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International Business

Why should we care about International Business?

Intensifying globalization has unveiled growing business challenges as cultural, economic, institutional and political differences across markets become ever more exposed. International Business examines how such differences affect firms and how multinational corporations shape local and global contexts. This is essential to our understanding of why and how organizations succeed or fail in the global marketplace.

  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    Research and Ph.D., Masters (Research) and Honours supervision in the discipline of International Business cover areas such as:

    • International Expansion, Divestment and Restructuring
    • Internationalisation Process
    • International Entrepreneurship
    • Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets
    • Corporate Social Responsibility for Global Business
    • International Finance
  • ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
    Dr Dirk Boehe
    Dr Dirk Boehe

    Dr Dirk Boehe's research interests include international diversification and divestment, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance in emerging markets.

    Chris Graves
    Dr Chris Graves

    Dr Chris Graves specializes on the internationalization of family firms.

    Dr Olga Muzychenko
    Dr Olga Muzychenko

    Dr Olga Muzychenko's research interests include Cross-Cultural Management, International Entrepreneurship and International Business.

    Professor Alfred Yawson
    Professor Alfred Yawson

    Professor Alfred Yawson's research interests include international business finance and international strategic alliances.

    Professor Ralf Zurbrugg
    Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

    Professor Zurbrugg's has an interest in how corporate governance and business structure affects firm value, performance and strategy.

  • PhD, MPhil Student ResearchersEnquire about joining the group
    Kechen Dong

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    PhD topic: "International Opportunity Exploitation for Entrepreneurial ventures".

    Supervisors: Olga Muzychenko, Noel Lindsay

    Kechen Dong
    Kristin Hah

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    PhD topic: "Multinational Enterprises and their overseas CSR engagement".

    Supervisors: Dirk Boehe, Sam Wells

    Kristin Hah
    Nurul Efifi Mohamad Ngasri

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    PhD topic: "Entrepreneurial network configuration post-entry by internationalising emerging market SMEs".

    Supervisors: Chris Medlin, Allan O'Connor

    Nurul Efifi Mohamad Ngasri
    Yu Chen

    PhD topic: "The Development of Transnational Activities by Immigrant Entrepreneurship".

    Supervisors: Allan O’Connor, Gary Hancock

    Yu Chen
    Youngshin Woo

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    MPhil topic: Presidential Election and the Impact of Corporate Political Ties on FDI. Evidence from South Korea.

    Supervisors: Dirk Boehe, Ryan Tang

    Zhengyi Zhao

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    PhD topic: Organizational complexity and opaqueness of multinational enterprises.

    Supervisors: Dirk Boehe, Alfred Yawson, Ralf Zurbrugg


    We are actively seeking prospective PhD students to study with us and contribute to our understanding of this important field.

  • Completed PhD, MPhil DegreesView research topics
    Limin Fu

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    PhD topic: "Corporate Social Inconsistency around the world".

    Supervisors: Dirk Boehe, Marc Orlitzky

    Limin Fu
    Ngoc Hanh Thi Tran

    MPhil topic: "Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance in emerging economies".

    Supervisors: Dirk Boehe, Ralf Zurbrugg

    Ngoc Hanh Thi Tran
  • Current Research ProjectsUndertaken by the group
    EU Center Research Project

    A major theme for exploration within this framework will include research on trade and how companies may more successfully enter countries, with particular focus in the commercial sphere on analysing how corporate governance and the adoption of EU corporate governance rules would result in benefits, and how the process of adoption may best be approached. This would support benefits from the potential transfer of EU intellectual property in corporate governance to new territories and facilitation of business resulting from improved corporate and regulatory environments in the Asia Pacific. --> More information  --> Interactive Data

    This is a joint project conducted by Prof. Ralf Zurbrugg (School of Accounting and Finance) and Dirk Boehe (School of Management and Marketing).

  • Links to our ProgramsUndergradute & Postgraduate programs available

    The International Business Discipline at The University of Adelaide offers the following undergraduate and postgraduate programs:

    * The Master of International Business offers international double degree programs with the University of Strasbourg (France) and Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany).

  • JobsResearch & teaching

    We are looking for applicants who are team players and self-motivated:

    • Research Assistant
      We are looking for people interested in working on large scale databases and statistical data analysis.
    • Casual Lecturer in International Business
      We are looking for passionate instructors with solid conceptual knowledge in international business, strategy, corporate governance and related fields.
    • Tutor in International Business
      We are looking for passionate people with solid conceptual knowledge in international business or related fields.

    Interested candidates should send their detailed CV and supporting documents by e-mail.

  • External CollaboratorsExplore opportunities for industry and professional collaboration

    The University of Adelaide understands the importance of collaborative research and strong partnerships with industry and professionals in today's global market.

    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the Business School, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

    • Example 1 - External collaboration in teaching : X-Culture

      Our Master of International Business (MIB) students develop foreign market entry studies for existing or new products as part of their International Business Strategy course. This activity is organized together X-Culture and we welcome firms from Australia as external partners. As a partner you will receive a foreign market entry study and provide our students with input in regard to your preferred products and target markets.
    • Example 2 - Internship opportunities for our students

      We are happy to inform our students about internship (and other work placement) opportunities in the field of international business or related areas that your organization may provide. Our students come from diverse cultural backgrounds and their knowledge of overseas markets, cultures and languages is a strong asset.
    • Example 3 - Collaborative research projects

      The Australian Government funds collaborative research between industry and universities under the Linkage Grant scheme. Our interdisciplinary research team can provide valuable in-depth expertise to external partners.

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