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International Business


Expertise of research area
acquisition; business; culture; development; evolution; foreign direct investment; globalisation; international; multinational; strategy

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As a world-leading centre for international business, we produce outstanding and impactful research. <br /> <br /> Drawing upon our research and scholarship, we provide students an exceptional educational experience, offering skills and capabilities for competing in the global economy. <br /> <br /> Our research and teaching add continuous and sustainable value to business and society.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<h5><strong>Research proposals</strong></h5> <p>The International Business Department within Leeds University Business School is interested in receiving proposals in the following areas of research:</p> <p>&nbsp;&ndash; The Global Factory in the World Economy - tests of the conceptual structure.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Foreign direct investment in China - strategies and impact.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Foreign direct investment in India - opportunities and constraints.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Testing international business theory to explain patterns of outward foreign direct investment from emerging countries.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The internationalisation of developing country firms, especially Chinese and Indian multinational enterprises (MNEs).<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Issues of economic development and the role of the private sector in reducing poverty.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The impact of home country incentives on the internationalisation of firms and the mediating role of institutions on international business activity.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;International mergers and acquisitions.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The role of R&amp;D internationalisation in explaining performance outcomes.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The determinants of innovation performance in developing economies.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Open innovation in the global economy: Exploiting the scientific knowledge of others.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The role of technology and R&amp;D management practices in enhancing performance.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The protection and management of intellectual property and other intangible assets across national borders.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The impact of climate change on international business strategies.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The role of international business and sustainable development.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Geographic areas of interest: European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, the BRICs (Brazil, Russia and China) and other emerging markets.<br /> &nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Supranational organisations, country alliances and international trade and investment.</p> <h5>Department and research centre further reading:</h5> <p><a href="">Leeds University Business School International Business Department</a></p> <p><a href="">Centre for International Business</a>&nbsp;(CIBUL)</p> <p><a href="">Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds</a>&nbsp;(BICUL)</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made&nbsp;<a href="">online</a>. Please state clearly the department and research centre you are interested in on the&nbsp;<a href="">locating your research</a>&nbsp;form.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Leeds University Business School minimum&nbsp;<a href="">English language requirements</a>.</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p>

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<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e: <a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 4596.</p>

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