Professor Rudolf Sinkovics
- Professor in International Business (Management)
Rudolf R. Sinkovics (Dr.rer.soc.oec, WU-Vienna, Austria) is Professor of International Business at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School and Visiting Professor at LUT University, Finland. His research writing covers issues of inter-organisational governance, and the role of ICT, with a current focus on responsible business.
His work has been published in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review.
He is co-editor-in-chief for Critical Perspectives on International Business, Consulting editor for Journal of World Business and Associate editor for Transnational Corporations and serves on a number of editorial boards.
Rudolf is a member of the International Business and Enterprise (IBE) research cluster.
Research interests & areas of expertise:
- Relational governance in interfirm relationships
- Information and communication technologies, Industry 4.0, platform technologies and IB
- Global value chains (GVCs)
- Responsible business and sustainable development
- Research methods in IB
- Sinkovics, Rudolf, Antje Fiedler, Benjamin Fath, Grigorij Ljubownikow, Noemi Sinkovics, Bridgette Sullivan-Taylor (2020-2021), “Developing a research group on responsible business”, “Covid-19 and business model reconfiguration in exporting SMEs”, “Industry 4.0 awareness and readiness in NZ SMEs”. NZ Performance based research fund (PBRF), NZ$ 13,000.
- Sinkovics, Rudolf (PI) and Ely Paiva, Khalid Nadvi, Stefan Zagelmeyer, Mario Monzoni, Luciana Vieira (2019) “Global value chains and Agenda 2030”, British Council and FAPESP Research links grant. £40.000.
- Sinkovics, Rudolf (PI) and Mo Yamin, Noemi Sinkovics, Khalid Nadvi, Martin Hess (Co-I’s) (2015), “Responsible business and global production network”, Lord-Alliance Strategic Research Investment Funds, Ref# LA-SRIF AA14179, £230,000.
- Sinkovics, Noemi and Rudolf R Sinkovics (2015), “SCERAT – Social and commercial enterprise resilience assessment tool”, UoM ESRC-IAA Award Ref# ES/M500392/1, fEC £42,000.
- Nadvi, Khalid (PI), Rudolf R. Sinkovics (Co-I), Peter Knorringa, Chris King-chi Chan, Mansueto Almeida, and Keshab Das (2013), "Rising powers, labour standards and the governance of global production networks," Ref# ESRC ES/J013234/1, (£695,279 / 36 months; started 2014).
- Khalid Nadvi (PI), Rudolf R. Sinkovics (Co-I) and network collaborators (2010), “The Rising Powers and Global Standards Research Network”, ESRC £90,000
- Rudolf R. Sinkovics (2010), “Success Factors of Multinational Corporations in Poverty Eradication”, British Academy Ref# SG100190, £6,000.
- Rudolf R. Sinkovics and Helen Rogers (2003), "Success Factors for Business Negotiations in International Mergers & Acquisitions," Nuffield Foundation, £5,000.
PhD supervision - Broad themes and opportunities
Rudolf welcomes PhD applications that fall within the broader research themes listed below.
- Rising powers and declining powers: How does the economic dynamism in emerging countries, in particular China, India and Brasil, transform the contours of the global economy and with what consequences? How does the rise/demise of lead firms from these contexts challenge IB theory and point at potentially different patterns of growth? What are the economic and social outcomes of these transformation processes?
- Global value chains and international business: Global Value Chains (GVCs) have exploded in the past decade and refer to the international dispersion of design, production, assembly, marketing and distribution of services, activities, and products. Analytically, frameworks for GVC analysis have been developed outside the IB field and only recently recognition has developed to build on these frameworks and combine these with IB thinking. What are the consequences for firms (especially smaller firms) to engage and work within GVCs, what are the opportunities to engage and generate both economic and social value? What are the antecedents and consequences of insertion into GVCs and governance dynamics for cross-border collaboration? What about economic and social upgrading?
- Business strategies and capability development: Business strategies, capabilities and structures vary and change within and across different countries and institutional contexts. Emerging market firms are frequently challenging conventional thinking about innovation and economic development (reverse innovation, catch-up strategies). What are the implications for development of business strategies and capability development?
- Information and communication technologies, Industry 4.0, platform technologies and international business: ICTs, platforms and recent disruptive technologies have tremendous impacts on inter-firm partnerships, the facilitation of relational exchange and the geographical organization of international business activities. However, the impacts are not uniquely positive (e.g. “virtuality trap”), context dependent and consequences on distributional outcomes (impacts on labour, profit-capture and rents) are not fully understood. New technologies allow for new governance modes, disrupt innovation (e.g. crowdsourcing, open innovation, open access in scholarship, etc.) and impact on the competitiveness of specific sectors.
PhD supervision - current
- Abeysaykara Balagae, Denanjalee
Sustainability in the Apparel Industry
PhD supervisions - completed
- 2020 - The drivers of successful partnerships between business and civil society organisations
- 2019 - Social value creation in different development contexts
- 2016 - Supplier strategies towards economic and social upgrading: the drivers and implications for workers
- 2015 - Managing global demands in adverse environment and upgrading in global value chains: Resilience of Pakistani software firms
- 2013 - Product innovation and knowledge protection in the relationship between automotive first-tier suppliers and OEMs in China: an empirical investigation
- 2012 - Corporate social entrepreneurship at the bottom of the economic pyramid: antecedents and outcomes in India
- 2011 - Governing international technology alliances – innovation capabilities and performance outcomes in the mobile computing market
- 2011 - The ‘tussle’ between headquarters’ authoritative power and subsidiaries’ resource-based power within multinational enterprises
- 2010 - Marketing implications of merger & acquisitions in Malaysian industries
- 2009 - Industry and firm level factors contributing to divergence from the industry trend - An examination of UK companies
- 2008 - The impact of market orientation on international channel relationship, performance and the effect of B2B internet-marketing integration
Current teaching contributions (2022)
- MGT5317 – International Management
- MGT5174 - Specialist Research Methods
- MGT5406 - International Business and Entreprenership in Emerging Economies
Publication metrics and recognition
- Google scholar (>22,000, h-index: 51, i10-index: 102, Jan 2022)
- Ranked #41,076 for impact in 2020, among the top 100,000 scientists (Baas/Boyack/Ioannidis 2021)
- Rank #14 of “most prolific authors of international marketing articles published 1995-2015" (Leonidou/Katsikeas/Samiee/Aykol 2018)
- My contributions on these research platforms: Dimensions, Orcid, SSRN, Publons
- Consulting editor, Journal of World Business, Elsevier, since 2019
- Co-editor in chief, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Emerald, since 2020
- Associate editor, Transnational Corporations, United Nations/UNCTAD, since 2018
- Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Springer, since 2015
- International Journal of Business Environment, Inderscience, since 2013
- International Marketing Review, Emerald, since 2013
- International Business Review, Elsevier, 2008-2018, 2021-
- International Journal of Marketing, Springer (former: der Markt), (2005-2015),
- International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy, Inderscience, since 2015,
- Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, (2010-2018)
- International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems, Inderscience, since 2015
- 2013- LUT University, Finland: Visiting Professor
- 2017-2019 Temple University, Fox School of Business, USA: Fox Visiting Scholar
- 2008 Michigan State University, USA and The University of Oklahoma, USA: Visiting Scholar
- 2000 Michigan State University, USA: Visiting Scholar
- 1999 University of Otago, NZ: Visiting Lecturer
Guest editor to special issues (previous)
- Guest editor, Sustainability (2021), "Sustainable business model innovation: Review, analysis and impact on society"
- Guest Editor, critical perspectives on international business (2021), "The covid-19 pandemic: Towards a societally engaged IB perspective"
- Guest Editor, critical perspectives on international business (2020), "Social value creation in international business"
- Guest Editor, International Marketing Review (2016), "Advancing the international marketing research agenda with innovative methodologies"
- Guest Editor, Critical Perspectives on International Business (2015), "Rising power firms – the developmental promises and challenges"
- Guest Editor, International Business Review (2014), "Rising powers from emerging markets—the changing face of international business"
- Guest Editor, Management International Review (2011), "International integration and coordination in MNEs"
- Guest Editor, Advances in International Marketing (2009), “New Challenges to International Marketing”
- Guest Editor, der Markt (2009), "Qualitative Marketing Forschung – Konzeptionelle Entwicklungen und methodische Trends"
- Guest Editor, Critical Perspectives on International Business (2007), "The internet and its paradoxical nature in international business"
- Guest Editor, Journal of International Entrepreneurship (2006), "Current perspectives on international entrepreneurship and the internet"
- Guest Editor, International Marketing Review (2006), "Issues and Advances in International Marketing Research"
Conference panel, keynote contributions and capacity building (recent)
- Sinkovics, R. R. (2021, May 28). Managing the tyranny of distance via technology during Covid-19. [Invited address]. 6th Emerging Markets Inspiration Conference (EMIC), Stockholm Business School, Sweden.
- Amanda Budde-Sung (chair), Amir Shoham (co-chair), Angela Knox (panelist), Ram Mudambi (panelist), Shlomo Tarba (panelist), Rudolf R. Sinkovics (panelist), Bill Newberry (panelist) (2021, May 14). Gender issues in IB - how to progress the agenda, Women in The Academy of International Business Mini-Conference, New York, NY.
- Sinkovics, Rudolf R. (2020), Professors of tomorrow: Advice for burgeoning academics, in gsb@usm Doctoral Conference [Keynote address]. Universiti Sains Malaysia.
- Sinkovics, Rudolf R. (2020, Nov 10). Societally engaged international business – taking stock and moving forward, FIGSIB doctoral conference in international business 2020, [Keynote address]. Helsinki, FI.
- Sinkovics, Rudolf R. (chair), Jonathan Doh (panelist), Lars Håkanson (panelist), Noemi Sinkovics (panelist), Ram Mudambi (discussant), and Peter Buckley (discussant), “Footprints of International Business”, AIB International, Minneapolis USA, June 25-28, 2018