If you are planning to undertake study or research in the area of international business I am sure that you will find international business an exciting and challenging area which examines some of the most demanding business and public policy issues facing decision-makers today.
The subject of international business deals with business activities which cross national borders or boundaries. It differs from domestic business in a number of ways. The international business climate is much more complex with different currencies, regulatory systems, cultures and risks. International businesses are often extremely large, multi-market and multi-product, and must be managed across vast distances and time differences. Although international business has existed for thousands of years, in the last fifty of so years it has grown dramatically in size and scope. This is often expressed in the term “globalisation“. Global business now embraces most of the world including the former Soviet Union, China and India, areas of the world which offer both huge opportunities and challenges.
As a business discipline international business draws on a range of other related disciplines – economics, politics, management, and cultural studies in particular. A multidisciplinary approach is often necessary given the complex nature of international business problems. Research studies draw upon these and other disciplines and a range of methodologies – both quantitative and qualitative – in an attempt to understand the determinants of international business activities.
Within AUT international business staff have research interests in a number of areas including the international business environment, Asian business, service and network industries such as telecommunications and information technology, and the impact of foreign direct investment on the New Zealand economy. AUT staff have made significant contributions to international business through the publication of books, articles and conference papers and the provision of consultancy to government, international agencies and business firms. For example, much of our understanding of the impact of foreign investment on the New Zealand economy results directly from work undertaken by our staff.
Important contributions will be made in the future through research which looks at New Zealand’s evolving trade relationships, the changing role played by foreign affiliates in New Zealand, strategic development of the telecommunications industry, the dynamic development of large emerging markets such as India and China, and how international firms can manage the new global threats that they face.
Within AUT international business is a growing discipline able to offer new papers in existing programmes and more specialist degree options. On the research side there are considerable opportunities for masters and higher level research degrees. The dynamic nature of international business means that significant new problems continue to present themselves and seeking to understand these is a continual challenge. Access to world-class staff and facilities makes AUT an ideal place to pursue your research interests in international business!
International Business Staff