Title: The international business environment: a proposed analytical framework

Authors: Abdulghany Mohamed

Addresses: Carleton University, 810 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada

Abstract: International business environment (IBE) literature is characterised by the lack of a holistic analytical framework. Drawing on a wide range of perspectives, this study aspires to fill the lacuna by offering a holistic, dynamic analytical framework for the systematic study of the IBE. The IBE is broadly conceived as a spatial-temporally multilayered, multi-actor context imbued and stitched up with ideas, institutions and non-institutional structures wherein international business (IB) actors, activities and processes are constituted and occur. Application of the proposed framework will potentially ensure a better understanding of the IBE, support endeavours that focus attention on the IBE as an object of inquiry in its own right, and ultimately foster better managerial and public policy decision-making.

Keywords: dynamic framework; global business environment; GBE; holistic framework; analytical framework; international business environment; IBE; managerial decision making; public policy decisions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2015.069013

International Journal of Business Environment, 2015 Vol.7 No.2, pp.168 - 199

Received: 21 Jun 2014
Accepted: 18 Sep 2014

Published online: 24 Apr 2015 *

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