International Business, Strategy and Innovation
- Head of Research: Dr Mayasandra-Nagaraja Ravishankar
- Email: M.N.Ravishankar@lboro.ac.uk
- Tel: +44 (0)1509 228823
- About us
- Group members
- Our research
- Research students
The International Business, Strategy and Innovation group comprises of teachers and researchers whose work draws on multiple disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology and political science. The group is committed to the advancement of world-class management scholarship and to the development of ideas that will help managers make better sense of some of the most complex problems of globalisation and the technology revolution.
Our members have published widely on issues related to knowledge spillovers and transfers, corporate governance, executive compensation, entrepreneurship in emerging markets, labour mobility and economic growth, global sourcing of work, management of information technology, organizational culture and identity, power asymmetries in MNCs, managerial cognition, and intercultural encounters in globally distributed organizations.
Group members’ research has appeared in world-leading scholarly journals such as Research Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business History, Journal of World Business and Journal of Information Technology. Reflecting its eclectic disciplinary base, the group’s approach to empirical inquiry cover a diverse range of methods, from mathematical modelling and simulations at one end to case studies and ethnographies at the other.
- Research Fellows
- Visiting Academics
Dr Lan Gao
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Foreign Direct Investment from Emerging Economies; Cross-border Knowledge Transfer; Internationalisation Performance of Firms from Emerging Economies, with a particular focus on China; Human Mobility and MNEs
Professor Xiahui Liu,
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The Role of Foreign Direct Investment; Multinational Firms from Emerging
Economies; International Technology Spillovers; Human Capital Mobility with special reference to China
- Dr Jiangyong Lu is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China.
- Professor Enjun Xia is a Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology.
- Our Research
The following is an illustrative list of research interests organised loosely into the three thematic clusters:
Corporate governance and internationalisation; Human mobility and International knowledge spillovers; Executive pay practices; Returnee entrepreneurs; Foreign market entry; Performance of Chinese high-tech firms; International negotiations; Cross-cultural management and teams
Global sourcing strategies; Strategic management of information technology; Culture, identity and strategy; Strategy planning and implementation; Organising for virtual work; Institutions and firms in emerging markets; Managing globalisation in India and China; International team-work
Social Entrepreneurship; Strategy and social media; Outsourcing of Innovation; Innovation in management education; Enterprise and innovation; Innovation in high-tech firms; Technology start-ups; Public-sector innovations.
- International activities
- Journal Editorships
Professor Xiaohui Liu is the Vice President of the Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe).
Professor Xiaohui Liu is President of the Chinese Economic Association (UK) from 04/2008, and she has organised two CEA conferences: the 19th CEA Annual Conference, Cambridge University, April 2008 and a joint conference of the CEA and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, September 2008
Dr Ravishankar Mayasandra is Associate Editor of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2010 and Associate Editor of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) 2010.
Dr Ravishankar Mayasandra was a guest speaker at the ESRC centre for socio-cultural change: Workshop on Gender, Service Work and the Cultural Economy, University of Manchester, UK, Feb 2008.
Professor Ilan Oshri is the Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology
Dr Xiaohui Liu is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.
Professor Xiaohui Liu and Professor Trevor Buck (with Xiaohui Liu, Y. Wei and Xiaming Liu) won the Best Competitive Paper prize at the Academy of International Business (AIB) UK and Ireland (UKI) conference, Bath University, 2005, ‘The Trade Development Path and Export Spillovers in China: A Missing Link?’
Dr Amon Chizema won the Michael Z Brooke Prize for the best doctoral dissertation at the AIB (UKI) conference in 2006, awarded at Manchester University
Dr Angelika Zimmermann, Professor Xiaohui Liu and Professor Trevor Buck won theBest Competitive Paper prize at the AIB (UKI) conference, Portsmouth University, 2008, ‘Employee Tenure in China: Comparing Foreign Joint Ventures’
PhD candidate Sigrun Wagner was awarded the Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize for the Most Original New Work at the Doctoral Colloquium of the AIB (UKI) conference at Portsmouth University, 2008
- Current PhD Students
- Recent PhD Graduates
- Thinking of doing a PhD?
Current PhD Students
Darwina Ahmad Arshad (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Paul Hughes and Prof Trevor Buck) ‘Strategic Improvisation and Malaysian High-Tech Firms’
Ou Dai (FT, Supervisor Prof Xiaohui Liu) ‘Returning Entrepreneurs and their Role in Technology Transfer and Internationalisation’
Andrei Gurca (FT, Supervisor Dr M.N. Ravishankar) ‘The Influence of Internet-Enabled Technologies on Customer Agility: A Strategic-Cognitive Perspective’
Xiaoti Hu (FT, Co-supervisors Dr Regina Frank and Dr Angelika Zimmermann) “Social Entrepreneurship in China”
Abd Rahim Jaguli (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Ursula Ott and Prof Xiaohui Liu) ‘FDI and Technology Spillovers in Malaysia’
Lianghui Lei (FT, supervisor Dr. Ursula F. Ott) 'The Impact of Regional Differences on Sino-Western Negotiations'
Ramya Parthasarathy (FT, Supervisor Angelika Zimmermann) ‘Global talent management systems in Indian firms’
Lee Staley (FT, co-supervisor Dr. Ursula F. Ott and Prof. Jim Saker) 'The Strategic Role of International Joint Ventures in the Automotive Industry'
Recent PhD Graduates
Dr Cynthia Akwe ‘The Process of Creating Dynamic Capabilities’
Marc Bollbach (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Angelika Zimmermann and Dr. Nicola Bateman) ‘Country-specific Barriers to Implementing Lean Production in China’
Dr Yi Yin Chang ‘HRM Strategies and Emerging Economies’ MNCs in the UK - The Case of Taiwanese MNCs in the UK’
Dr Amon Chizema ‘Neo-Institutional Theory and German Executive Stock Options’
Dr Jay Fattorusso ‘Executive Pay and UK Firm Performance’
John Fitzakerley (PT, Co-Supervisors Profs Trevor Buck and Geoff Chivers) ‘Railway Safety’
Dr Ian Hodgkinson ‘Strategies in Local Authority Leisure Suites’
Trien Le Vinh (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Amon Chizema and Prof Trevor Buck) ‘Chinese Privatization: State Ownership and Firm Performance’
Sigrun Wagner (FT, Co-supervisors Dr Ursula Ott and Prof Malcolm Hill) ‘Political strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) across the European Union and its Member States, with a special focus on Environmental Regulations’
Thinking of doing a PhD?
The International Business, Strategy and Innovation Group can offer qualified PhD supervision in a number of areas:
- Globalisation, Offshoring, Outsourcing, Emerging Technology, or Management
Contact: Ilan Oshri
- The internationalisation of Chinese firms; the role of FDI; human mobility and technology spillovers; innovation and channels for international technology spillovers with special reference to China.
Contact: Xiaohui Liu
- International corporate governance
Contact: Amon Chizema
- International joint ventures. Game theory and international business
Contact: Ursula Ott
- Globalisation and India; Culture and Strategy; Offshore outsourcing
Contact: M.N. Ravishankar
- Outsourcing Contracts; Governance and Control in IT outsourcing
Contact: Eleni Lioliu
- Strategic planning and improvisation; Ambidextrous strategies; Middle managers and strategy; Product-strategy in high-tech industries
Contact: Ian Hodgkinson
- Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan contexts; Institutions and entrepreneurship; Chinese entrepreneurs
Contact: Regina Frank
- Enterprise and innovation management; Innovation in health-care; Entrepreneurship and higher education
Contact: Julie Holland
- International teams, Expatriate adjustment, Human resource management in China
Contact: Angelika Zimmermann
The group welcomes applications from suitably qualified graduates, particularly those with a relevant Masters degree. For students interested in further information on potential PhD projects and supervisors, please look carefully through our webpages.