Ensuring validity in qualitative international business research

Poul Houman Andersen, Maria Anne Wagtmann

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It is an obligation for all scientists to conduct rigorous studies, regardless of their research tradition. The process of validating studies based on qualitative research strategies is therefore a core issue for both the readers and producers of qualitative research. In international business (IB) research textbooks, validity is most often merely equated to measurement issues, if covered at all. However, in essence, the validity issue concerns the intersubjective convincibility of a study: To what extent do scholars agree that a study and its results cover the phenomena they claim to cover? On this more fundamental level, validity is related to the social research issues of ontology, i.e. the nature of ‘reality', such as the essence of the phenomenon under study, and epistemology, i.e. assumptions about the grounds of knowledge, and how this knowledge can be grasped through methods of inquiry. This article examines these issues as well as various strategies for ensuring validity of claims.
TitelHandbook og Qualitative Research Methods for International Business
RedaktørerCatherine Welch, Rebecca Marschan-Piekkari
Antal sider22
Udgivelses stedCheltonham UK
ForlagEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Trykt)1 84376 083 5
StatusUdgivet - 2004
Udgivet eksterntJa


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Udkom under mit pigenavn "Maria Anne Skaates"


Houman Andersen, P., & Wagtmann, M. A. (2004). Ensuring validity in qualitative international business research. I C. Welch, & R. Marschan-Piekkari (red.), Handbook og Qualitative Research Methods for International Business (1 udg., s. 464-485). Edward Elgar Publishing.