About us

International Business and Enterprise

The International Business and Enterprise (IBE) cluster is a leading centre for the study of economic globalisation and international business. We conduct world-class research into the impact of globalisation on organisations and into the role of international firms in economic development and transnational governance. Our research is informed by the wider social sciences and contributes to academic and policy debates in several areas, including:

  • International entrepreneurship
  • Multinational organisation
  • Multinationals and economic development
  • Global professional service firms and transnational governance
  • International business and economic history
  • Language and identity in internationalising organisations

Members of the cluster regularly publish in top-tier scholarly journals in the fields of international business and entrepreneurship as we all as more generalist management and organisation studies journals, including:

  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Organization Studies
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Human Relations
  • British Journal of Management
  • Business History
  • International Business Review
  • Journal of Common Market Studies
  • Management International Review
  • International Marketing Review
  • International Small Business Journal

We have conducted research in a variety of different national contexts, including Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the USA. Our research has received funding from the British Academy, UK Economic and Social Research Council, European Research Council, Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), and Erasmus+ Programme-Jean Monnet, among others. Our academic network is global in scope and we closely collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of overseas universities and business schools (see wider network).

The IBE cluster is led by Professor Pavlos Dimitratos and Professor Mehdi Boussebaa. It was founded in 2006 by Professor Stephen Young and Professor Marian V. Jones. It was formerly known as the Community for Internationalisation and Enterprise Research (CIER).

Details of individual faculty research interests can be found on the 'IBE Members’ page.