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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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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

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.

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<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>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</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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