Multilevel models in international business research

Mark F. Peterson, Jean-Luc Arregle, Xavier Martin

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Abstract

Multiple-level (or mixed linear) modeling (MLM) can simultaneously test hypotheses at several levels of analysis (usually two or three), or control for confounding effects at one level while testing hypotheses at others. Advances in multi-level modeling allow increased precision in quantitative international business (IB) research, and open up new methodological and conceptual possibilities. However, they create new challenges, and they are still not frequently used in IB research. In this editorial we outline some key methodological issues for the uses of MLM in IB, including criteria, sample size, and measure equivalence issues. We then examine promising directions for future multilevel IB research considering comparative opportunities at nation, multiple-nation cluster, and within-nation region levels, including large multilevel databases. We also consider its promise for MNE research about semi-globalization, interorganizational effects across nations, clusters within nations, and teams and subsidiaries within MNEs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods in International Business
EditorsLorraine Eden, Bo B. Nielsen, Alain Verbeke
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Chapter23
Pages417-432
ISBN (Electronic)9783030221133
ISBN (Print)9783030221126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

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International business research
Multilevel models
Multinational enterprises
Modeling
Confounding
Equivalence
Sample size
Multilevel modeling
Data base
International business
Hypothesis testing
Subsidiaries
Levels of analysis
Hypothesis test
Globalization

Keywords

  • Multilevel models
  • Mixed linear methods
  • Levels of analysis

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Peterson, M. F., Arregle, J-L., & Martin, X. (2020). Multilevel models in international business research. In L. Eden, B. B. Nielsen, & A. Verbeke (Eds.), Research Methods in International Business (pp. 417-432). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22113-3_23
Peterson, Mark F. ; Arregle, Jean-Luc ; Martin, Xavier. / Multilevel models in international business research. Research Methods in International Business. editor / Lorraine Eden ; Bo B. Nielsen ; Alain Verbeke. Cham : Springer, 2020. pp. 417-432
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Research Methods in International Business. ed. / Lorraine Eden; Bo B. Nielsen; Alain Verbeke. Cham : Springer, 2020. p. 417-432.

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Peterson MF, Arregle J-L, Martin X. Multilevel models in international business research. In Eden L, Nielsen BB, Verbeke A, editors, Research Methods in International Business. Cham: Springer. 2020. p. 417-432 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22113-3_23