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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, Shih-Fen Chen, Klaus Meyer, Jean-Louis Schaan, and Andreas Schotter. 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.

Post-graduate Opportunities

IB is one of five possible specializations within Ivey’s General Management PhD program. The IB specialization is designed for those interested in pursuing academic careers at top business schools in International Business, Strategy, or Management departments.

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

Jean-Louis Schaan

Prior to joining Ivey, he was Director of the University of Ottawa's Executive MBA Program. Professor Schaan has had a 20-year career at the University of Ottawa as a professor and as an administrator. He has taught in all academic programs, has managed the School's Management section and run the bilingual International MBA Program. Professor Schaan started his academic career at the School of Business at Queen's University.

Professor Schaan holds a Ph.D. in strategic management from the Ivey Business School at Western University and an MBA from the School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He is a graduate from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).

He has won teaching awards at both Ivey and the University of Ottawa.

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