The case study method has not been as frequently used in international business (IB) research as quantitative methods. Moreover, it has been sometimes misused and quite often criticized. Still, it can be very useful for understanding such complex phenomena as the internationalization process or the management of multinational enterprises. Based on case study methodology literature and the author's personal experience from conducting case studies and reviewing case study articles, this paper proposes some ways for overcoming some of the critiques of the case study method and increasing its contribution to IB research.


Case Studies, International Business, and Qualitative Research


The research was financed by the Estonian Science Foundation’s Grants No. 7405 and 6493 and target financing of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research No. 0180037s08. The author would also like to thank Dan Wulff for a large number of useful comments and suggestions.

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