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Integrating qualitative and quantitative methods in research on international entrepreneurship

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  • Jukka Hohenthal

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    Using mixed methods is an often proposed but rarely used research design. In this paper, I describe a mixed method approach to research on international entrepreneurship. Using a mixed methods design with a case study and a mail survey, I show how the two methods make it possible to reach a better understanding of the antecedents of organizational memory and how organizational memory affects perceived costs of further international expansion of Swedish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). I also propose research designs for studying both novel phenomena and for developing established theory through a combination of case studies and structural equation modeling. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of International Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 175-190

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:4:y:2006:i:4:p:175-190

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    Keywords: Mixed methods; Case studies; Structural equation modeling; International expansion; Organizational memory; International experience;

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    1. Indujeeva Peiris & Michèle Akoorie & Paresha Sinha, 2012. "International entrepreneurship: A critical analysis of studies in the past two decades and future directions for research," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 279-324, December.
    2. Thor Sigfusson & Simon Harris, 2012. "The relationship formation paths of international entrepreneurs," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 325-349, December.

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