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Organisation profile

SIBE is a large and dynamic group within the School of Management. The group is comprised of active researchers with a strong record in research and publications. It has particular strengths in Asia Pacific business, emerging markets, entrepreneurship, sustainability and European business.

In addition to providing a variety of courses at the undergraduate level, the SIBE group is responsible for the delivery of an innovative portfolio of postgraduate courses, including the MA in Asia Pacific Business and Management,  the MSc Sustainability and Management, and the MSc in Entrepreneurship.

Asia Pacific business

This region has been a focus of the School of Management since its inception. Researchers include economic and business historians, anthropologists and sociologists, with an advanced linguistic capability in Asian languages (Li Dong, Robert Fitzgerald, Jos Gamble, Huaichuan Rui, Chris Smith). Specialist interests within this cluster include: overseas Chinese business networks in East Asia; the formation and management of international joint ventures in East Asia; the transfer of organizational practices by MNCs; Korean business; the retail sector and consumers in Asia Pacific; Chinese financial networks; Japanese marketing systems; foreign-owned firms in China; Japanese MNCs and the 'Japanization' debate; economic history of post-war Japan; private business and entrepreneurship in China; Chinese investment in Africa; and Chinese multinationals.

Emerging markets

This cluster focuses on the specific features of doing business in emerging markets, and on the broader question of how business can contribute to development. It includes scholars with extensive field experience in Central Asia, Russia, China, and Latin America (Luciano Ciravegna, Rachel Doern, Gul Berna Ozcan). Specific interests include: entrepreneurship in emerging markets; multinationals from emerging markets and their investments; Central Asia and post-Soviet entrepreneurship and enterprise development; the linkages between SMEs and multinationals; the formation of industrial clusters; and the development of local technological capabilities in strategic sectors, such as mining, automotive, energy, and electronics.


The entrepreneurship cluster encompasses a number of individuals with interests in varying aspects of entrepreneurship (Harveen Chugh, Rachel Doern, Romano Dyerson, Paul Robson, Laura Spence, Catherine Wang). They contribute particularly to an innovative new MSc in Entrepreneurship. Topics of especial interest to this cluster are: corporate entrepreneurship; organisational factors that influence firms’ ability to explore and exploit opportunities; entrepreneurial orientation; cross-cultural comparative study of firm entrepreneurship; new product development in technology-based firms; the creation and development processes of new ventures; academic entrepreneurship; venture capital with a focus on science and technology; responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship; ethics and corporate social responsibility in small and medium sized enterprises and social entrepreneurship.

European business

The Group has sociologists, political scientists and economists and combines interest in the European Union as a political institution (Stephanos Anstasiadis, Michael Gold, Lutz Preuss, Laura Spence). The Group has broad interests in investigating the influence of culture, politics and institutional structures of European competitiveness. More specific areas of research interest include: EU industrial policy; 'start-up' companies in Europe; EU labour institutions; EU trade policy; corporate social responsibility and business ethics in Europe; environmental protection in Europe; small business networks in Southern Europe; and retailing and SMEs in Turkey and Southern Europe.


Research in strategy includes work on international strategy; international mergers and acquisitions; the economics of international comparative advantage; the resource-based view of the firm; dynamic capabilities; knowledge and innovation; and the organisational competence trap. Much of the research in strategy has an international focus (Luciano Ciravegna, Romano Dyerson, Huaichuan Rui, Hui Tan, Catherine Wang).


This cluster adopts a multi-focused approach with a number of individuals drawn from a range of disciplinary areas (Stephanos Anstasiadis, Lutz Preuss, Laura Spence, Diego Vazquez, and Sigrun Wagner). Research in sustainability includes the study of environmental protection; stakeholder perspectives and corporate social responsibility; public sector procurement; business ethics; social responsibility; and the development and influence of lobbying. Individuals within this cluster contribute not only to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses but also the MSc in Sustainability and Management. A dedicated research centre, The Centre for Research into Sustainability acts as a focal point for this cluster, and the College as whole, research interests in this area.

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