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 presenting their work at the Academy of International Business and Academy of Management Annual Conferences. Our students deliver high-quality research that has frequently been recognized in leading dissertation award competitions, including those presented by the Academy of Management IM Division, the Academy of International Business, and the European International Business Academy. Ivey’s IB area group’s PhD graduates are frequent winners or finalists of these awards.
PhD students regularly co-author with senior scholars in the IB group, and their papers frequently receive 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.
Our current IB group at Ivey consists of Paul Beamish, Klaus Meyer, Andreas Schotter, Vanessa Hasse, and Daniel Andrews. Though the common theme of IB unifies these colleagues, they draw on varied disciplinary bases to address issues of joint venturing, alliances, foreign direct investment, managing subsidiaries of the multinational, and boundary spanning leadership. They are in particular studying these themes in emerging economies, including multinational enterprises originating from emerging economies. Leveraging their diversity, the IB group is interested in understanding IB phenomena from a multi-level and multi-disciplinary perspective. The International Business Institute supports this research.
On December 3-4, 2021, Ivey’s IB group will host the Academy of International Business Canada Chapter conference. This year’s conference theme is “Managing the multinational and its subsidiaries in a turbulent world”. Current PhD students are encouraged to actively partake in this event, including participation in the paper development workshop.
*Please note that IB is a stream under General Management
Areas of Research Focus
- Strategies and performance of international joint ventures
- Management of international alliances
- Motives and strategies of foreign direct investment
- Managing subsidiaries of multinational enterprises
- 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 Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.
PhD Student 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 IB, Strategy, or Management departments.
The IB group welcomes applications from qualified candidates that are interested in conducting research into themes related to their research interests.
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.
Dr. Liang (Arthur) Li (2021 PhD)
This dissertation, based on interviews with over 40 managers and longitudinal data from over 1,900 foreign subsidiaries, develops new insights regarding subsidiary general manager (GM) changes in multinational enterprises (MNEs)…. Read more about this thesis
Dr. Jianhua Jenny Zhu (2019 PhD)
This dissertation examines the characteristics and performance of non-traditional investment motives, with a secondary focus on small-employment subsidiaries. It also investigates how firms re-evaluate and change their organizational control after an industry-wide consumer confidence crisis…. Read more about this thesis
- Paul Beamish
Dr. Lucas Wang (2018 PhD)
This dissertation bridges the identified literature gaps by developing and testing two empirical models based on the pricing-error rule. According to this rule, only when share distribution of an EJV perfectly matches the two pricing errors will profit sharing to each partner fully offset the errors, which helps save the most on transaction costs…. Read more about this thesis
Dr. Maximilian Stallkamp (2018 PhD)
This dissertation contributes new insights to research on the internationalization of firms. Whereas prior research has focused mostly on the country as the main locational unit of analysis, I examine internationalization from both subnational and (supranational) regional perspectives. Moreover, I investigate the impact of digitalization on internationalization, by studying how ‘digital’ firms expand internationally.... Read more about this thesis
- Andreas Schotter
Dr. Dwarka Chakravarty (2018 PhD)
This dissertation examines the characteristics, profitability, and survival of multinational enterprise (MNE) foreign direct investment (FDI) in North American “global” cities (GCs), such as Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto. Across GCs and their metropolitan areas (Metros), MNEs often co-locate with their home country and co-industry peers in “co-ethnic” and “co-ethnic, co-industry” (CECI) clusters. Despite their substantial influence on the world economy GCs are relatively underexplored as location units of analysis in International Business (IB) research. Accordingly, I address three research questions.... Read more about this thesis
- Paul Beamish
Dr. Yamlaksira Getachew (2017 PhD)
This dissertation is motivated by two sets of research questions: (a) Whether, how, and when host-country market and institutional conditions have implications for the performance of foreign subsidiaries? And (b) Whether, how, and when investment purposes/motives for which foreign subsidiaries are established relate to the extent to which the subsidiaries/their parents overcome the hazards of or capitalize on the opportunities from operating in locations of high institutional voids?.... Read more about this thesis
- Paul Beamish