Intercultural Survey Research: Challenges & Solutions
A new online paper on the challenges of international and cross-cultural survey research
Ever since my PhD research I have been interested in the challenges of doing international research and have built up a research program on the international research process. As part of that I published a review article on the challenges of international survey research in European Journal of International Management.
A condensed and updated version of this article is now scheduled to be published in a major new research handbook on intercultural research, which will come out in 2021. It will include around 30 chapters with a wide spread of countries and contexts outside the West and “the Triads”. There will be chapters about digital field-research, and several chapters from both South American and African countries, in addition to a few from the Middle East and Thailand contexts.
- Harzing, A.W.; Reiche B.S.; Pudelko, M. (2021) Intercultural Survey Research: Challenges and Suggested Solutions, in: Guttormsen, D.S.A., Lauring, J., & Chapman, M.K. Field Guide to Intercultural Research. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. Available online... - Related blog post
When conducting inter- and cross-cultural research projects, scholars face a myriad of challenges that reach beyond those encountered in domestic research. In this chapter, we describe the challenges related to doing international survey research and provide possible solutions, thus putting forward suggestions for improving the quality of international survey research.
Whereas intercultural investigation is not limited to survey research and includes a range of other quantitative and also qualitative methods of data collection (see Marschan-Piekkari and Welch, 2004 for a good overview), we focus our discussion on the collection of intercultural data through questionnaires. We will structure our discussion along the various stages of a research project, referring to study population and data access, survey development, data collection, data analysis, and finally publication of the results.
- Challenges in International survey research: illustrations and solutions
- Language effects in international mail surveys
- What if fully agree doesn't mean the same thing across cultures?
- Should we distance ourselves from the cultural distance concept?
- Do countries specialise in particular research areas?
Foreword – Malcolm Chapman: ‘A foreword by Malcolm Chapman – SOME MUSINGS
ON FIELDWORK IN A BUSINESS CONTEXT
1. Introduction – David S. A. Guttormsen, Jakob Lauring, Malcolm Chapman:
INTRODUCTION: FOLLOWING THE RESEARCHERS INTO THE FIELD
W. Travis Selmer II, Aloysius Newenham-Kahindi: USING GROUNDED THEORY IN AN AFRICAN BUSINESS CONTEXT
Anne-Wil Harzing, Sebastian Reiche, Markus Pudelko: INTERCULTURAL SURVEY RESEARCH: CHALLENGES AND SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS
Will Harvey: INTERVIEWING GLOBAL ELITES
Indigo Holcombe-James, Ellie Rennie: SURVEY-BASED RESEARCH IN REMOTE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES: CONSIDERATIONS FOR METHODS
Gunnhild Odden: METHODOLOGICAL REFELCTIONS ON RESEARCHING ETHNIC BUSINESS IN SOUTHERN EUROPE. EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD
Ritam Garg, Petra Poljsak-Rosinski: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN INTERCULTURAL INTERVIEWING: THE ROLE OF INTERCULTURAL TRAININGS FOR EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS
Mai Skjøtt Linneberg, Steffen Korsgaard: CODING INTERCULTURAL FIELDWORK DATA: A HANDS-ON APPROACH
Jakob Lauring, Charlotte Jonasson: SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE ON COLLECTING QUALITATIVE DATA: OUTLINE OF A FIELDWORK PROCESS
Marta Jackowska: UNLOCKING THE AFFORDANCES OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
Bruce W. Stening: REFLECTIONS ON AN INTERCULTURAL (RESEARCH) LIFE
Mette Zølner: DOING FIELD WORK IN CULTURALLY HYBRID LOCATIONS
Christopher Richardson: RESEARCHING RELIGION IN ORGANISATIONS: KEY ISSUES AND STRATEGIES
Badri Zolfaghari: OPERATIONALIZING ‘CULTURE’ WHEN CONDUCTING CROSS-CULTURAL FIELDWORK: THE CASE OF GERMANY AND SOUTH AFRICA
David S. A. Guttormsen, Petra Poljsak-Rosinski, Htwe Htwe Thein, Trifon Pavkov, Katarina Brkovic, Michael Gillan: ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES HAVE CULTURES, TOO: INTERCULTURAL CHALLENGES FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCHERS IN THE FIELD
Masumi Owa: DILEMMAS WITH MULTIPLE SOCIAL IDENTITIES IN THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Annelise Ly, Ingrid Onarheim Spjeldnæs: STRATEGIES TO SURVIVE ON FOREIGN TURF: EXPERIENCE SHARING AND REFLECTIONS FROM TWO APPARENT ALIENS IN THE FIELD
Charlotte Jonasson, Jakob Lauring, David S. A. Guttormsen: ‘INSIDE-OUT’: RACE, ROLE AND RELATIONS IN INTERCULTURAL FIELDWORK
Christoph Barmeyer, Eric Davoine: INTERCULTURAL CHALLENGES OF ‘RAPPORT’ IN FRENCH–GERMAN ORGANIZATIONAL FIELD RESEARCH – INSIGHTS FROM A BINATIONAL RESEARCH TANDEM
Nomusa B. Mazonde: CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH FIELDWORK WITHIN AN AFRICAN CONTEXT
Adebukola E. Oyewunmi, Stephen I. Ukenna, Ebes Esh: NAVIGATING THE REALITIES OF INTERCULTURAL RESEARCH IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: INSIGHTS FROM NIGERIA
Anna Shostya, Joseph Morreale, Moshe Banai: THE CHALLENGES OF CONDUCTING FIELD STUDIES IN CHINA
Hana Abdo, Amélie Artis, Anne Bartel-Radic: CHALLENGES AND PROMOTERS DURING INTERNATIONAL FIELDWORK IN LEBANON
Maranda Ridgway, Fiona Robson: INTERSECTIONAL CHALLENGES OF CONDUCTING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Sarina Theys: CROSSING BORDERS, TRAVERSING CULTURES AND MEDIATING IDENTITIES: A REFLECTION ON FIELDWORK CONDUCTED IN THE ARAB GULF
Thi My Hanh Huynh, Anne Bartel-Radic: DOING QUALITATIVE FIELD RESEARCH IN VIETNAM
Astrid Kainzbauer, Brian Hunt: INVESTIGATING THE WORLDVIEW OF PROFESSIONALS: REFLECTIONS ON THE CHALLENGES OF RESEARCHING IN THE THAI CULTURE
Afterword: Fiona Moore
Journal of International Business Studies articles on methodological issues [From the AIB SIG Research Methods website: https://rmsig.aib.world/resources-2/jibs-methods-editorials/]
- Science’s reproducibility and replicability crisis: International business is not immune
- What’s in a p? Reassessing best practices for conducting and reporting hypothesis-testing research
- Beyond categorization: New directions for theory development about entrepreneurial internationalization
- Can I trust your findings? Ruling out alternative explanations in international business research
- Experimental designs in international business research
- Restriction of variance interaction effects and their importance for international business research
- Explaining interaction effects within and across levels of analysis
- How to write articles that are relevant to practice
- Multilevel models in international business research
- Endogeneity in international business research
- Explaining theoretical relationships in international business research: Focusing on the arrows, NOT the boxes
- From a distance and generalizable to up close and grounded: Reclaiming a place for qualitative methods in international business research
- Common method variance in international business research
- Student samples in international business research
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.