Academic research in the Latin American context: A review of the empirical literature 1990-2010

Candace A. Martinez, Morris Kalliny

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The purpose of this literature review is to provide a systematic overview and analysis of the trends and methodological issues of empirical scholarship in the Latin American context. The publications of a 21-year period (1990-2010) were reviewed in 45 business journals; 108 empirical studies were found that utilized a Latin American context. Country-specific and research design patterns were identified. This paper discusses how three methodological challenges – language, data collection, and response rates – have evolved in the context of Latin America over a period of two decades. This paper contributes to presenting Latin America as a more tractable empirical context for future qualitative and quantitative scholarship and highlights the feasibility of including this understudied region to test scholars' hypotheses in the developing world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-247
Number of pages17
JournalMultinational Business Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 17 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Empirical research
  • Latin America
  • Literature
  • Literature review
  • Methodological challenges
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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