on how to incorporate paradox theorizing in international business.

Josh Keller, Jacqueline Mees-Buss, Monica Ren, Sitong (Michelle) Chen, Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Eleanor Westney

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Abstract

Abstract:
The complexity, multiplexity and dynamism of the international business environment makes the study of international business particularly challenging (Eden & Nielsen, 2020). Ongoing political, technological, and cultural change throughout the world suggests that this challenge will be even greater in the future. As divergent ideologies collide, artificial intelligence evolves, and physical environmental conditions deteriorate, the international business environment is propelled into unprecedented and often contradictory directions. Do we as international business scholars have the set of theoretical tools needed to address this challenge? Although paradox theory has gained significant influence in organization studies, it is still sparsely used in international business studies. In this panel we bring together a group of scholars who have been pioneering a paradox lens as both a theoretical and a metatheoretical approach to deal with the persistent and interdependent contradictions that increasingly characterize the international business environment. The panel members will discuss examples of how paradox theory can enhance our understanding of international business topics, such as international leadership, international stakeholders, global supply chains, and international joint ventures. The intention thereby is not merely to revisit past accomplishments but to encourage an open dialogue about future possibilities for paradox theory in IB.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024
EventAnnual Meeting of Academy of Interantional Business (AIB) : The Dynamics of International Business - South Korea, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 1 Jul 20247 Jul 2024

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Meeting of Academy of Interantional Business (AIB)
Abbreviated titleAIB 2024
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period1/07/247/07/24

Keywords

  • Paradox theory
  • international business

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