CIBI was created to bring together recognised scholars in the fields of international business and innovation studies, and to exploit the strong synergies between the two disciplinary fields in a period of rapid (economic and technological) globalisation.
In addition to examining the benefits of international trade and innovation, the Centre’s research addresses questions relating to the stresses that are introduced by on-going economic, technological and cultural shifts.
CIBI has a strong record of international level research and has extensive links with government departments, regional authorities and international organisations.
The centre is also closely linked with leading academic centres, business associations and a range of interest group organisations in Europe and beyond.
We are one of the largest centres of our kind in the UK, and our members’ interests encompass the broad fields of human resource management, employment relations and organisational behaviour. Our title reflects the contemporary view that effective management of people is associated with enhanced organisational performance, but the focus of our work also embraces the perspective that the experience of people at work is an important area of study in its own right.
Mission and Objectives
CIBI brings together international level of research in International Business and Innovation – areas in which Manchester Metropolitan University has externally recognised expertise. The aim of CIBI is to develop outstanding, internationally recognised academic research that contributes to the advance of knowledge, to inform international management practice and policy-making at international, national and regional level, as well as to contribute to capacity building in its disciplines in the UK and abroad.
Internationally, recognised UK based centre for expertise in international business, innovation and related areas.
Nationally, recognised player in international business innovation and related areas alongside major Business Schools in the UK.
Regionally, at the forefront in those research areas/streams where CIBI where CIBI has distinct advantages vis-à-vis other major universities in the region and to be the locus for such expertise in Northwest England.
Internally, to enhance the Business School’s and University’s standing by being one of its premier externally recognised clusters of research strength and to contribute to the growth and deepening of research capacity across the Business School.
Internationalisation and Multinational Corporations
International Investment Strategies: The economic geography of investment and location decisions of MNCs, intra-firm specialisation and location of competitive advantages.
Subsidiary development and upgrading of foreign direct investment: Regional clusters, inter and intra organisational relationships and embeddedness in local, national and international networks.
Subsidiary development and subsidiary performance, employment growth and skills composition of jobs.
Strategies and activities of MNCs, the role of institutions and economic implications for home and host countries at national, regional and local level.
Globalisation, national business systems and institutional reforms: cross-border transfer and reverse transfer issues, incl. performance aspects e.g. HRM systems and practices.
Ownership issues in international inter-firm collaborations and the new institutionalism
International Political Economy
Political economy of the multinational organisation
Economic liberalisation, institutional reforms and their impact on national economic development and activities of MNCs
Globalisation and the “new” international business issues: e.g. transnational terrorism and security governance
Service innovation: the dynamics, dimensions and management of innovation in the public and private services sectors (with a focus on healthcare, transport, knowledge intensive businesses, and the creative industries)
Alliances for innovation: the role of strategic alliances in innovation and organisational adaptation in rapidly changing environments. Dynamics of alliance portfolio management and portfolio internationalisation in support of innovation activity. Growth of organisational ambidexterity via inter-organisational alliances
Capital heterogeneity and innovation: the acquisition and evolution of social, cultural, economic and symbolic capital in the context of entrepreneurship (with a particular focus on technological incubation, science parks and regional regeneration)
Dr Paul Windrum (now: Nottingham Business School, Nottingham University)
Dr Matthew Allen (now: Manchester Business School, Manchester University)
Dr Tommaso Ciarli (now: University of Sussex)
Dr Agnieszka Chidlow (now: University of Birmingham)
Dr Lawrence Green (now: Birmingham City University)
Dr Tomasso Ciarli Max-Planck-Institut, Jena, Germany
Dr Christoph Dörrenbächer University of Groningen, Netherlands
Dr Jens Gammelgaard Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Professor Humam Bishara Ghassib Deputy Secretary of the Arab Thought Forum, Amman and Advisor to HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan
Professor Arne Heise University of Hamburg, Germany
Dr Ulrich Hoppe Director General of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce, London, UK
Tyler D. Nunnally Entrepreneur & CEO, Upside Risk, USA
Professor Trond Randøy University of Adger, Norway
Dr Andreas Stephan Jönköping University, Sweden and Royal Swedish Institute for Technology
Dr Sivtlana Voronkova Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Professor Xianming Wu Wuhan University, China
Membership and Affiliations
CIBI is affiliated at either corporate or individual level to a number of high profile and influential organisations and associations, including:
European Union sponsored DIME – Dynamics of Institutions in Europe – Network of Excellence
European Research Network in Services Innovations
Standing Committee of the Learned Societies of Management and Business
Executive Committee of the Academy of International Business, UK and Ireland Chapter
Arab Thought Forum, Amman
International Advisory Committee to the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (2002 – 2005).
Visiting Professorships and Fellowships at:
Max-Planck-Institute in Jena, Germany
American University in Beirut, Lebanon
School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada
Europa Universität Viadriana Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Royal Scientific Society Jordan
MERIT at University of Maastricht, Netherlands
University of Qatar
Research in CIBI is systematically conducted within an extensive and active network of collaborations with researchers at renowned universities and research institutes in the UK, the USA, Europe and the Middle East, as well as with research user communities in the UK and around the world.
Research Networks in the UK
Manchester Business School, University of Manchester; School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Institute for German Studies at University of Birmingham; Bradford University School of Management; University of Bradford; Liverpool University School of Management; University of Glasgow; Leeds University Business School, Strathclyde University, central St. Martins School of Art & Design, Cranfield School of Management.
International Research Networks
Carnegie Mellon (USA), Wharton Business School (USA), Max-Planck-Institute in Jena (Germany), Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Social Science Research Centre Berlin (Germany), University of Groningen (Netherlands), American University in Beirut (Lebanon), University of Münster (Germany), Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (Germany), Centre for Strategic Studies (Jordan), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), University of Pisa (Italy), University of Cologne (Germany), Arab Thought Forum (Jordan), University of Murcia (Spain), Business Research Institute of the German Employers Association (Germany) University of Eindhoven (Netherlands), Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia), Royal Swedish Institute for Technology, University of Boston (USA), University of Qatar (Qatar), Economic and Social Research Institute (Germany), University of Cairo (Egypt), University of Athens (Greece), International Monetary Fund (USA), University of California at San Diego (USA), University of Uppsala (Sweden).
Buzdugan, S.R. (2013) 'Regionalism from without: external involvement of the EU in regionalism in southern Africa', Review of International Political Economy. DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2012.747102
El-Said, H. (2011). New Counter Violent Extremism Approach: Learning from De-Radicalisation Experiences of Muslim Majority States. International Peace Institute, New York.
Dimitratos, P., Plakoyiannaki, E., Pitsouliaki, A. and Tüselmann, H . (2010) 'The global smaller firm in international entrepreneurship', International Business Review, 19(6), 589-606.
Lee, R., Tuselmann, H., Jayawarna, D. and Rouse, J. (2011) Investigating the Social Capital and Resource Acquisition of Entrepreneurs Residing in Deprived Areas of England, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 29, 1054-1072.
McDonald, F., Tuselmann, H., Voronkova, S., Golesorkhi, S. (2011). The Strategic Development of Foreign Owned Subsidiaries and Supply of European Markets. The Multinational Business Review, 19 (3), 256-271.
Tüselmann, H., Heise, A., McDonald, F. and Allen, M. (2010) 'Employment relations in German multinational companies in the UK and the future of the German model: empirical evidence on country-of-origin effects and industry internationalization', International Journal of Public Policy, 5(4), 390-408.
El-Said, H., and Harrigan, J. (2010). ‘The Economic Impact of IMF and World Bank Programs in the Middle East and North Africa: A Case Study of Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia 1983 – 2004,’ in Review of Middle East Economics and Finance.
Yamin, Mo and Golesorki, S. (2010) Cultural distance and the pattern of equity ownership structure in international joint ventures, International Business Review, 19(5),457-467.
Chidlow, A., Morgan-Thomas, A., and Ghauri, P.N (2010) Data Collection Procedures Equivalence in International Business. The William Davidson Institute, The University of Michigan. Academic Working Paper Series, No 978 (March),1-13.
Allen, M. and Tüselmann, H. (2009) 'All powerful voice? The need to include 'exit', 'loyalty' and 'neglect' in empirical studies too', Employee Relations, 31(5), 538-552.
El-Said, H., and Harrigan, J.(2009) ‘You Reap What You Plant’: Social Networks in the Arab World - The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, World Development, 37(7), 1235-1249.
Lee, R. (2009) Social Capital and Business and Management: Setting a Research Agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 11(3), 247-273
Gammelgaard, J., McDonald, F., Tüselmann, H., Dörrenbächer, C. and Stephan, A., (2009) ‘Subsidiary role and skilled labour effects in small developed countries’ Management International Review. 49(1), pp. 27-42.
Tüselmann, H., Heise, A. McDonald, F. and Allen, M. (2009) ‘Employment relations, in German multinationals in the UK and the future of the German model: Empirical evidence on country-of-origin effects, industry internationalisation and policy implications’, International Journal of Public Policy.
Chidlow, A., Salciuviene, L., and Young, S. (2009) Regional Determinants of Inward FDI Distribution in Poland. International Business Review, 18(2), 119-133.
Salciuviene, L., Chidlow, A., Ghauri, P., and Hguyen, T.B. (2009) Multinational Enterprises in Emerging Markets: Linkage Effects on Local Companies. International Journal of Business Environment, 2(4), 468-484.
Windrum, P., Diaz, C., Filiou, D., (2009), Exploring the Relationship between Technical and Service Characteristics, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Special Issue on Product Characteristics and Innovation, 19, 567-588
Williams, D., McDonald, F. and Tüselmann, H. (2008) ‘Domestic sourcing by foreign-owned subsidiaries’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26(3), 260-276.
Tüselmann, H., McDonald, F., Allen, M. and Barrett, S. (2008) ‘Varieties and variability of employee relations approaches in US subsidiaries: Country-of-origin effects and the level and type of industry internationalisation’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19 (9), 1622-1635.
Lee, R. and Jones, O. (2008) Networks, Communication, and Learning during Business Start-up: The Creation of Cognitive Social Capital. International Small Business Journal, 26(5), 559-594
Chidlow, A., and Young, S. (2008) Regional Determinants of FDI Distribution in Poland. The William Davidson Institute, The University of Michigan. Academic Working Paper Series, No 943 (December),1-31.
El-Said, H. (2008). ‘First Report of the Working Group on Radicalisation and Extremism that Lead to Terrorism: Inventory of State Programs’, a policy document that has been distribute to the 192 Member States as an official UN document, United Nations, New York.
Green, L. and Bolton, S. (2008) ‘Into the Light’, New Design Journal, September edition, pp. 24-27.
Bolton, S. and Green, L., (2008) ‘Common Ground’, New Design Journal, July edition, pp. 47-49.
Payne, A.J. and Buzdugan, S.R. (Forthcoming 2013/2014) The Changing Political Map of Global Governance, Routledge.
Golesorkhi, S., Yamin, Mo., (2011), The Influence of Monitoring Costs on Ownership Structure of Cross-border and Domestic Alliances, Association for International Business Book Series, Palgrave Macmillan
El-Said, H., and Harrigan J. (2010). Globalisation, Democratisation and Radicalisation in the Arab World, Palgarve-McMilan.
El-Said, H. (2010). ‘Introduction,’ in El-Said, Hamed and Harrigan, Jane, Globalisation, Democratisation and radicalisation in the Arab World, Palgrave McMillan.
El-Said, H. (2010). ‘Radicalisation and Extremism that lead to terrorism in the Arab World,’ in El-Said, Hamed and Harrigan, Jane, Globalisation, Democratisation and Radicalisation in the Arab World, Palgrave McMillan.
El-Said, H. (2010). ‘In Search of a Deradicalisation Strategy,’ in El-Said, Hamed and Harrigan, Jane, Globalisation, Democratisation and Radicalisation in the Arab World, Palgrave McMillan.
Tuselmann, H-J., McDonald, Golesorkhi, S., Filiou, D.,(2009), Cross-Border Transfer of Employment Relations Approaches in Multinational Companies: Country-of-Origin Effects and the Level and Type of Industry Internationalization The Case of German Firms in the UK, Association for International Business Book Series, Vol (16), Palgrave Macmillan.
El-Said, H., and Harrigan J. (2009), Aid and Power in the Arab World: IMF and World Bank Policy-based Lending in the Middle East and North Africa, Palgrave McMillan.
El-Said, H., and Harrigan J. (2009). Economic Liberalisation, Social Capital and Islamic Welfare Provision, Palgrave Macmillan.
Chidlow, A. (2009) What attracts foreign companies to invest in Poland? The choice of location, VDM Verlag, Dr Mller.
Harrigan, J. and El-Said, H. (2008) Aid and Power in the Arab World: IMF and World Bank Policy-based Lending in the Middle East and North Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Harrigan, J. and El-Said, H. (2008) Economic Liberalisation, Social Capital and Islamic Welfare Provision, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Policy and Briefing Papers, Reports and Documentation for Governments, Business Associations, Interest Groups and International Organisations
United Nations, New York.
German Ministry of Economics and Labour
Jordanian Ministry of Economics
US State Department of Trade
Northwest Development Agency
Trade Union Congress, London
Invest in the UK Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry
German Trade Union Federation (DGB)
Saudi Ministry of Commerce
German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Netherlands Environmental Agency
German Employers Association
Oxfam America, Washington
Department for International Development (DFID)
Franco-British Chamber of Commerce
Kuwait Ministry of Commerce
Royal Swedish Institute for Technology
Wider Impact: Examples of Prestigious Citations and Listings of CIBI Research Publications
World Bank Reports
House of Commons Parliamentary Select Committee on the Future of UK Manufacturing
HM Treasury Leitch Review on Skills.
Trade Union Congress (TUC) General Council Report 2005
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research Listings
German Federal Parliament Scientific Service
Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, Washington DC
United Nations Country Report on Germany
Organization of American States
International Labour Organization
Research Projects and Awards
Globalisation and Security Governance: Learning from De-radicalisation and Rehabilitation Programmes that focus on Al-Qaida-related Terrorism
The project is commissioned by the United Nations and the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and is funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. It is conducted in collaboration with government departments and authorities in Saudi-Arabia, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia. The results of the projects will be disseminated in on international conference organised by CIBI and the Arab Thought Forum in Amman, attended by United Nations officials and government officials from Europe and the Arab World. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Hamed El-Said).
ESRC Management and Business Development Fellowship in International Business
This fellowship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council will fund an early to mid career practitioner from the business or policy-making community to undertake structured research in CIBI for up to three years.
Public Private Sector Innovations : The Interaction of Public and Private Sector Organisations in Innovation Networks, and their Contribution to European Welfare and Growth (ServPPIN)
This three year project is commissioned by the EU under the Socio-Economic Sciences and Humanities Programme of the Seventh Framework. The project investigates the interaction of public and private sector service organisations in innovation networks, and their contribution to European welfare and growth. It is conducted in collaboration with 7 European universities (CIBI Researchers: Paul Windrum [Lead Researcher], Despoina Filiou and Lawrence Green). Direct Employment of Skilled Labour by Foreign Owned Subsidiaries and the Development of Autonomy and Intra and Inter Organisational Relationships
The project is co-funded funded by the British Academy. It is conducted with in co-operation with Copenhagen Business School, Jönköping University, Sweden and Royal Swedish Institute for Technology, the University of Bradford and the University of Groningen. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Heinz Tüselmann).
Aid and Power in the Arab World: IMF and World Bank Policy-based Lending in the Middle East and North Africa
The project is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and was conducted with School or Oriental and African Studies, University of London. (CIBI lead researcher: Hamed El-Said). Labour Relations in US Multinationals in the UK and the Impact of Subsidiary Performance: A Comparative Study of German and US owned Firms
The project was funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation and conducted in collaboration with the University of Hamburg, Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) and the University of Bradford. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Heinz Tüselmann)
Social Capital and High-Technology Entrepreneurs: The Role of Leadership Impression Management (LIM)
The project was funded by UK Northern Leadership Academy NLA and involved an evaluation of social skills in the context of network structure. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Robert Lee)
Globalisation, Radicalisation, Extremism and Security Governance
The project was sponsored by the United Nations and conducted during Hamed El-Said’s secondment to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute where he led the research team on Security Governance. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Hamed El-Said). Foreign owned companies in the Northwest of England: Database and structural, organisational and geographical characteristics of foreign owned subsidiaries in the Northwest
The work was funded and conducted for the Northwest Development Agency. (CIBI Researchers: Heinz Tüselmann and Sougand Golesorkhi). Economic Liberalisation, Social Capital and Islamic Welfare Provision
The project is funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and was conducted with School or Oriental and African Studies, University of London. (CIBI lead researcher: Hamed El-Said). Labour Relations’ Approaches of German Multinationals in the UK and the Impact on Subsidiary Performance
The project was funded by the Hans-Böckler Foundation and was conducted in co-operation with the University of Hamburg, the University of Hull and Trinity College Dublin. (CIBI Lead Researchers: Heinz Tüselmann). Jordan-US Free Trade Agreement and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Implications on Access and Affordability of Medicines in Jordan
The project is commissioned by Oxfam America, Washington DC. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Hamed El-Said).
Innovation in the Public Sector (PUBLIN)
The project was funded by the European Union 5th Framework Programme and was conducted in collaboration with 8 other institutions (CIBI Lead Researcher: Paul Windrum)
East West Industrial Districts and Relocation and the Identification of Policies within the Perspective of EU Enlargement
The project was funded by the European Union 5th Framework Programme and was conducted in collaboration with 11 other European universities. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Heinz Tüselmann).
Qualitative and Quantitative Employment Effects of German Direct Foreign Investment into the UK for Home and Host Countries and its Policy Implications
The project was funded by the Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society and was conducted in co-operation with the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce in London. (CIBI Lead Researcher: Heinz Tüselmann).
PhD and Postdoctoral Programme
CIBI has on strong focus on growing and deepening research capacity in CIBI’s research areas within the Business School and internationally through doctoral post-doctoral training.
We are looking to support PhD students in the areas of innovation and international business and operate a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship programme, graduates of which became members of CIBI:
Sougand Golesorkhi (2006–07 Fellow)
Tommasso Ciarli (2007/08 Fellow)
Robert Lee (2008–09 Fellow)
CIBI is the lead institution of an International PhD Exchange Programme with European partner universities, including the Europa Universität Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder Germany), University of Murcia (Spain), University of Wuppertal (Germany). This programme allows PhD students to spend a structured period of research at the partner university.
CIBI also participates in the annual doctoral conferences of the US Consortium for Cooperation and Competition, and in the United Nations internship programme.
Centre for International Business and Innovation Manchester Metropolitan University Business School All Saints Campus Oxford Road Manchester, M15 6BH United Kingdom