Lecturer, International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Phone: 09-9219999 ext: 5093
Specialising in International Business, Swati Nagar has over 14 years of academic experience. Teaching across Management and Economics disciplines, she has worked at several Australian University satellite campuses in New Zealand including University of Wollongong, La Trob and the University of Southern Queensland. Currently employed at the Department of International Business, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, AUT, she teaches a range of International Business papers on Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA programmes. Her teaching interests include Business and Culture, Business in Asia and International Business Strategy and Management. Her doctoral thesis entitled – Internationalisation of New Zealand Civil Construction Firms: Opportunities & Challenges in Asia – investigated the barriers New Zealand civil construction firms are most likely to encounter when considering infrastructure development projects in emerging Asia.
Her current research interests include the internationalisation of service firms in emerging markets, international construction & labour markets and outsourcing & corporate ethical conduct. She is a member of the Academy of International Business, Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) and the American Chamber of Commerce. She serves as a reviewer for the International Journal of Emerging Markets.
She joined AUT in 2009.
As an emerging researcher in International Business, Swati is particularly interested in developing a research career with a strong focus on Internationalisation of Service SMEs in the Asia-Pacific, International Construction & Dynamics of the Labour Market in Asia and Corporate Ethical Conduct & Outsourcing. In addition to International Business, her publication record also draws upon International Management Studies.
As an example, she is currently interested in exploring the ethical dimensions of low-cost labour sourcing, and the use of forms of international outsourcing. She has started the initial stages of this research strand, with the commencement of the following preliminary joint research project:
Bringing the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) into the Australasian International Business Classroom: The Case of the Cambodian Garment Industry (Research by Dr. Swati Nagar and Dr. Fiona Hurd (co-lead))
The intent of this project is to understand the impact inward foreign investment has had on the apparel sector in Cambodia as well as analyse the human costs associated within a booming yet impoverished garment industry. As a contribution, the project team seeks to synthesise information from primary and secondary sources to propose technical policy briefs for multinationals, industry and other constituent stakeholders that play a vital role in improving the nature of operations when outsourcing especially to the emerging/underdeveloped markets in Asia. As an early contribution, a conference paper from this project was recently presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, AIB – Dubai, 2017. This project has attracted NZ$3000 funding from the PRME Movers Fund. The project was also granted a NZ$6000 fund as a part of the summer studentship from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (AUT).