Manchester Metropolitan University

Centre for International Business and Innovation

A premier UK-based centre in international business and innovation studies

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

Mission Statement

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

Research Areas

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

Innovation

  • 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)

Meet the Team

Former Members 

  • Dr Robert Lee 
  • 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)

Visiting Fellows

  • 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 Networks

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), Unviversity of Athens (Greece), International Monetary Fund (USA), University of California at San Diego (USA), University of Uppsala (Sweden).

Publications (selected)

Journal Publications

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. (Available on website: http://www.un.org/ terrorism/workgroup2.shtml).

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.

Books

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
  • Pro.Manchester
  • 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.

Contact us

Postal Address

 

Centre for International Business and Innovation
Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
All Saints Campus
Oxford Road
Manchester, M15 6BH
United Kingdom

CIBI Team

 

Professor Heinz Tüselmann

Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3908
Email: h.tuselman@mmu.ac.uk

Professor Hamed El-Said
Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 5919
Email: h.elsaid@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Despoina Filiou
Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3840
Email: d.filiou@mmu.ac.uk

Dr David Freund
Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3863
Email: d.freund@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Sougand Golesorkhi
Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 3751
Email: s.golesorkhi@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Buzdugan
Telephone: +44 (0)161 247 4601
Email: s.buzdugan@mmu.ac.uk