Research in international business, strategy and entrepreneurship

Global business now embraces most of the world, a world in which large emerging markets such as China and India now play a central role. However, the international business climate is much more complex with different currencies, regulatory systems, cultures and risks.

As a business discipline international business draws on a range of other related disciplines – economics, politics, management, and cultural studies in particular. 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.

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.

Staff research interests include

  • Business in emerging markets
  • China and the Commonwealth
  • Country alliances and transaction cost
  • Critical perspectives on international business and contestations of economic globalisation
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Foreign direct investment policy
  • Growth of Indian firms
  • International business environment
  • International investment policy
  • Internationalisation of small-medium sized firms, particularly within emerging markets and the construction sector
  • PPPs and foreign direct investment
  • Transnational drugs trade

Student research

There are considerable opportunities for master's 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.

Recent research projects include

  • Cross-cultural adaptation and management of New Zealand expatriates in China
  • Paths to economic growth of developing nations: An analysis using the growth strategies of seven high-performing Asian nations
  • Constraints to the internationalisation of New Zealand construction and engineering firms
  • Offshore sourcing by New Zealand businesses
  • Responses of Vietnamese food manufacturers to regional integration
  • A comparison between Māori and Chinese business values
  • The development of cross-cultural competitive advantage in relationship formation