Professor Marian Jones

  • Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship (Management)


Enthusiasm for cross-cultural education, international business and travel is at the core of Marian Jones’ research and teaching career that began in Kwekwe Technical College in Zimbabwe, extended to appointments in Strathclyde International Business Unit, and the University of Glasgow and includes numerous international engagements. Her research on the internationalisation of high technology small firms has been widely published in internationally recognized journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of International Marketing, and has won awards such as the Hans B. Thorelli Award for contribution to theory. Among her publishing credits she was founding co-editor of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship.

She has developed strong links throughout the academic community in the United Kingdom and abroad, and has acted as external or public examiner of doctoral theses for London Business School, the University of Manchester, Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, and Helsinki University of Science and Technology. She has been invited to contribute to colloquia and plenary sessions on international entrepreneurship at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University; Penn State University; Charleston, USA; the University of Vaasa, Finland; and similar events at Turku, Finland; Quebec City, Canada; Munich, Germany; and Chiang Mai, Thailand. She is contributing to collaborative research, with Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, and is an international advisor on collaborative projects between the latter university and Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Previously, as Director of post-graduate research degrees at the University of Glasgow for Management, Marian Jones orchestrated a major cultural change that positioned doctoral education as central to the research activity of the former department, and created a positive, lively and constructive environment for the enhancement of learning for staff and students alike. Externally, she has extended this expertise to the international community of international business scholars and has been instrumental in developing a Doctoral Colloquium for the Academy of International Business (AIB, UK) at their annual conference. The colloquium has become an important network for scholars, supervisors and top academics in International Business and now attracts contributions from Europe and Scandinavia. The colloquium is now a flagship activity of AIB UK. Marian Jones is a member of AIB (Worldwide); Executive Committee Member and Doctoral Convener (UK Chapter); and is a Member of the British Academy of Management, and Academy of Management (worldwide). Her current research interests focus on the inter–relationship between innovation and internationalisation in international new ventures in the biotechnology and medical products industries, and the development of international networks as a means of poverty alleviation in poorer countries.

Research interests

Areas of expertise:

  • Internationalisation 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • SMEs 
  • Competitiveness 
  • Knowledge


Society for the Advancement of Management Studies, £5,500.

Funding from Universities of Colorado, Indiana and Glasgow and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice to host a high profile conference, £20,000.

ESRC Post Doctoral Fellowship Proposal 2007 as mentor (PI) for Margaret Fletcher, “Learning Processes of Internationalising Firms”, duration 12 months April 2008-09, £77,289.

ESRC Collaborative Governmental Scholarships 2007, (1+3) “Sustainable Internationalisation and Its Impact on Firm performance in Scotland, 2002-2006”, with Prof Richard Harris (PI), Economics Department, £88,000.

ESRC CASE collaborative studentship with Scottish Enterprise “The Relationship Between Absorptive Capacity and Opportunity Recognition and Exploitation in the Internationalisation Process of Scottish SMEs, £88,000.


PhD supervision areas

Professor Jones is interested in supervising PhD researchers in the areas of internationalisation of small firms; dynamics, paths processes and capability development; international new ventures; bioentrepreneurship and international business venturing in life science and other high technology sectors. 

Current PhD students

George Vlachos

Thesis title: Exploring the International Expansion Modes of High-Technology SMEs.
Co-supervisor: Professor Fiona Wilson

Karl Warner

Thesis title: A Cross-national study of innovation based international new ventures: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective.
Co-supervisor: Dr Anna Morgan-Thomas

Nils Leonhardt

Co-supervisor: Professor Pavlos Dimitratos



  • International Entrepreneurship & Innovation, MSc  
  • International Business Ethics, MSc.   
  • Entrepreneurial Perspectives on Internationalisation, MSc.         
  • Literature Review, Qualitative Methods, Doctoral Programme


  • Internationalisation and International Market Entry, honours years 3 and 4.*         
  • International Strategy, honours years 3 and 4.*


  • PhD theses 3 commencing, 11 completed to date (PGR)         
  • International Management Solutions student consultancy projects (PGT, MSc)         
  • MSc Dissertations (PGT)                
  • MBA Dissertations (PGT)         
  • Honours Dissertations (UG)

Additional information

Recent professional involvement

Contributed to the 9th Vaasa Conference on International Business, August 2007, Vaasa Finland as a discussant on the doctoral colloquium, and as a presenter in the main conference. This is the 2nd Vaasa conference to which Professor Jones has contributed and is one of a range of collaborations that she has with research colleagues in Finland. Since 2002 she has served as advisor and external examiner for doctoral students at several institutions in Finland including Turku School of Economics, Helinki School of Science and Technology and the University of Vaasa.

Served as external examiner for the Department of Management, University of Malta. CIER members historically have had strong links with colleagues in the University of Malta and collaboration on executive education is under discussion for the future.

Invited to co-chair a special track on International Entrepreneurship at the 2007 International Council for Small Business world conference held in Turku, Finland on the 13th to 15th June. This collaboration is the latest in a number of reciprocal initiatives between Turku School of Economics and the Department of Management, University of Glasgow. The conference website:

Organised the doctoral colloquium at the UK Academy of International Business annual conference 2007.

Served as Opponent at the public examination of Maija Renko, doctoral candidate at Turku School of Economics, Finland, on the 8th December. Maija made an excellent defence of her dissertation entitled “Market Orientation in Markets for Technology: Evidence from Biotechnology Ventures”.