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.



    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).



    Global purchasing as labor regulation: the missing middle(opens in new window)

    Journal article  |  Industrial and Labor Relations Review  | 
    • Matthew Amengual,
    • G Distelhorst,
    • D Tobin
    International Business

    Firm-Level Strategy and Global Value Chains

    Chapter  |  Handbook on Global Value Chains  | 
    • Mari Sako,
    • Ezequiel Zylberberg
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
    Professional Service Firms

    When Global Technology Meets Local Standards: Reassessing the China’s Mobile Telecom Policy in the Age of Platform Innovation

    Chapter  | 
    • E Thun,
    • T Sturgeon
    International Business
    Mega Project Management

    Free trade in a digital world(opens in new window)

    Journal article  |  Communications of the ACM  | 
    • Mari Sako
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
    Professional Service Firms
    • Eric Thun
    International Business
    Mega Project Management
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    Class debate

    Members of the group teach on various programmes:

    Degree programmes

    Our academics teach Global Strategy on:

    They also contribute to the Economics and Management degree.

    Other programmes

    Members of the group also contribute to: