The department’s research concept has a clear regional, functional, and methodological focus. We seek to analyze relevant phenomena with rigorous and state-of-the art methods. Results of our research are published in leading international journals, such as International Business Review, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, and Thunderbird International Business Review, among others. However, we also aim to reach a wider audience by publishing books, and articles in newspapers and practitioner-oriented journals.

The regional focus of our research is on the emerging markets China, India, and Russia. These countries are characterized by high economic growth, absorb a high proportion of worldwide FDI and are increasingly relevant in terms of outward investment. At the same time, emerging markets are faced with severe institutional voids and unique cultural conditions. Most of our research is aimed to analyze how these factors affect management on the firm, team, and individual level.

In particular, we analyze the market entry strategies of firms in China, India, and Russia and those of emerging market firms in developed economies. Moreover, we are interested in intercultural and international human resource management related to emerging markets. A third focus is on corporate social and environmental responsibility.

Our research is entirely empirical. When exploring new research topics, we often conduct case studies to familiarize with the relevant aspects and to involve practitioners. The main focus, however, is on quantitative studies which may either involve surveys or secondary data.

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