Title

Postcolonialism and the politics of qualitative research in international business

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Jack, G & Westwood, RI 2006, 'Postcolonialism and the politics of qualitative research in international business', Management International Review, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 481-501.

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper offers a re-configuration of international business research by subjecting it to a postcolonial critique. This critique sees international business research as exhibiting continuities with the colonial project in the way it appropriates the Other.

Qualitative research in international business often reproduces a neopositivist separation of theory and method, which can marginalize discussion of the important ontological, epistemological and political issues inherent in any research process.