International Business and Economics

The research cluster for International Business in the Business School focuses on areas such as globalisation and foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in emerging economies.  The cluster is led by Dr Ian Jackson.

  • Fostering and developing international business research
  • Strengthening economic research
  • Promotion of inter-disciplinary research within the field of international business
  • Promotion of research directed at improving the understanding of global FDI

  • Development of research active staff and doctoral students
  • Promotion of inter-change of ideas for researchers at different stages
  • Promotion of an international research ethos through critical readership
  • Publications of research papers
  • Structured external academic speaker programme

  • Globalisation issues
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Economics and business in developing countries
  • Economic decision-making process such as savings
  • International labour issues
  • Internationalisation in higher education
  • E-commerce in emerging markets
  • International marketing

Recent research projects in the cluster have included work on knowledge creation and transfer in emerging markets; Effective Trans-National Education (TNE) partnership and students’ sense of belonging; and, food poverty. Cluster team members are also contributing to other projects, such as currently funded work on AI4LABOUR. The cluster has good stakeholder engagement, for example with the Black Country Economic Intelligence Unit.