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Strategy & organisation International business

Our research focuses on how businesses of different sizes around the world survive, prosper, and expand internationally.

We have particular geographical expertise in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and multinational firms (MNEs) operating in emerging regions, including Africa, China, and post-Soviet Central Asia.

Our research covers a range of topics concerning international business including the internationalisation of SMEs and multinational enterprises from emerging economies (EMNEs), acquisition and post-acquisition strategies of EMNEs, the influence of institutional contexts on international expansion firms from transition economies, entrepreneurship survival and growth in challenging contexts, entrepreneurial activities at grass-root levels, the dynamics of management across cultures, processes and practices of international collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances, and trust building among collaborating partners.

Key themes

  • emerging & transition economies and their multinationals
  • small & medium enterprises in the global context
  • identity within international partnerships
  • FDI and international business strategy
  • internationalisation of firms via global value chains

Our areas of research  

  • Institutional approach to international business
  • Emerging and transition economies
  • Internationalisation of SMEs
  • Global Value Chains
  • Survival of entrepreneurial firms
  • Identity, leadership and trust in EMNEs 

Research group members  

Our PhD students

  • Etieno Enang 

Recent publications

Kevin Ibeh, Idika Awa, Dilshod Makhmadshoev, Nnamdi Madichie. “Nascent multinationals from West Africa: are their foreign direct investment motivations any different?”, International Marketing Review, forthcoming.

Mehmet Demirbag, Geoffrey Wood, Dilshod Makhmadshoev, Olga Rymkevich. (2017) “Varieties of CSR: Institutions and Socially Responsible Behaviour”, International Business Review, Vol.26, pp.1064-1074.

Sambajee Pratima (2016) “The dynamics of language and ethnicity in Mauritius”, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, Vol.16, pp.215-229.

Sambajee Pratima, Dhomun Mehdi Zulficar Azad (2015) “Government and SMEs in the Maldives and Mauritius”, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol.21, pp.778-795. 

Dilshod Makhmadshoev, Kevin Ibeh, K,  Mike Crone (2015) “Institutional influences on SME exporters under divergent transition paths: Comparative insights from Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic”, International Business Review, Vol.24, pp.1025-1038. 

Sambajee Pratima (2015) “Rethinking non-traditional resistance at work: the case of the Indian Diaspora in Mauritius”, Culture and Organisation, Vol.21, pp.386-408.

Ying Zhang (2015) “An empirical investigation of the role of e-communication in international collaborations”, in Handbook of Research on Global Supply Chain Management, Christiansen, B. (Ed.). Hershey, PA., p. 85-104.

Dilshod Makhmadshoev, Mike Crone (2014) “Exploring the Influence of the National Institutional Environment on SME Exporters: Comparative Evidence from Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.” In Thai, M.T.T. & Turkina, E. (Eds.), “Internationalization of Firms from Economies in Transition: The Effects of a Politico-Economic Paradigm Shift”, Edward Elgar.