Dr. Rabi Bhagat’s Article in the Journal of International Business Studies Recognized

For release:  October 8, 2014

Dr. Rabi Bhagat, professor in the Department of Management, recently had his article “Culture and International Business: Recent advances and their implication for future research” recognized by the Chinese Academy of Management as one of the most influential papers published in the past ten years.

This article was originally published in the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) in 2005. There were a total of 14 articles that were selected for this award, on topics ranging from management, marketing, MIS, accounting, and finance.

Dr. Bhagat co-authored this article with Drs. Kwok Leung, from the University of Hong Kong, Nancy Buchan, from the University of Wisconsin, Miriam Erez, from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Cristina Gibson, from the University of California.

The paper provides a state-of-the-art review of several innovative advances in culture-and international business (IB) to stimulate new avenues for future research. It reviews the issues surrounding cultural convergence and divergence, and the processes underlying cultural changes. It then examines novel constructs for characterizing cultures, and how to enhance the precision of cultural models by pinpointing when cultural effects are important. Finally, it demonstrates the usefulness of experimental methods, which are rarely used by IB researchers. Implications of these path-breaking approaches for future research on culture and IB are discussed.