Professor Peter Liesch
Peter Liesch
Professor of International Business | Discipline Leader - International Business
  • PhD, Economics (The University of Queensland)
  • MEcon, Economics (The University of New England)
  • PGAgEcon, Agricultural Economics (The University of New England)
  • BBus, Economics (Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education)
+61 7 334 68174
Room 532, Joyce Ackroyd Building, St. Lucia Campus

    Professor Liesch researches the processes and nature of the internationalisation of the firm, both large and small firms. He also investigates the nature of international business operations abroad, from export through to wholly-owned subsidiaries. The manner in which interfirm and intrafirm exchange is undertaken through these international operations is part of his research.

    Peter Liesch is Professor of International Business and Leader of the Enterprise and International Business Cluster. He joined The University of Queensland in 1999 after several years at The University of Tasmania where he was Professor of Management in International Business and Head of the School of Management. At The University of Queensland, he has served as Head of the previous, pre-merger School of Management and Director of the MBA Program.

    His Ph.D in Economics, written on the topic of government mandated-countertrade, was awarded by The University of Queensland. He has a book by this title. He has published many book chapters, and widely in the academic journals which include: Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Management Studies, Management International Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Prometheus, Industrial Marketing Management, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Innovation Management, International Marketing Review and others. Professor Liesch serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of International Management.

    He is a Professional Member of the Economic Society of Australia (Qld. Inc) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. His primary research interests include: internationalisation of the firm (particularly the smaller firm), alternative systems of inter-firm exchange, and international business operations in their diversity, both their strategies and organisational forms. He has interests in research methodology. Professor Liesch is a CI on a current ARC Discovery Grant researching the early and rapid internationalisation of the firm, the so-called born global phenomenon. Professor Liesch has served on many university committees, and is a current member of The University of Queensland Standing Committee of its Academic Board.

    Research interests

    International business
    Institutional logics; Internationalisation of small firms; The pre-internationalisation process; Globalisation and its measurement; Early and rapid internationalisation; Platforming for deepened internationalisation in early internationalising firms; Internationalisation and performance; Uncertainty and internationalisation; Markets for transactions; Knowledge flows and worldwide interconnectedness; Organised international terrorism and international firm decision making


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    • Academy of Management 2001-
    • Australia - New Zealand International Business Academy 1998-
    • New York Academy of Sciences 1994-1999
    • American Marketing Association 1993-
    • International Trade and Finance Association 1991-2000
    • Academy of International Business 1991-
    • Academy of Marketing Science 1993-2001
    • Pan Pacific Business Association 1989-1997
    • Australian Countertraders Association 1988-2001
    • Economic Association of Australia 1986-
    • Australian Institute of Management 1995-


    1996 Professional Member of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland) Inc. (PMESA)
    1996 Fellow of Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)
    1989 University of Southern Queensland Award for Excellence in Research
    1980 High commendation for Masters thesis from the Australian Agricultural Economics Society
    1976 Commonwealth Postgraduate Award
    1970-71 Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd Scholarship

    Major research grants

    Title Agency Year Amount
    Platforming for Deepened Internationalisation and Value Appropriation (with Weerawardena). Australian Business Foundation 2006-2007 $43,000
    A Study of Dynamic Capabilities in Australian and US Born Global Firms (with Weerawardena, Mort Knight). ARC Discovery Grant 2005-2007 $160,000