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International Business


International Business (IB) combines international expertise with the functional areas of General Management, emphasizing issues facing the multinational enterprise (MNE) and businesses engaged in dealings across national borders. The strength in this combination allows students to explore a deeper understanding of the cross-border intra- and inter-organizational relationships of the MNE, and incorporates a multi-level approach that also addresses the economic, institutional, sociocultural, and sociopolitical contexts in which the MNE is embedded.

The IB group at Ivey encourages students to engage with the academic community early, with many students attending (and presenting) at the Academy of International Business and Academy of Management Annual Meetings. Our students deliver high-quality materials and have recently been nominated for Best Paper Awards at: Association of Japanese Business Studies Annual Conference, Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Administrative Sciences of Canada Annual Conference, Academy of Management Annual Meeting and the Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference.

The IB group at Ivey consists of Paul Beamish, Klaus Meyer, Andreas Schotter, Vanessa Hasse and Chengguang Li. In recent work, though the common theme of international business unifies these colleagues, they draw on varied disciplinary bases to address issues of joint venturing, alliances, foreign direct investment, and doing business in emerging economies. Leveraging their diversity, the IB group is interested in understanding international business phenomena from a multi-level, multi-disciplinary perspective.

*Please note that IB is a stream under General Management

Areas of Research Focus

  • Joint venturing
  • Alliances
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Doing business in emerging economies

The IB group ranks among the world's top 10 IB departments in terms of impact and productivity, and regularly publishes in the field’s top journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

Program Requirements

Students have program requirements, put into place by the PhD office, and discipline requirements, which are governed by the student’s respective area group. On a case by case basis, some students may be able to waive out of particular required courses or substitute others. Such a course of action must be approved by the PhD director

All PhD students must complete the following requirements.

Discipline Requirements

To be completed before the comprehensive exam unless otherwise noted.


These milestones are designed to ensure students make forward progress. A student who does not achieve these milestones within the required timeline may have their funding partially or fully cut or be withdrawn from the program.

Discipline Coordinator

Klaus Meyer

Klaus E. Meyer is Professor of International Business at Ivey Business School. He joined in 2017 after six years at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Professor Meyer is a leading scholar in the field of international business conducting research on the strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs), especially foreign entry strategies, in emerging economies, especially Eastern Europe and East Asia. A central theme of his research is the influence of local contexts on the strategies and operations of MNEs operating in emerging economies. Recent work is investigating the strategies of MNEs originating from emerging economies, in particular China, and how their origins shape their international growth strategies.

He has published over 70 articles in leading scholarly journals, in particular in Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies, and he published seven books, including the textbook “International Business” (with Mike Peng, published by Cengage Learning, 2nd ed., 2016). He is serving as Area Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies since July 2016. In 2012-2014, he was Vice President of the AIB and chaired the 2014 AIB conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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