• Yves Gendron Université Laval Québec City (Québec) Canada G1V 0A6



This essay develops the argument that the wind of “internationalization” threatens the contextuality and meaningfulness of qualitative accounting research, especially when internationalization implies researchers from non-anglophone institutions considering or being required to publish their work in highly ranked, English-speaking journals. I maintain that the threats of internationalization operate through three de-contextualization processes – linguistic, cultural, and epistemological. Qualitative researchers may wish to be careful before jumping on the internationalization bandwagon as internationalization carries a significant risk – that of downplaying or marginalizing certain ways of speaking, thinking, investigating, and writing. Ultimately, I make several tentative suggestions that might help to keep internationalization under surveillance and, perhaps, mitigate its negative effects on the contextuality of qualitative research endeavors.

Author Biography

Yves Gendron, Université Laval Québec City (Québec) Canada G1V 0A6

Yves Gendron, Ph.D.
Faculté des sciences de l’administration
Pavillon Palasis-Prince
2325, rue de la Terrasse
Local 2636
Université Laval
Québec City (Québec)
Canada G1V 0A6
Tel: 418 656 2131 ext. 402431


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