Research Methods SIG Webinar Series
Multilevel Methods (MLM) in International Business Research: 

Utility and New Insights 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
4:30pm New York/EST, 8:30pm GMT, 10:30pm Berlin/CET



Mark Peterson (Panelist)

Prof. Mark F. Peterson (Ph.D., University of Michigan) has had positions at Florida Atlantic University (1996-2015), Texas Tech University (1985-1996), the University of Miami (1980-1985) and Wayne State University (1979-1980). He continues to teach an annual summer Ph.D. course in Europe in collaboration with Mikael Sondegaard (Aarhus University). He held the Hofstede Chair in Cultural Diversity at Maastricht University from 2006 until 2015. His principal interests are in questions of how culture and international relations affect the way organizations should be managed. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics by Tartu University (2015). He has held Fulbright Chairs in Japan (Osaka University, 1986) and Canada (MacMaster University, 2008) and the Gen. John R. Galvin Chair at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (2003). He is an Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies and was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2001 to 2020) and Group and Organization Management (2001-2003). He has published over 130 articles and chapters as well as several books.

Sabina Nielsen (Panelist)

Sabina Nielsen is Professor of International Management at University of Sydney Business School and also holds a Professorship with special obligations in Strategic Leadership and Diversity at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. She received her PhD from University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and was visiting scholar at University of Washington, Seattle and University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Sabina’s research focuses on the composition, dynamics and decision-making of top management teams and boards of directors and appears in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, and Strategic Organization, among others.

Paul Bliese (Panelist)

Paul D. Bliese is the Jeff B. Bates Professor of Management at the Darla Moore School of Business. He received a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University. After graduating in 1991, he worked for a year for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 1992, he joined the US Army, where he spent 22 years as a research psychologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In his last military assignment, he served as the director of the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience and retired at the rank of Colonel in 2014.

Le (Betty) Zhou (Panelist)

Le (Betty) Zhou is an associate professor in the Department of Work and Organizations in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Betty received her Ph.D. in Management at the University of Florida in 2014. She has an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Psychology from Peking University (China). Her research interests include team leadership, self-regulation at work, and quantitative research methods. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Research Methods. Her studies focus on how individuals and higher-level organizational units (e.g., work groups, organizations) influence each other as well as how behaviors change over time within individuals. She uses a diverse set of research approaches, including laboratory experiments, field surveys, archival data analysis, and computational modeling.

Mike Smet (Panelist)

Mike Smet is professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of KU Leuven (Belgium). He is an economist and his research interests are mainly situated in the semi-public sector (e.g. economics of education, health economics). More specifically, he is mainly interested in (and focused on) policy-relevant applied empirical research with a potential societal or policy impact. Examples are: research into (determinants of) transitions within education (i.e. between different levels of education) and between education and the labor market; on funding mechanisms in education and their incentives for various educational outcomes; and in econometric policy evaluation techniques (mainly applied to education). He generally uses applied (micro) economics and quantitative techniques to analyze the underlying topics.

Bo Nielsen (Moderator)

Bo Bernhard Nielsen holds a PhD in international business from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark and is Professor of Business Strategy at the International Business Discipline at University of Sydney. His research is at the intersection of strategy and international business with a specific focus on multilevel issues pertaining to strategic collaboration, firm internationalization, and strategic decision-making across borders. Professor Nielsen has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and his work appears in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of Business Research, and Long Range Planning, among others. Professor Nielsen serves as Consulting Editor, JIBS and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Cross Cultural &Strategic Management, and Journal of Trust Research. Professor Nielsen is the co-founder of the Research Methods Special Interest Group under the auspices of the Academy of International Business (AIB).


Doing Research During COVID: Adapting Your Research Design and Methods

December 3 2020

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Time: December 3, 9am New York, 2pm London, 3pm Berlin, 10pm Hong Kong

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2020

Overview: COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of life, including research projects. This webinar is an opportunity for researchers at all career stages to consider ways to adapt their research designs and methods to respond to these conditions. The panelists will cover a variety of research methods, including qualitative fieldwork, experiments and survey research. As well as offering brief presentations from panelists, the webinar will be an opportunity for participants to exchange their knowledge and experiences. Participants will also be directed to resources that will assist them in adapting their research projects during the pandemic period.

Key Topics:

  1. Ways of adapting fieldwork to pandemic conditions
  2. Considerations for research design and data analysis
  3. Ethical concerns for researchers during COVID-19
  4. Useful resources on researching during COVID-19


  • Pervez Ghauri, University of Birmingham
  • Melanie Nind, University of Southampton
  • Amir Qamar, University of Birmingham


  • Ursula Ott, Nottingham Trent University


Pervez Ghauri (Panelist)

Ghauri photoPervez Ghauri completed his PhD at Uppsala University (Sweden) where he also taught for several years. Currently Pervez is Professor of International Business at University of Birmingham (UK). Pervez is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Business Review (IBR) and Consulting Editor for Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). Pervez is a Fellow for both the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and the Academy of International Business (AIB), where he was also Vice President between 2008 and 2010. Pervez has published 30 books including the best seller, Research Methods in Business Studies, now in 5th edition with Cambridge University Press. He has also published more than 100 articles in top level journals.

Melanie Nind (Panelist)

Nind photoMelanie Nind, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, is Professor of Education at the University of Southampton and Director of the Centre for Research in Inclusion in the Southampton Education School. Melanie is one of the co-directors of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods where she leads research on the pedagogy of research methods learning. She is currently Principal Investigator for the ESRC-founded project ‘Changing Research Practice: Undertaking social science research in the context of Covid-19’. Melanie edits the Bloomsbury Research Methods for Education book series.

Amir Qamar (Panelist)

Qamar photoAmir Qamar is Assistant Professor in Strategic Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK). His research interests include investigating multiplier effects within certain supply chains, the employment footprint of MNEs, ambidextrous production processes, R&D initiatives and productivity levels. Amir is also an Officer of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Research Methods Shared Interest Group (RM-SIG).

Ursula Ott (Moderator)

Ott photoUrsula F. Ott is the Head of the International Business, Strategy and Decision Making Research Centre at Nottingham Business School.
She has a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Vienna. Ursula Ott’s research and teaching interests comprise strategic and interactive decision making in international organisations, collaborative relationships across culture and international negotiations. Her publications appear as books and in leading journals (Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Journal of Business Research, International Business Review, Sociology, International Negotiations among others). She has won Prizes and Best Paper Awards at major international conferences for the analysis of international negotiations with a game theoretical and configurational approach. She is on the committee of the AIB Research Methods SIG and its Vice President for Webinars and PhD Programmes.