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Title: Management research on multinational corporations: a methodological critique
Author: McDonnell, Anthony
Lavelle, Jonathan
Gunnigle, Patrick
Collings, David G.
Keywords: Multinational corporations
Management research
Databases
Ireland
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Economic & Social Research Institute
Citation: McDonnell, Anthony; Lavelle, Jonathan; Gunnigle, Patrick; Collings, David G. 'Management research on multinational corporations: a methodological critique'. - Economic & Social Review, Vol. 38, no. 2, Summer/Autumn, 2007, pp. 235–258, Dublin: Economic & Social Research Institute
Abstract: In the context of burgeoning research on multinational corporations (MNCs), this paper addresses the issue of the representativeness of databases of MNCs in Ireland. It identifies some important deficiencies in existing databases much used by scholars in the field. Drawing on the international literature, it finds that this problem also characterises research on MNCs in many other countries. In the Irish context, we find that the extant empirical research has generally excluded two key categories of MNCs, namely, (a) foreign MNCs which are not grant-aided by the main industrial promotions agencies and (b) Irish-owned MNCs. The paper outlines our experience in identifying and addressing these deficiencies and describes the methods that might be employed in more precisely defining the MNC population in Ireland. More generally the paper reviews some of the issues and obstacles confronting scholars investigating the MNC sector in Ireland and abroad.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2262/59020
ISSN: 00129984
Appears in Collections:Economic and Social Review Archive: Complete Collection 1969-
The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, Summer/Autumn, 2007

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