Professor Agnieszka (Aggie) Chidlow

Professor Agnieszka (Aggie) Chidlow

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Chair in International Business

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University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Agnieszka is a Chair (Full Professor) in International Business, a former member of the Strategic Management Team (SMT) at Birmingham Business School and the first female Head of the Department of Strategy & International Business in the School. She is a panel member of the Accreditation of MBAs (AMBA), a Working Board Member of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) global network, Senior Editor of International Business Review and a member of several editorial boards of internationally recognized journals. She is also a frequent reviewer to leading international business and management journals, annual meetings of leading academic associations as well as various funding bodies. 

Agnieszka’s expertise is in examining the internationalisation processes and location strategies of firms. In addition to that her proficiency and interests is in methodological issues with a specific focus on using survey "big" data as well as the application of both responsible qualitative and quantitative methods in the international business and management scholarship and practice. By blending theoretical lenses and business models from international business, economic geography, management and strategy fields with computer sciences and data analytics, she helps and assists businesses, governmental organisations, charities, policy makers and individuals to better understand how to optimise decisions using credible, rigorous, replicable and trustworthy data and analytics to achieve higher returns and socially responsible outcomes.

Agnieszka has received numerous awards for her outstanding service to the academic community as well as her research (e.g., the Danny van Den Buckle Best Paper Award from the European International Business Academy). Her work has been published widely in various leading academic journals in the field of international business such as Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of World Business, Management International Review and International Business Review. She has extensive teaching and research experience by holding several teaching and visiting positions at various universities around the world (e.g., UK, USA, Sweden, Poland, Singapore and China) over two decades.

Agnieszka is recognised as an impact capacity builder and a promoter of knowledge exchange, engagement and impact due to strategic initiatives she has developed and lead nationally and internationally. For example, in 2016 she founded the Annual Strategy & International Business Symposium and in 2019 the Responsible Research Methods Symposium in the Department of Strategy & International Business at Birmingham Business School. In 2016, she co-founded the Academy of International Business (AIB) Research Methods–Shared Interest Group (RM-SIG) at the Academy of International Business (AIB). In 2020 she found the Responsible Research in Business and Management on Tour (RRBM on Tour) symposium at the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) global network. Such initiatives aim at advancing a critical and ethical understanding of what responsible science is so that credible and trustworthy knowledge is created to address problems important to business and society.

In addition to the strategic initiatives mentioned above, Agnieszka also actively leads and contributes to the development of her field as a Track-Chair, Session-Chair, Panel Chair and Keynote at national and international recognised conferences and various doctoral colloquiums of leading national and internationally recognised events in her field. 

Qualifications

  • PhD (International Business): Staffordshire University (UK)
  • MSc (Management and Marketing - Distinction): University of Szczecin (Poland)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCHE): Staffordshire University (UK)

Teaching

Agnieszka’s specialist teaching is in the areas of international business, strategy and research methodology to undergraduate and postgraduate students across different programs.

She has successfully supervised, taught and examined several PhD students. She has acted as an external examiner at University of Liverpool (UK) and University of Wolverhampton (UK) and the University of Wollongong, New South Wales (Australia).

Her pedagogical experiences in different countries (e.g. Poland, USA, UK, Singapore) and deep interests in high quality teaching and supervision spanning for over 2 decades allowed her to gain a broad pedagogical experience as well as an excellent understanding of the challenges facing Higher Education across different national environments.

She is Accreditation Assessor for the Association of MBAs (AMBAs) and is a working Board Member of the Responsible Research in Business and Management (RRBM) global network. 

Postgraduate supervision

Agnieszka has successfully supervised several PhD students to completion. She is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Internationalisation strategies of firms from/to emerging economies.
  • Location choices of firms with a focus on a sub-national level.
  • Determinants of re-location strategies for sustainable global value chains.
  • Digital globalisation and multinational firms.
  • The role of multinational companies for world sustainable development agenda.
  • Social justice and diversity strategies of firms. 
  • The impact of terrorist incidents and/or resilience on location choices of firms.
  • Language and multi-linguistic challenges in internationalisation strategies of firms.
  • Methodological issues in cross-country research.
  • Ethical and governance data issues in cross-country research.
  • The role and impact of big data/AI on data collection and decision making.

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Aggie on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: a.chidlow@bham.ac.uk.  

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme.

Research

As an academic Professor, Agnieszka is interested in examining the internationalisation processes and location strategies of firms. In addition to that she is also interested in methodological issues with a specific focus on using survey "big" data as well as the application of both responsible qualitative and quantitative methods in the international business and management scholarship and practice. In doing so, she does not only study how decision-makers undertake their investment and organisational preferences in different national and international markets at supra-national, national and sub-national levels but also what type of data they use to make such decisions in order to maximise their returns. 

By blending theoretical lenses and business models from international business, economic geography, management and strategy fields with computer sciences and data analytics she aims to help and assist businesses, governmental organisations, charities, policy makers and individuals to better understand how to optimise decisions using credible, rigorous, replicable and trustworthy data to achieve higher returns and socially responsible outcomes. By publishing in the leading peer reviewed academic outlets, she has a nationally and internationally recognised reputation as a senior researcher. 

Also, by being an invited professor and scholar in the USA, Europe and Asia and by presenting at national and international conferences, research events as well as developing innovative symposiums to promote impactful research, she is  recognised and highly regarded as an impact capacity builder and a promoter of knowledge exchange, engagement and impact in relation to what responsible science is so that credible and trustworthy knowledge is created to address problems important to business and society.

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