From the Editors: Student samples in international business research

Daniel Bello*, Kwok Leung, Lee Radebaugh, Rosalie L. Tung, Arjen Van Witteloostuijn

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The JIBS Statement of Editorial Policy states that Empirical submissions utilizing undergraduate student samples are usually discouraged. Wording is important here - usually does not imply always. This statement suggests that while student samples are appropriate, in principle, undergraduate ones are not, except in unusual situations. The purpose of this From the Editors column is to discuss the pros and cons of student samples in international business (IB) research. Are student samples appropriate for developing and testing IB theories? When are student samples appropriate, and when are they not appropriate? Is there a difference between undergraduate and graduate samples? What are the best practices? This editorial is intended to provide IB researchers with guidelines as to when student samples, and which types of student samples, are appropriate in IB research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of International Business Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


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