About us

The International Business Group aims to advance understanding of business in a semi-globalised world.

We conduct pioneering research addressing pressing global issues, such as sustainability and labour standards in global value chains, innovation in emerging markets, digital transformation (including the adoption of AI), and state capacity and governance. We take a distinct multi-level perspective to studying the political economy of international business, in order to understand system-level challenges and to identify policy options by analysing firm-level and higher-level drivers of change.

The group represents a cluster of researchers trained in political science and related social sciences, and is committed to empirically grounded research using mixed methods. We collaborate with colleagues within the business school, other Oxford departments (notably political science, law, and economics) and in international locations.

    Research

    Research

    The group conduct pioneering research on global issues facing established and entrepreneurial firms, including global value chains, make-or-buy decisions, technological upgrading, innovation and global entrepreneurship, political risk and government-industry relations (including corporate diplomacy).

     

    Publications

    True Motives: Prosocial and Instrumental Justifications for Behavioral Change in Organizations

    Journal article  |  Management Science  | 
    • MATTHEW AMENGUAL,
    • Evan Apfelbaum
    International Business

    The Social Determinants of Enforcement: Integrating Politics with Limited State Capacity(opens in new window)

    Chapter  |  The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America  | 
    • MATTHEW AMENGUAL,
    • Eduardo Dargent
    International Business

    WHEN SUPPLIERS SHIFT MY BOUNDARIES: SUPPLIER EMPLOYEE MOBILITY AND ITS IMPACT ON BUYER FIRMS’ SOURCING STRATEGY

    Journal article  |  Strategic Management Journal  | 
    • MARI SAKO,
    • George Chondrakis
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
    Professional Service Firms
    • M Sako
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
    Professional Service Firms
    • John Armour,
    • M Sako
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
    Professional Service Firms
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