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Research and teaching in the Department of Department of Strategy and International Business (SIB) reflects the multidisciplinary background of its membership, and encompasses a wide range of issues and themes in management and business studies.
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Research undertaken in SIB covers four broadly defined areas:
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
Specific research areas include: company self-regulation in global supply chains, corporate reputation, environmental management, fair-trade, international framework agreements (IFAs), labour codes of conduct, stakeholder management.
Internationalisation and China
Specific research areas include: cross-cultural management, global strategic alliances, internationalisation of SMEs, risk perception and governance of international strategic alliances, social capital and internationalisation of firms.
Knowledge and Innovation
Specific research areas include: global innovation strategies, knowledge flows in and between enterprises, knowledge-intensive business, national systems of innovation and emerging economies, R&D and knowledge management in multinational firms, regional and local economic change.
Resilience and Extreme Events
Specific research areas include: business flood recovery and preparedness, cyber-security, organisational and inter-organisational resilience, the implications of social media for emergency management.
Current SIB projects include:
“The Summer after the Floods’ (ESRC), Brammer and Branicki
This research brings together a multi-disciplinary team drawn from business and management studies, human geography and environmental science to examine the 2013/14 UK floods. By bringing together three distinct theoretical lenses (i.e. business resilience, social justice and hydrological characterisation), the project seeks to gain a fuller and more nuanced understanding of the ways in which communities, businesses and policy makers are recovering from recent floods and are preparing to reduce the impacts of future flood events.
‘West Midlands Regional Economy: Enhancing Development and Managing Risk for a Sustainable Future’ (MidEx), Bryson and Mulhall
The research explores the developing structure of the regional economy by identifying the enablers, barriers and blockages to business competitiveness with a specific focus is the adaptation to escalating energy costs and climate change. The project will identify suitable interventions that can be implemented at the macro and micro level for organisational improvement.
‘The Internationalization of SMEs – Learning from Experience in Different Countries’ (ESRC and British Academy), Child and Hsieh
Focusing on the challenges, experiences and policies of small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] that are expanding their business to foreign markets, this research project is a comparative investigation into the internationalization of SMEs from nine countries: China, Denmark, Egypt, India, Jordan, Poland, Taiwan, UAE and the UK. The project is being undertaken by an international team and will involve some 200 SMEs, each located in one of three sectors: biotechnology, clothing and software development.
Potential PhD interest areas
SIB group members consistently publish in journals ranked as 4* world leading and 3* internationally excellent by the Association of Business Schools. These journals include Environment and Planning (A, C, and D), Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Organization Studies, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, and Work Employment and Society.
SIB members collaborate with partners nationally and internationally on a wide range of research projects including: Institute of Research in Economics and Business Administration, Bergen (Designing Competitiveness), Aston University (Organisational Resilience), Imperial, Lancaster University, Manchester University, UEL (Game Theory and Adaptive Networks for Smart Evacuations), Sun Yat-Sen University, Oxford Brookes University, Qatar University, University of Aalborg, China-Europe International Business School, Shanghai (The Internationalization of SMEs – Learning from Experience in Different Countries).
Associated Research Centres and Clusters
Members of the SIB Department are actively involved in the following research units, clusters and centres:
Members of the SIB Department make major contributions to the teaching and leadership of the Business School’s teaching programmes, in both Birmingham and Singapore.
Professor Derek Condon is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes and directs The Birmingham MBA in Singapore, Professor John Bryson directs the Executive MBA, Dr Chris Collinge directs the Business Administration Graduate Diplomaand Dr Mike Kennard directs the MSc in Management (with Specialist Pathways in Strategy and Entrepreneurship & Innovation).
Professor of Strategy
Stephen Brammer is Professor of Strategy at Birmingham Business School. His main research interests are corporate responsibility, business ethics, and reputation management. Specifically, his research explores firm-stakeholder relationships, the strategic management of these, and their impacts upon company performance and reputation. His research has been widely published in leading ...
Lecturer in Strategy and International Business
Prior to joining Birmingham Business School Layla was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Strategy, Organisational Learning and Resilience Research Unit at Warwick Business School. Layla has won research grants from the Institute of Advanced Studies (Warwick), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
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John's research is motivated by a desire to understand and explain the complex ways in which production is organized through space and in place and via a variety of forms of enterprise.
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Professor of Commerce
John Child is Professor of Commerce at the University of Birmingham, UK, Professor of Management at Plymouth University, and Visiting Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the British Academy of Management. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy [FBA]. In 2012 he ...
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Regional and local economic change, with particular reference to the emergence of regional knowledge economies in a cross-national context
Evolving patterns of public sector governance, strategy and leadership, as between markets, hierarchies, groups and decentred networks
- Issues in the ...
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Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
Professor of International Business and Corporate Governance
Derek is the Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes for Birmingham Business School with responsibility for postgraduate taught programmes in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Previously he was the Assistant Dean for Executive Masters Programmes at Warwick Business School. Derek teaches postgraduate International Business and Corporate Governance modules.
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Lecturer in International Business
Linda is a lecturer in International Business, joined University of Birmingham in September 2008, having previously worked as a lecturer in International Business and then senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University (09/2005-09/2008).
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Senior Lecturer: Strategy and Innovation
Mike joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Innovation. As part of this role his remit is to develop the Business School’s Executive Education programme.
He started his career in 1995 with Rolls-Royce plc where he worked for 11 years in various technology management positions. In 2006 Mike was awarded a scholarship to ...
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The knowledge economy particularly as related to inter-organisational networks and the connection to producer and consumer markets
- The automotive industry and its evolution particularly in respect of the development of new innovation models and the role of policy and regulation in furthering innovation ...
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Midlands Excellence Organisational Improvement Programme (MidEx)
Rachel joined the Business School in 2013 following the completion of her PhD at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science at the University. Rachel is currently working on the Midlands Excellence Organisational Improvement Programme as a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator.
Rachel has a cross-disciplinary background in physical and human geography ...
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Senior Teaching Fellow
Director of the MSc IB (Singapore)
Nick Potter was Group Development Manager for Smiths Crisps and Tudor Foods until 1980 and then Managing Director of the PCS Group until 1993, during which time he also completed an MBA at Birmingham. He has taught on a range of post graduate programmes since 1993 and combines this with his work as a consultant, facilitating strategy formulation at board level. From 1997 to 2000 he was a ...
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Lecturer in International Business and innovation
Paulina joined Birmingham University in August 2005. Before coming to Birmingham University she worked as Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) at the National University of Ireland - Galway and Research Associate at UMIST and the University of Sheffield.
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Lecturer in Comparative Employment Relations
Pamela joined University of Birmingham in January 2010. Before coming to the Business School she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Relationships Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University.
Previously employed in the retail sector in a number of senior management ...
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Chair in International Business (part time)
Professor Shenkar has conducted research in international business for twenty five years, starting with his doctoral dissertation on the Chinese bureaucracy which involved work with the department of Sociology and the East-Asian Institute in addition to the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He has published numerous books (the most recent, The Chinese Century, has been ...