Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Discipline groups

International Business, Strategy and Innovation

  • About us
  • Group members
  • Our research
  • Activities
  • Research students

The International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) group comprises of teachers and researchers whose work draws on multiple disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, information systems and political science. The group is committed to the advancement of world-class management scholarship and to the development of ideas that will help managers make better sense of some of the most complex problems of globalisation and the digital economy.

Our members have published widely on issues related to entrepreneurship in emerging markets, knowledge spillovers and transfers with particular reference to Asia, digitally enabled transformations, corporate governance, executive compensation, labour mobility and economic growth, global sourcing of work, management of information technology, organisational culture and identity, power asymmetries in MNCs, managerial cognition and intercultural encounters in globally distributed organisations.

Group members’ research has appeared in world-leading scholarly journals such as Research PolicyStrategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business StudiesInformation Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and PracticeJournal of World Business, Journal of Information Technology, Journal of Strategic Information Systems and Long Range Planning. Reflecting its eclectic disciplinary base, the group’s approach to empirical inquiry cover a diverse range of methods, from mathematical modelling and simulations at one end to case studies and ethnographies at the other.

  • Academics
  • Research Fellows
  • Visiting Academics


Dr Amanda Berry
T: +44 (0)1509 223261
E: A.J.Berry@lboro.ac.uk
Enterpreneurship; enterprise education

Dr Maxine Clarke
T: +44 (0)1509 223113
E: M.L.Clarke@lboro.ac.uk
Entrepreneurship; student mobility; entrepreneurial activities

Dr Lan Gao
T: +44 (0)1509 222437
E: L.Gao@lboro.ac.uk 
FDI; trade; mobility; China; Chinese expatriates

Dr Ian Hodgkinson
T: +44 (0)1509 223865
E: I.R.Hodgkinson@lboro.ac.uk
UK public services; strategic planning

Dr Julie Holland
T: +44 (0)1509 228834
E: J.Holland@lboro.ac.uk
Enterprise education; UK SMEs; social innovation

Dr Andrea Lagna
T: +44 (0)1509 228143
E: A.Lagna@lboro.ac.uk
Financial innovation; derivatives markets; fixed-income markets; financialisation; political economy; social studies of finance

Dr Eleni Lioliou
T: +44 (0)1509 223106
E: E.Lioliou@lboro.ac.uk
Global sourcing of technology

Professor Xiaohui Liu
T: +44 (0)1509 223349
E: X.Liu2@lboro.ac.uk
China; FDI; returnee entrepreneurs; technology spillovers

Professor M.N. Ravishankar (Head of Discipline)
T: +44 (0)1509 228823
E: M.N.Ravishankar@lboro.ac.uk
Globalisation and India; offshore outsourcing; digital innovations

Dr Silvia Masiero
T: +44 (0)1509 223648
E: S.Masiero@lboro.ac.uk
Digital innovations and social impact; emerging markets; globalisation and social inclusion; anti-poverty systems in the developing world

Professor Ilan Oshri
E: I.Oshri@lboro.ac.uk
Globalisation; offshoring; outsourcing

Dr David Roberts
T: +44 (0)1509 223645
E: D.Roberts@lboro.ac.uk
Post-conflict entrepreneurship; developing countries; global security; social resilience

Natalie Sermon
T: +44 (0)1509 228005
E: N.M.Sermon@lboro.ac.uk

Dr Taku Tamaki
+44 (0)1509 222755
E: T.Tamaki@lboro.ac.uk
International relations; political risk analysis; Asia-Pacific; Japan; Japanese foreign policy

Dr Alex Wilson
T: +44 (0)1509 228809
E: A.Wilson8@lboro.ac.uk 
Management education; management jargon; the future of business schools

Dr Helen Xia
T: +44 (0)1509 223145
E: T.Xia@lboro.ac.uk 
Technology innovation; new product development in SMEs

Dr Angelika Zimmermann
T: +44 (0)1509 228845
E: A.Zimmermann@lboro.ac.uk
Globally distributed teams; off-shoring

Research Fellows

Visiting Academics

  • Dr Jiangyong Lu is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, China.
  • Professor Enjun Xia is a Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology.
  • Our Research

Our Research

The following is an illustrative list of research interests organised loosely into the three thematic clusters:

International Business

Corporate governance and internationalisation; Human mobility and International knowledge spillovers; Executive pay practices; Returnee entrepreneurs; Foreign market entry; Performance of Chinese high-tech firms; International negotiations; Cross-cultural management and teams


Global sourcing strategies; Strategic management of information technology; Culture, identity and strategy; Strategy planning and implementation; Organising for virtual work; Institutions and firms in emerging markets; Managing globalisation in India and China; International team-work


Social Entrepreneurship; Strategy and social media; Outsourcing of Innovation; Innovation in management education; Enterprise and innovation; Innovation in high-tech firms; Technology start-ups; Public-sector innovations.

  • International activities
  • Conferences
  • Journal Editorships
  • Awards

International Activities

Professor Xiaohui Liu is the Vice President of the Chinese Economic Association (UK/Europe).


Professor Xiaohui Liu is President of the Chinese Economic Association (UK) from 04/2008, and she has organised two CEA conferences: the 19th CEA Annual Conference, Cambridge University, April 2008 and a joint conference of the CEA and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, September 2008

Dr Ravishankar Mayasandra is Associate Editor of the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2010 and Associate Editor of the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) 2010.

Dr Ravishankar Mayasandra was a guest speaker at the ESRC centre for socio-cultural change: Workshop on Gender, Service Work and the Cultural Economy, University of Manchester, UK, Feb 2008.

Journal Editorships

Professor Ilan Oshri is the Senior Editor of the Journal of Information Technology

Dr Xiaohui Liu is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies.


Professor Xiaohui Liu and Professor Trevor Buck (with Xiaohui Liu, Y. Wei and Xiaming Liu) won the Best Competitive Paper prize at the Academy of International Business (AIB) UK and Ireland (UKI) conference, Bath University, 2005, ‘The Trade Development Path and Export Spillovers in China: A Missing Link?’

Dr Angelika Zimmermann, Professor Xiaohui Liu and Professor Trevor Buck won theBest Competitive Paper prize at the AIB (UKI) conference, Portsmouth University, 2008, ‘Employee Tenure in China: Comparing Foreign Joint Ventures’

PhD candidate Sigrun Wagner was awarded the Neil Hood and Stephen Young Prize for the Most Original New Work at the Doctoral Colloquium of the AIB (UKI) conference at Portsmouth University, 2008

  • Current PhD Students
  • PhD Graduates
  • Thinking of doing a PhD?

Current PhD Students

Darwina Ahmad Arshad (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Paul Hughes and Prof Trevor Buck) ‘Strategic Improvisation and Malaysian High-Tech Firms’

Ou Dai (FT, Supervisor Prof Xiaohui Liu) ‘Returning Entrepreneurs and their Role in Technology Transfer and Internationalisation’

Andrei Gurca (FT, Supervisor Dr M.N. Ravishankar) ‘The Influence of Internet-Enabled Technologies on Customer Agility: A Strategic-Cognitive Perspective’

Xiaoti Hu (FT, Co-supervisors Dr Regina Frank and Dr Angelika Zimmermann) “Social Entrepreneurship in China”

Abd Rahim Jaguli (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Ursula Ott and Prof Xiaohui Liu) ‘FDI and Technology Spillovers in Malaysia’

Lianghui Lei (FT, supervisor Dr. Ursula F. Ott) 'The Impact of Regional Differences on Sino-Western Negotiations'

Ramya Parthasarathy (FT, Supervisor Angelika Zimmermann) ‘Global talent management systems in Indian firms’

Lee Staley (FT, co-supervisor Dr. Ursula F. Ott and Prof. Jim Saker) 'The Strategic Role of International Joint Ventures in the Automotive Industry'

PhD Graduates

Dr Cynthia Akwe ‘The Process of Creating Dynamic Capabilities’

Marc Bollbach (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Angelika Zimmermann and Dr. Nicola Bateman) ‘Country-specific Barriers to Implementing Lean Production in China’

Dr Yi Yin Chang ‘HRM Strategies and Emerging Economies’ MNCs in the UK - The Case of Taiwanese MNCs in the UK’

Dr Amon Chizema ‘Neo-Institutional Theory and German Executive Stock Options’

Dr Jay Fattorusso ‘Executive Pay and UK Firm Performance’

John Fitzakerley (PT, Co-Supervisors Profs Trevor Buck and Geoff Chivers) ‘Railway Safety’

Dr Ian Hodgkinson ‘Strategies in Local Authority Leisure Suites’

Trien Le Vinh (FT, Co-Supervisors Dr Amon Chizema and Prof Trevor Buck) ‘Chinese Privatization: State Ownership and Firm Performance’

Sigrun Wagner (FT, Co-supervisors Dr Ursula Ott and Prof Malcolm Hill) ‘Political strategies of Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) across the European Union and its Member States, with a special focus on Environmental Regulations’

Thinking of doing a PhD?

The International Business, Strategy and Innovation Group can offer qualified PhD supervision in a number of areas:

  • Globalisation, Offshoring, Outsourcing, Emerging Technology, or Management
    Contact: Ilan Oshri
  • The internationalisation of Chinese firms; the role of FDI; human mobility and technology spillovers; innovation and channels for international technology spillovers with special reference to China.
    Contact: Xiaohui Liu
  •  Globalisation and India; Culture and Strategy; Offshore outsourcing 
    Contact: M.N. Ravishankar
  •  Outsourcing Contracts; Governance and Control in IT outsourcing 
    Contact: Eleni Lioliu
  •  Strategic planning and improvisation; Ambidextrous strategies; Middle managers and strategy; Product-strategy in high-tech industries
    Contact: Ian Hodgkinson
  • International teams, Expatriate adjustment, Human resource management in China
    Contact: Angelika Zimmermann

The group welcomes applications from suitably qualified graduates, particularly those with a relevant Masters degree. For students interested in further information on potential PhD projects and supervisors, please look carefully through our webpages.

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