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International Business

PGR-RA-33

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


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

As a world-leading centre for international business, we produce outstanding and impactful research. Drawing upon our research and scholarship, we provide students an exceptional educational experience, offering skills and capabilities for competing in the global economy. 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 Division 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>Division and research centre further reading:</h5> <p><a href="http://business.leeds.ac.uk/divisions-international-business">Leeds University Business School International Business Division</a></p> <p><a href="http://business.leeds.ac.uk/research-cibul">Centre for International Business</a>&nbsp;(CIBUL)</p> <p><a href="http://confucius.leeds.ac.uk/">Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds</a>&nbsp;(BICUL)</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made&nbsp;<a href="https://business.leeds.ac.uk/research-degrees-apply/doc/apply-4">online</a>. Please state clearly the division and research centre you are interested in on the&nbsp;<a href="https://business.leeds.ac.uk/research-degrees-apply/doc/locate-research">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="http://business.leeds.ac.uk/research-degrees-apply/doc/entry-requirements-4">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>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

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


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