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Dr Mark Cook

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 Mark Cook
Role Reader, International Business,
Department of Finance, Accounting, Systems and Economics
Contact  Direct line:01902 321779

Email: mark.cook@wlv.ac.uk

Biography Currently a Reader in International Business, but previously the Head of Department of Finance, Accounting and Business and PL professional courses at the University of Wolverhampton.  Previously worked at the University of Northampton as Head of Economics between 1983 and 2003.  While at University of Northampton, worked as an external consultant/researcher on a number of projects such as disability in the workplace, an assessment of safety cameras, an evaluation of motorsport within Northamptonshire, and export performance of SMEs.  In addition worked closely with Northampton Business Link in assessing their annual monitoring of businesses within the county.  Before that, worked as a research associate for the University of Leicester on departmental projects examining various aspects of the teaching profession, such as job search and the return to teaching by qualified teachers.
Academic qualifications
  • PhD, University of Wolverhampton
  • MSc Economics and Econometrics, Southampton University
  • BA Economics, University of Essex
Teaching interests
  • Global Business Environment
  • Managerial Economics
  • Dynamics of Multinational Enterprises
Corporate and community engagement

Foreign Direct Investment in Wales

Professional body membership and roles
  • External examiner UCLAN
  • HE Academy Practitioner
  • Member of UKAIB
Research interests My research interests lie in the areas of UK competitiveness, the internationalisation of small firms and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  In particular the focus lies with explaining the determinants of inbound FDI into the UK regions, with emphasis on the regional, national and supra-national factors and whether the determinants of regional FDI differ by source country, mode of entry, and the different measures of the size of FDI activity. The research also considers the spatial distribution of the regional FDI and the role emerging markets and transitional economies play in the flow of FDI to the UK regions.
External academic roles
  • External examiner UCLAN
  • Editorial Board of UK AIB Conference
  • Referee for International Journal of Management Practice, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Research
Selected publications

Books/Monograph

Regional and Firm International Competitiveness: Determinants, Capability and Competencies, 2009, VDM Publishing, Berlin

Text Books                         

International Business Economics: A European Perspective, 3rd edition, 2006, (With Judith Piggott), Palgrave.

International Business, Pitman (Financial Times Management),  M. Cook, C Farquharson, & V. Anderson,  2006 

Supply Side Economics, Fourth Ed., M. Cook & N. Healey, Heinemann, July 2001

International Business Economics: A European Perspective, 2nd Ed.

J. Piggott and M. Cook, Addison Wesley, 1999

Supply Side Economics, Third Ed.,  M. Cook & N. Healey, Heinemann, 1996

Business Economics: A Workbook, London, Financial Times Publishing, March 1998, with C. Farquharson.

Business Economics: Applications and strategy, Pitman, December 1997, with C. Farquharson.

Economics Revision Packs, Financial Training 1991/2/3.

Growth and Structural Change, M. Cook & N. Healey, MacMillan 1995.

International Business Economics, A European Perspective, J. Piggott & M. Cook, Longman 1993.

Current Topics in International Economics, M. Cook & N. Healey, Anforme 1990.

Contributions to edited works

Cook, M (2012) International Business: The Challenges of Global Competition, international business cases, ed by Bal, D.H., Geringer, J.M., Minor, M.S. and McNett, J.M. J.M.McGraw-Hill, London.

Cook, M (2010) The International Macroeconomic Environment, in The Business Environment, 4th Edition, ed by, I Brooks, J. Weatherston, G. Wilkinson Prentice Hall.

Fallon, G. & Cook, M. (2004) Four Regional Approach to Inbound DFI Location Decisions, The Process of Internationalization: Strategic, Cultural and Policy Perspectives, Eds. McDonald, F.,  Mayer, M.  and Buck, T.  Palgrave MacMillan, pp296-312

Cook, M. (2004) Global Dominoes: The case of South East Asia, in “The Business Environment”, 3rd Ed, edited by G. Wilkinson & J. Weatherston, Prentice Hall. Pp389-399

Cook, M (2004) The International Macroeconomic Environment, in The Business Environment, 3rd Ed. edited by, I Brooks & J. Weatherston, Prentice Hall., pp83-138

Cook, M. Fallon G. & Billimoria (2003) The regional Distribution of inbound FDI in the United Kingdom: Evidence from the West Midlands and Scotland, in Internationalisation: Firm Strategies and Management, Edited by Wheeler, C., McDonald, F. and Greaves, I. , Palgrave MacMillan, pp37-59

Cook, M. (2000) The International Macroeconomic Environment, in The Business Environment, 2nd Ed. Brooks, I. & Weatherston, J., Prentice Hall., pp80-120

Cook, M. (1997) The Macroeconomic Environment, in The Business Environment, 1st Ed.  Ed. Brooks, I. & J. Weatherston, Prentice Hall., pp75-125

Cook, M. (1997) SME case study in The Business Environment, 1st Ed.  Ed. by I. Brooks and J. Weatherston, Prentice Hall, pp406-414

Publications: Refereed Journal Articles

Cook, M and Fallon, G (2014) Inward Investment, Employment and Government Policies in Peripheral Regions of Developed Market Economies - the Case of Wales, Regional Studies Policy Debates. Forthcoming. 

Fallon, G and Cook, M, (2014) Explaining the manufacturing and non-manufacturuing FDI performance in the UK regions, Tijdsschrift Journal. Forthcoming.

Cook, M and Jones, A (2013) The Spillover Effect from FDI in the English Football Industry, Soccer and Society. Forthcoming.

Cook, M (2013) The Changing nature of FDI inflows in Wales, 1983-2007, International Journal of Management Practice. Forthcoming.

Fallon, G. & Cook, M. (2013) Explaining the manufacturing and non-manufacturing FDI performance in the UK regions, Tijdsschrift Journal, Forthcoming.

Cook, M (2010) Explaining the determinants of manufacturing and non-manufacturing FDI inflows in five UK regions, International Journal of Management Practice, January, Vol. 5, No.1, pp1-26

Cook, M, (2009) The Relative Importance of human and product resources in influencing the export propensity of small UK firms, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, April, Vol. 10, No.1, pp71-87

Fallon, G, Cook, M (2009) Exploring the Regional Distribution of Inbound Foreign Direct Investment in the UK in Theory and Practice: Evidence from a Five-Region Study, Regional Studies, online (first published 12.1.09) pp.1-17(Actual article in print in Vol. 44, No 1 2010)

Fallon G, Cook M & Jones A (2004)The determinants of foreign direct investment in Hungary and Romania, Managing Economic Transition Network, Working Paper series, WP01/04 December, ISSN 1471-9894

Cook, M., Coskeran, T. & Weatherston, J. (2004) The success and constraining factors behind the internationalisation of Northamptonshire’s businesses: Lessons from the Northamptonshire Business Survey 1998,  Northampton, UCN Publications, pp1-50, ISBN: 1 901 547 019

Cook, M., Coskeran, T. & Weatherston, J. (2004) The Northamptonshire Export Survey, Northampton Business School, Northampton, UCN Publications, pp1-40, ISBN 1-901-547-027

Cook, M, Fallon G. and Billimoria, A(2001) How successful are Scotland and the West Midlands in attracting Foreign Direct Investment?, Economics and Business Education Journal, Autumn 2001, Vol 5 No. 3, pp13-18, ISSN 1367 – 3289

Cook, M (2000) Training and Skill Needs for Successful Exporting: An Econometric Approach, Journal of European Business Education, Vol. 10, No. 1, December, pp33-47

Cook, M. and MacDonald S. (1999) Role of languages in organisation internationalisation, Journal of European Business Education, Vol. 9. No. 1, pp49-61

MacDonald, S. and Cook, M. (1998) An Exploration of the Use of Language Training in Business: Case Studies from Northamptonshire, Local Economy, Vol. 13, No 3, pp216-227

Cook, M and MacDonald S. (1997) Letters from America: A Lesson for Business Link?, International Small Business Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp74-79

Cook, M (1995) European Mergers and Competition Policy, Hungarian Journal of Management Education, Vezetestudomany, Summer, Vol. 8, pp13-23

Cook, M., Cuthbert, M and MacDonald, S. (1994) The development of Rail freight terminals: Northamptonshire's Position, East Midlands Economic Review, October, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp15-29

Cook, M, Cuthbert, M, Meredith, C, and Stephens, J (1993) Small Firms in Northamptonshire: Well Prepared for Europe, East Midlands Economic Review, Vol. 2. No. 1, April, pp32-43

Cook, M. (1992) European Mergers and Competition Policy, Journal of Business and European Education, Dec.

Cook, M. and Healey, N.M. (1988) Careers Service Utilisation in Colleges of Higher Education   A Case Study, The Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp86-89.

Cook, M. (1987) The Unemployment of Newly Trained Post Graduate Teachers, British Educational Research Journal, Vol.13, No.3, pp137-146

Cook, M (1986) Attitudes of Head Teachers to the Recruitment of Newly Trained Graduate Teachers, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Spring. Vol. 10, No. 1, pp72-82

Wells, R.G.J. and Cook, M (1986) The Philippines   Tough Times Ahead? The World Today, Vol. 42, No.4, April, pp60-63

Cook, M., Healey, N.M. and Molyneux, P. (1986) The Careers Service:  A Doorway to Employment?, Careers Bulletin, Autumn, pp26-29

Cook, M. (1985) The Search for Employment by Student Teachers: An Empirical Study, Educational Research, June, Vol. 27, No.2, pp139-145.

Cook, M and Wells, R.J.G. (1985), Environmental Planning for Tourism in the East Midlands Region, University of Bradford, Occasional Paper No.8, pp55-66, ISBN 0 946435 20 0

Cook, M. (1985) Manpower Planning and the Return to Teaching, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp66-73

Cook, M and Wells R.G.J. (1985), Waterways in the Shires: Some Planning Considerations, The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp322-334

Wells, R.G. J. and Cook, M. (1985) The Oil Industry   Its Impact on the Malaysian Economy, Manchester Papers in Development, Autumn, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp63-71 

Cook, M. (1985) Tourism in the East Midlands: Some Environmental considerations, Tourism Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp220-223

Bernbaum, G and Cook, M (1984) Newly Qualified teachers, The Search for Employment, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Vol.8 No.2, Summer. pp32-38

Wells, R.G.J., Cook, M and Hiles T. (1984), Northamptonshire's Country Parks Some Planning Considerations, Journal of Leisure and Amenity Management, June 1984, Vol.2 No.6

Cook, M and Wells R.J.G. (1984) Tourism in the East Midlands, Tourism Management, Vol.5 No.3, pp229-233

Cook, M and Bernbaum, G (1983) Unemployed Graduates:  The Case of Student Teachers, Employment Gazette, June, Vol. 91, No. 6, pp223-229

Publications: Industry and Government reports and non-peer reviewed articles

Cook, M and Hall, G. (2010) An Initial Analysis of Welsh FDI data (1983-2007), Paper presented to the Welsh Assembly Government

Cook, M. (2003) The Internationalisation of small firms, Business Review, Vol. 10, No.3, pp33-40

Cook, M. and Jones, J. (2002) Labour Market Information to support Wellingborough East Masterplanning, Matters of fact Consultancy report, pp1-90

Cook, M. (2002) Disability at Work Report, Workbridge Report, pp1-150

Cook, M. (2002) The approaches to investment appraisal, Economics and Business Education Journal, Spring, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp16-21 

Cook, M. (2000) Why companies choose to shrink in size, Business Review, Vol 7, No 4, pp31-33

Cook, M (1998) The Internationalisation of Business, The EBEA Journal, October, Vol 2, No. 3. pp1-8

Cook, M. Cuthbert, M. and MacDonald, S. (1997), Investment by overseas companies in Northamptonshire, Northampton Business School, pp1-36

Cook, M., and Farquharson,  C. (1996) How do firm's set their prices in different markets, Economics Today, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp2-6

Cook, M. and Farquharson, C. (1995) How do firms price their products?, Business Studies, Vol 8, No. 2, pp8-12

Cook, M. (1995) Economic Growth and The UK Economy, Journal of the Economics Association, March, pp47-55.

Cook, M and Meredith, C, (1994) European mergers and takeovers, Business Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2,  pp29-33

Cuthbert, M., Cook, M. and MacDonald, S. (1994) A channel Tunnel Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire, Northampton Business School, pp1-70

Cook, M., Cuthbert, M., Meredith, C., Stephens, J. and MacDonald, S (1994), Northamptonshire's SMEs in Europe: An Initial survey, Northamptonshire Business School, pp1-43 

Cook, M. (1994) The differences in European Markets, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 59, No.6, pp3-6

Cook, M. (1993) UK Membership of the EC: What are the Economic Effects?, Economics Today, Vol. 1, No. 1, September, pp26-33

Cook, M. (1993), Financing Business, Business Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp13-17

Cook, M. (1993) Manufacturing in the UK: The long way back?, Contemporary Review, Vol. 263, No. 1530, pp9-15

Cook, M. (1992) The third world: Living with debt, Contemporary Review, Vol.260, No. 1516, pp233-238

Cook, M. (1991) The DIY Market, Business Studies, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp31-35

Cook, M. (1991), The Economics of the Leisure Industry, Economic Review, Vol.8, No. 3, pp29-33

Cook, M. (1991) Do we need a Common Energy Policy?, European Research, Vol. 2, Part 2, March, pp9-13

Cook, M. (1991) GATT:  Can it Tackle New  Protectionism?, UK Economic Studies, Vol. 2., Spring,  pp13-15

Cook, M. (1991) The Return of the U.K. Manufacturing Sector   Fact or Fantasy, Contemporary Review, Feb. Vol. 258, N0. 1501, pp69-74

Cook, M. (1991) UK membership of the EC: What are the economic benefits, Economics Today, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp16-20

Cook, M. (1990) Can we economise with our parkland, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 55, No. 4, pp10-11

Cook, M. (1990) Putting the Lid of the C.A.P., Contemporary Review, May, Vol. 256, NO. 1492, pp239-244

Cook, M. (1990), The Impact and Growth of MNE's, Business Studies, May Vol. 2, No.7, pp8-13

Cook, M (1990) A Round with GATT, Contemporary Review, Nov. Vol. 257, No. 1498, pp242-247.

Cook, M. (1990) The Growth and Impact of Multinational Enterprises, Business Studies, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp10-15

Cook, M. and Piggott, J. (1989) The sharing society, Contemporary Review, Vol254, No. 1476, pp25-30.

Cook, M. (1989) Privatising services: The tender trap, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol 54, No. 6, pp4-6

Cook, M (1988) Economic Gloom: the light at the end of the tunnel, Contemporary Review, Vol. 252, No. 1468, pp248-254

Cook, M. (1987) Reasons for the growth of wildlife parks, Parks and

Sports Grounds, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp26-28

Cook, M. and Bullock, E. (1987), The Age Old Problems of Mature Students, Links, Vol. 13, No. 1. Autumn, pp17-19

Cook, M. (1987), The diminishing rate of contracting out, Contemporary Review, Vol.251, No. 1462, pp262-267

Wells R.G.J. and Cook, M. (1987) Malaysia Prepares for boom in golf, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 52, No. 4., pp26-27

Cook, M. (1986) Recruitment to the Teaching Profession   Luck or Judgement? Links, Vol. 11, No. 2, Spring, pp8-9

Cook, M. (1986) Playing the C.V. Game, Links, pp24-26.

Cook, M. (1986) Privatisation and the local authorities: The play of state, Local Government Review, Vol. 150, No. 23, pp351-352

Cook, M. (1986), The growing use of leisure centres, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 51, No. 9, pp33-37

Cook, M., Hiles, T. and Wells, R.J.G. (1986) The Tourist boom - Does it require legal assistance, Local Government Review, Vol. 150, No. 1, pp3-5

Cook, M. (1986) Council house sales: The rights and wrongs, Contemporary Review,  Vol. 248, No. 1445, pp314-317

Cook, M. (1986), North sea oil and its impact on the UK economy, Contemporary review, Vol. 248, No. 1442, pp138-141

Cook, M. (1986) The Importance of canals for leisure, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp22-27

Cook, M. (1986) Assisting the tourist boom, Vol. 249, No. 1448, pp153-156

Cook, M. and Wells, R.G.J. (1986) Beauty Spots with economic attractions, Parks and Sports Grounds,  Vol 52, No. 1, pp6-10

Cook, M. and Healey, N. (1986) Is this the shape of things to come?, Town and Country Planning, Vol.55, No. 7/8, pp212-213

Wells, R.J.G. and Cook, M. (1986) Visitor movements around Northants, County Councils Gazette, Vol. 78, No. 10, pp340-341

Cook, M. and Healey, N. (1985) Theme parks: are local authorities being taken for a ride?, Local Government Review, Vol. 149, No. 34 pp655-657

Cook, M. and Wells, R.J.G. (1985) Arguing the case for the provision of country parks by local authorities, Local Government Review, Vol. 149, No. 1, pp7-8

Cook, M and Healey, N.M. (1985) The Jewel in the Leisure Industry's Crown, Park and Sportsgrounds, Vol. 50, No. 12, pp12-14

Cook, M. and Healey, N. (1985) Themes promising, The Leisure Manager, Vol. 3, No. 8, pp15-18

Wells, R.G.J. and Cook, M. (1985) Private sector leads the way ahead in Northampton, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp26-27

Cook, M. and Wells, R.G.J. (1985) Meeting third generation leisure requirements, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol. 50, No. 7, pp38- 42

Wells, R.J.G. (1985) Buoyant time in Northants tourism, County Councils Gazette, Vol. 78, No. 5, pp168-169

Wells, R.J.G. and Cook, M (1984), Developing country parks in Northamptonshire, Parks and Sports Grounds, Vol 49, No. 12, pp36-38

Cook, M., Hiles, T., and Wells, R.J.G. (1984) Country Parks in Northamptonshire, ILAM Journal, Vol. 2, No. 6, pp21-27

Cook, M. and Wells, R.G.J. (1984) Attracting the Tourists in Northants, County Council Gazette, Vol. 77, No. 11, pp374-375

Publications: Conference Papers                 

Cook, M (2012), Foreign Direct Investment in the West Midlands, paper presented at, Sustaining Competitiveness Conference, The Belfry, July 6th

Cook, M (2012), Foreign Direct Investment in the Black Country Top 200, Black Country Business 2012, University of Wolverhampton, June 25th

Cook, M (2012), R&D: Control, the impact and management of, and competitiveness, Fostering Research and Development, Birmingham, May 29th

Cook, M(2012), R&D: Control, the management of, and competitiveness, Fostering Research and Development Conference, West Midlands Economic Forum, March, Telford 

Cook, M and Fallon, G (1212), An analysis of Chinese and Emerging Market inbound FDI and its Impact on Employment in Wales, 1983-2009: A Market waiting to be explored?, European Integration and Chinese FDI in the EU Conference – Leeds University, April, 2012.

Cook, M and Fallon, G. (2012), An Analysis of EU inbound FDI and its employment in Wales, 1983-2009, paper for the UK AIB Conference, March, Liverpool

Fallon, G, Cook, M and Hall, G (2011) An Analysis of Inbound FDI and its Impact on Employment in Wales, 1983-2007, Paper given at the UKAIB Conference, Edinburgh, April 2011

Cook, M (2011) Analysing Welsh inbound FDI, Paper Given at the University of Portmouth, March 2011

Fallon, G and Cook, M (2009) The Location of inbound FDI in Wales and Scotland: Analysis and determinants, Paper for UK AIB conference, Glasgow, April 2009.

Cook, M. (2008) Determining the regional factors that influence manufacturing and non-manufacturing FDI into the UK regions, UWBS Research Conference, 17th September.

Fallon G and Cook M (2006) Exploring The Main Factors Attracting Manufacturing And Non-Manufacturing DFI Inflows To Five UK Regions, Academy of International Business, UK Chapter, 33rd Annual Conference, "International Business in the Age of Anxiety"2, University of Manchester, April ISBN 978-0-903808-03-3

Cook, M., Ekwulugu, F. and Fallon, G. (2006), How Entrepreneurial are African Businesses in the UK”? Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA ) Accra Ghana Africa ISBN 0-9765288-1-9

Cook, M, Fallon, G and Ekwulugo, F. (2005) How entrepreneurial are African Small Businesses?  Presented at the 3rd  African and Caribbean Scholars Conference University of East London, UK, December

Fallon, G and Cook, M. (2005) To what extent do national factors explain the regional distribution of inbound DFI? Evidence from four UK regions, UKAIB Conference, University of Bath, April 2005

Cook, M. (2005) Explaining the take-up of people with disabilities within the SME sector, UWBS School Research Conference, 26th January.

Cook, M., Ekwulugo, F. & Fallon, G. (2004) The Research Questions facing the UK African SME sector, paper presented at The 2nd African and Caribbean Scholars Conference, University of Wolverhampton Business School, 10th December.

Cook, M.,  Fallon, G., Jones, A., Golov, R., and Gorbachev, A. (2004) Exploring the attractiveness of the Russian economy for foreign investments, paper for the MET Seminar, University of Wolverhampton, 19th November, 2004 

Cook, M., Ekwulugu, F., and Fallon, G. (2004)  UK African Small Firms – Strategic and Operational Issues, paper given at the 27th Institute for Small Business Affairs Conference, Newcastle/Gateshead, 1st  – 3rd November 2004

Cook, M., Fallon, G., and Jones, A. (2004) The determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Location in Central and Eastern Europe, with G. Fallon and A. Jones, Paper given at 31st Annual UKAIB conference, University of Ulster, April,  ISBN 1 85923 1837.

Cook, M., Ekwulugu, F. and Fallon, G. (2004) A Two-regional Comparative Study of UK East African Businesses, 5th International Conference of the International Academy of African business and Development (IAABD), University of Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 7th-10th, 2004, ISBN 0-9700504 – 0 – 6

Cook, M. Ekwulugo, F. and Fallon, G. (2003) Start-up and Motivation Factors in UK African and Caribbean SMEs: An Exploratory Study, paper presented at the 4th International Academy of African Business and Development Conference, Westminster Business School, London, pp21-26.

Cook, M. and Fallon, G. (2003) The determinants of foreign direct investment in Hungary and Romania, Managing Economic Transition network seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University, 11 April.

Cook, M. and Fallon, G. (2003) Business Start-ups in marginalised communities: evidence from an exploratory study into UK African and Caribbean SMEs, UCN Internal Conference, 2 July.

Cook, M., Ekwulugu, F. and Fallon, G. (2003) Start-up and motivational factors in UK African and Caribbean SMEs: An exploratory study, 4th International Conference of the International Academy of African business and Development (IAABD), University of Westminster, April 9-12th, pp21-26, ISBN 0-9700504-0-5.

Cook, M. (2003) Placing People with disabilities within the SME sector: the importance of the HR manager, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Conference, 3-4 April, The University of Surrey, pp86-95, ISBN 1-872677-45-2

Fallon, G. Cook, M. and Das, N (2003) Contrasting patterns of business experience amongst Indian and Bangladeshi owner-managers in Northamptonshire: empirical evidence and policy implications, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Conference, 3-4, April 2003, The University of Surrey, pp140-151, ISBN 1-872677-45-2.

Fallon, G., Cook, M. and Jones, A. (2003) The relative attractiveness of Hungary and Romania as destinations for foreign direct investment and the implications for the success of their economic transition processes, Fifth International Conference on Enterprise in Transition, Split, Croatia, 22 –24 May, pp273-278 ISBN 953-6024-49-7             

Fallon, G. and Cook, M. (2003) A four regional approach to inbound FDI location decisions, UKAIB 30th Annual  Conference, De Montfort University, 11-12th  April,  ISBN 1857213548

Cook, M. (2003) SMEs in the manufacturing sector: gaining a competitive edge through employing workers with disabilities, 6th SMESME Conference, Stimulating manufacturing Excellence in Small and Medium Enterprises, Athens, June, ISBN 960-87761-0

Fallon, G. Cook, M. and Jones, A. (2003) The determinants of foreign direct investment in Russia and the implications of exclusion from European Union Membership, paper for UACES study group/International Research Group Seminar on the Nature and Development of Economic relationships between the European Union, Russia and other CIS states, UCN, 6th June.

Cook, M. (2002) Offering placements to people with disabilities within the small firms sector: Social responsibility or competitive advantage?, Sustaining SME innovation, competitiveness  and Development in the global economy, 2nd Global Economy Conference, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, July 12-13, ISBN 86418 706 8

Fallon, G. and Cook, M. (2002) Exploring the Regional Distribution of Inbound Foreign Direct Investment in the United Kingdom in Theory and Practice: Evidence from the West Midlands and Scotland and Policy Implications for Government, AIB conference, refereed paper section, University of Lancaster, 29th Annual Conference, University of Central Lancashire, April 12-13, pp663-688, ISBN 1901922367.

Cook, M. (2002) Organisational strategies for successful exporting: An econometric investigation, 5th International Business and Economics Conference, Wisconsin, October 11-12.

Cook, M. (2002) Supporting the Internationalisation of manufacturers: the need for a more tailored approach, SMESME 5th Conference, 13-15th May, Anglia Ruskin University, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, ISBN 1-900-432-39-0, p270-277.

Fallon, G., Cook, M. & Billimoria, A. (2001) Explaining the Regional Distribution of Inbound Direct Investment in the United Kingdom: Preliminary Evidence from the West Midlands and Scotland. Paper presented to the Academy of International Business, UK Chapter, 28th Annual Conference, International Business in the 21st Century: Change and Continuity – Strategies, Institutions, Regulations and Operations, The Manchester Metropolitan University, April 6-7, 271-283. ISBN 0905304357

Cook, M. (2001) How do entrepreneurial organisations learn and adapt their pricing strategies in external markets?, First Conference on the International Entrepreneurship Forum, June 21-23, 2001, Naples (Paper short listed for conference prize)

Cook, M., Ekwulugo, F. and Fallon, G. (2003) Business support and development within the UK African and small business sector, 1st African/Caribbean Scholars Forum, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, December.

Cook, M. and Fallon, G. (2001) Explaining the regional distribution of inbound foreign direct investment in the UK: Preliminary evidence from the West Midlands and Scotland, UKAIB Conference, Manchester metropolitan University, April.

Cook, M. and Weatherston, J. (2001) Policy and institutional support for exporters: is there a case for further intervention? Small Business and Enterprise development Conference, March, Leicester Uni.

Cook, M. (2000) Training and skills needs for successful exporting: An econometric investigation, Intent 2000, Internationalising Entrepreneurship Education and Training Conference, Tampere, Finland, July.

Cook, M. (2000) A Study of Successful Exporting Among SMEs: An Econometric investigation, Small Firms Enterprise Development Conference, Manchester University, April.

Cook, M., MacDonald, S. and Boocock, G. (1997) Support for Small Businesses in the USA: A Case Study from New York State, 20th Conference of the International Small Business Association, Belfast, November.    

Cook, M., MacDonald, S. and Boocock, G. (1997) Removing Barriers: The Language Training Strategies of Small Firms in Northamptonshire, Regional Frontiers 1997 EURRN Conference, Frankfurt Oder, September.

Cook, M. and MacDonald, S. (1997) Improving Language Training of SMEs, Small Business and Enterprise Development Conference, University of Sheffield, March.

Cook, M. and MacDonald, S. (1996) Business Links: A Comparison with USA and Europe, Paper presented at the 19th ISBA National Conference, Birmingham, November.

Cook, M. and Weatherston J. (1996) The Internationalisation Process of SMEs: the constraining Factors, Small Business and Enterprise Development Conference, Leeds, March.

Cook, M. and Stephens, J. (1995) Investment in Technology: SME's Growth and Constraints, at "Innovation et Organisation des PME", Second International Conference, Paris, October.

Cook, M. and Weatherston, J. (1995) A Study of the Exporting Behaviour of SMEs: Policy and Constraints, ICSB 40th World Conference, Skills for Success in Small and Medium Enterprises, June, ISBN 0 7259 0870 X

Cook, M. and Weatherston , J. (1995) Growth in the SME Sector: The Role of Age, Size, Planning and Networking, Small Business and Enterprise Development Conference, University of Leeds, April.

Cook, M. (1995) Regional De-Industrialisation: Are service sector SME's the Answer? Regional Futures Conference, Gothenburg, May.

Cook, M. and Stephens, J. (1994) The Impact of the SEM on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, with particular reference to Northamptonshire, ICSB World Conference, Strasbourg, June.

Cook, M. (1994) SMEs in the Service Sector and their Reactions to Europe, Small Business Enterprise and Development Conference, University of Manchester, March.

Cook, M. (1993) Northamptonshire's small and medium sized industries and their response to the European market, Staff research seminar, University of Florence, September.