Prof Rudolf R. Sinkovics


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PhD supervisions

I welcome PhD applications that fall within the broader research agenda of the “Responsible international business (RIB) research group” and my research interests in particular.

  • Rising powers: How does the economic dynamism in emerging countries, in particular China, India and Brasil, transform the contours of the global economy and with what consequences? How does the rise of lead firms from these contexts challenge IB theory and point at potentially different patterns of growth? What are the economic and social outcomes of these transformation processes?
  • Global value chains and international business: Global Value Chains (GVCs) have exploded in the past decade and refer to the international dispersion of design, production, assembly, marketing and distribution of services, activities, and products. Analytically, frameworks for GVC analysis have been developed outside the IB field and only recently recognition has developed to build on these frameworks and combine these with IB thinking. What are the consequences for firms (especially smaller firms) to engage and work within GVCs, what are the opportunities to engage and generate both economic and social value? What are the antecedents and consequences of insertion into GVCs and governance dynamics for cross-border collaboration? What about economic and social upgrading?
  • Business strategies and capability development: Business strategies, capabilities and structures vary and change within and across different countries and institutional contexts. Emerging market firms are frequently challenging conventional thinking about innovation and economic development (reverse innovation, catch-up strategies). What are the implications for development of business strategies and capability development?
  • Information and communication technologies, Industry 4.0, platform technologies and international business: ICTs, platforms and recent disruptive technologies have tremendous impacts on inter-firm partnerships, the facilitation of relational exchange and the geographical organization of international business activities. However, the impacts are not uniquely positive (e.g. “virtuality trap”), context dependent and consequences on distributional outcomes (impacts on labour, profit-capture and rents) are not fully understood. New technologies allow for new governance modes, disrupt innovation (e.g. crowdsourcing, open innovation, open access in scholarship, etc.) and impact on the competitiveness of specific sectors.

 PhD supervisions - completed

  • Samia Ferdous Hoque (2016): Suppliers’ strategies towards economic and social upgrading: the drivers and the implications. Current position: Research associate, The University of Manchester, AMBS
  • Umair Choksy (2015): Managing global demands in adverse environment and upgrading in global value chains: Resilience of Pakistani software firms. Current Position: Lecturer in International Business, University of Kent.
  • Thomas P. Hiebaum (2013): Product innovation and knowledge protection in the relationship between automotive first-tier suppliers and OEMs in China: an empirical investigation. Current Position: General Manager, Hella Fahrzeugteile Austria.
  • Misagh Tasavori (2012): Corporate social entrepreneurship at the bottom of the economic pyramid: antecedents and outcomes in India. Current position: Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship, University of Essex, UK.
  • Yong Kyu Lew (2011): Governing international technology alliances – innovation capabilities and performance outcomes in the mobile computing market. Current Position: Associate Professor of International Business, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea.
  • Shasha Yu (2011): The ‘tussle’ between headquarters’ authoritative power and subsidiaries’ resource-based power within multinational enterprises. Current position: Lecturer in International Business and Strategy, Middlesex University, UK.
  • Mohd Haniff Jedin (2010): Marketing implications of merger & acquisitions in Malaysian industries. Current position: Senior Lecturer in International Business and Strategy, University Utara, Malaysia.
  • Vassiliki ‘Vicky’ Bamiatzi (2009): Industry and firm level factors contributing to divergence from the industry trend - An examination of UK companies. Current position: Senior Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, University of Liverpool, UK.
  • Ruey-Jer 'Bryan' Jean (2008): The impact of market orientation on international channel relationship, performance and the effect of B2B internet-marketing integration. Current position: Professor of International Business, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

PhD supervisions - current

  • Ji-Hye Kim (started 2016): CSR and human rights in international business