Country context in management research: Learning from John Child

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In honouring John Child receiving the 2012 IACMR Lifetime Contribution Award, we present this Editors' Forum to showcase his research into the influence of country context on organizations. The forum starts with an invited paper by Child and Marinova that analyzes the challenges faced by Chinese firms in their outward foreign investment. This is followed by four commentaries from Klaus Meyer, Peter Murmann, Kwok Leung, and Gordon Redding. The forum concludes with some reflections by Child and Marinova on the commentaries. Collectively, these six papers provide rich and inspiring insights into John Child's approach to research and how we can learn from it. Five general observations are offered as suggestions for improving current research practice, including: (1) deepening contextual understanding; (2) theorizing across disciplines; (3) respecting the phenomenon; (4) recognizing cultural contingencies; and (5) rebalancing research criteria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-346
Number of pages10
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese management research
  • Contextual effects
  • Cross-national research
  • Interdisciplinary theorizing
  • Organization theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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