International Business

Our researchers are tackling a wide range of topics facing businesses in Australia and globally, with expertise spanning start-up and entrepreneurial firms, the challenges facing larger organisations around their strategy, efforts at building high performance work cultures, staying innovative, and competing successfully as international businesses.

Our Research

Firm Internationalisation

This area involves several projects:

Capability Formation in the New Firm

  • In this project, the formation of capabilities that enable new firms to enter markets overseas rapidly and then to accelerate their internationalization is revealed through empirical studies of early internationalizing firms in both Australia and in the United States. Large scale surveys have been conducted in Australia and the United States, and recently in Italy. This project was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant. A suite of manuscripts for journal submission are in progress.

Inertia in the Internationalization Process

  • This research enquires into the transition from state to changes aspects as originally theorized in the Uppsala internationalization process model. In the original formulation, the transition mechanism was risk reduction through experiential learning. An alternative mechanism through inertia is revealed in this project, with a refined internationalization process model presented.

The Impact of Cluster Location on Internationalization and Innovation

  • This project analyzes the innovation and internationalization performance of Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles (and related products and services) located within in the industrial district of Sassuolo – the centre of the Italian tile industry – with similar firms located in other regions. The aim is to determine what association, if any, can be established between ‘location’ and ‘performance’ in terms of innovation and internationalization.

Bringing Time Back into Process Research

In this project, the internationalization process of the firm is revisited with a view to bringing dynamism back into the process. While process was an original tenet of firm internationalization research, little progress has been made to capture the dynamics in this process. A special issue of Management International Review will call for papers on this topic with contributions from this research team, and co-edited by the team. This project follows from successful publication in the Journal of International Business Studies on qualitative research methods in international business.

International Business

This involves several projects:

National Culture Models

  • This research examines closely the two principal culture models authored by Hofstede and GLOBE. Our articles resolve apparent anomalies between dimensions of the same name in the two models and provide suggestions on the direction of future research using these dimensions. We have provided a critique of published explanations of the GLOBE practices and values scores relationships. Our current work explains the origins and significance of common but invalid cross level inferences made from the nation to individuals in culture literature. Publication success has been achieved with the Journal of International Business Studies.

N-Culturals

  • This research develops a more nuanced theory of the multicultural experience, coined N-Culturalism. It proposes that N-culturals are able to maintain salience of multiple cultures at varying strengths, thus functioning with multiple frameworks rather than switching frameworks. This research has implications for organizational behaviours in multicultural settings.

Inpatriation

  • This research area focuses on the globalisation phenomenon from a strategic global human resource management perspective. The aim is to explore staffing challenges encountered by inpatriate managers, a concept suggesting the transference of host- or third-country nationals to the home-country organization. Conceptual and theoretical works have contributed to our understanding of this relatively novel staffing trend.

Survival of Foreign R&D Units

  • Almost without exception, previous studies of foreign R&D in multinational companies have been based on cross-sectional data. On the basis of two such data bases, this project traces the survival of a large number of foreign R&D units over the last two decades. In addition to descriptive information on the long term development of these units, the project will develop and test through a set of hypotheses regarding factors affecting the hazard of their termination. The results will inform the debate regarding the effects of international mergers and acquisitions and provide input to our understanding of how MNCs manage international R&D activities.

Psychic Distance and Internal Trade

  • This research explores the relative importance of two types of impediments to international trade: those related to geographic distance, such as freight charges and other costs related to the movement of physical goods, and those related to ‘psychic distance’, such as the costs and difficulties of transferring and interpreting the information necessary to effect international transactions.
  • The project proceeds on the observation that psychic distance perceptions between countries are not symmetric and analyzes the impact of both exporters’ and importers’ perceptions on trade in different categories of goods based on data on bilateral trade between 25 major trading nations over the period 1962-2010.

Organization of the Modern MNE

  • In this project, the nature of the modern MNE is theorized. A concept, new to the literature has been introduced, the worldwide market for market transactions, to conceptualize the nature of the modern MNE. A recent publication in Management International Review has unveiled this concept and applied it to the outsourcing and offshoring phenomena.

Studies of the Evolution of the International Business Field

After a successful publication in the journal Scientometrics of an empirical study of the evolution of the international business field, this project will explore issues in the balance of trade in ideas as pertains to the international business field. The nature of IB as a storer of ideas, rather than a source of ideas, is being explored with empirical analysis of articles published in the field’s premier journal, Journal of International Business Studies.

 

Engagement

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Our research and accounting consulting expertise has already helped hundreds of organisations find solutions to their most pressing business problems. We are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate and continue to provide attainable outcomes to business and the community.

 

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Academic Experts

Alexandra Kriz

Alexandra Kriz

Lecturer

+61 7 336 56571

a.kriz@business.uq.edu.au

André Pekerti

André Pekerti

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Carl Smith

Carl Smith

Senior Lecturer

+61 7 336 52480

c.smith2@uq.edu.au

David W Parker

David W Parker

Senior Lecturer in Business Operations Management

Henry Xu

Henry Xu

Lecturer in International Business

+61 7 334 68135

H.Xu@business.uq.edu.au

Miriam Moeller

Miriam Moeller

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Peter Liesch

Peter Liesch

Professor of International Business | Discipline Leader - International Business

Sunil Venaik

Sunil Venaik

Associate Professor of International Business

Yunxia Zhu

Yunxia Zhu

Associate Professor in International Business

+61 7 334 68142

Y.Zhu@business.uq.edu.au

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