About the Module 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce doctoral students to the diversity of ways of conducting case study research and to improve their own research practice. The course aims to provide an overview of recent trends and debates on the case study in the field of International Business (IB). This course will focus on issues that are often left out of methodology courses and training, notably: How do ontological and epistemological assumptions affect views about case study quality and design? What is the ‘disciplinary convention’ in IB regarding the case study, and why does it matter? What are your options when writing up your case study based PhD thesis?

The module is divided into two sections: one emphasizes qualitative methods, while the other delves into quantitative methods. The latter portion specifically addresses topics related to quantitative methods. This course presupposes that students have a foundational understanding of regression analysis and multivariate statistics, upon which the module builds. In particular, we explore significant challenges in general research methodology and those specific to International Business (IB).

About the Faculty

Professor Sjoerd Beugelsdijk

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk (PhD Tilburg University, 2003) holds the J. Willis Cantey Chair and is professor in international business and economics at the Darla Moore School of Business of the University of South Carolina. He has published more than 50 refereed articles in journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Regional Studies and Journal of Economic Geography, 5 books (with MIT Press and Cambridge University Press) and made many contributions to edited books.  Sjoerd Beugelsdijk has held visiting positions at several universities including University of South Carolina, Copenhagen Business School, Bocconi University, and KU-Leuven. He has served as a head of department, academic director of the undergraduate international business program in Groningen, and director of research. Dr. Beugelsdijk received over 1 million euros in competitive research grants of the Netherlands and Flemish Organisation for Scientific Research. He has supervised 10 PhD projects and is the deputy editor for the Journal of International Business Studies. He was elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) in 2020, was awarded the silver medal in 2019 by the AIB for his contribution to the field of international business, and received recognition as excellent teacher in three different universities.  

Professor Rebecca Piekkari

Rebecca Piekkari is Marcus Wallenberg Chair International Business at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. She has published on qualitative research methods, particularly on the use of the case study in international business. Together with Catherine Welch, she has edited two volumes on qualitative research published by Edward Elgar: Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business (2004) and Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research (2011). She has also written about the methodological challenges associated with fieldwork that crosses language boundaries. In 2021, she received, together with Catherine Welch, Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki and Emmanuella Plakoyiannaki, the Journal of International Business Decade Award for the article ‘Theorising from case studies: Towards a pluralist future for international business research’. She is Fellow of the Academy of International Business and European Academy of International Business.