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International Business group

The International Business (IB) group at Said Business School aims to advance our understanding of business in a semi-globalized world. As such, faculty, doctoral students, and associate fellows carry out pioneering research on global issues facing both established and entrepreneurial firms, including global value chains, make-or-buy decisions, technological upgrading, innovation, global entrepreneurship, political risk, and government-industry relations (including corporate diplomacy).

Our approach to International Business is marked by an emphasis on the interaction between business strategy and government strategy.  Whilst the study of IB is multidisciplinary touching all management functions including strategy, the disciplinary bases of the core IB group are in political science and economics.  We employ a wide range of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, but our strength lies in in-depth hands-on fieldwork in a variety of sectors in manufacturing and services, in various country locations.  To study business-government interactions, we are guided by institutional analysis in comparative political economy, to identify how businesses contribute to creating and changing the ‘rules of the game’ in international business.

We publish in leading academic journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, and World Development. We hold or have recently held leadership positions in major international conferences and professional associations, including the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE).  Faculty members hold editorial board memberships in a range of journals, regularly give keynote speeches at academic and industry conferences, undertake consultancy, and teach on custom and open courses for senior executives and professionals. We are active in both degree programmes and executive education (see below for details). 

Our doctoral students contribute to both research and teaching and we encourage doctoral student applications from those who wish to become research leaders in our academic fields.