Rudolf R. Sinkovics is Professor of International Business at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), U.K., where he is Director of CIBER (Comparative and International Business Research Centre) and AMBS Director of Research. He previously held a number of visiting scholar positions, including Michigan State University, University of Oklahoma, USA and at University of Otago at Dunedin, New Zealand.
His research interests are on inter-organisational governance, the role of ICT, and research methods in international business. Recent work is geared at rising powers, emerging markets and drivers of economic change.
He received his Ph.D. from Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU-Wien), Austria.
His work has been published in International Business and International Marketing journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Marketing and International Marketing Review. He also serves on the editorial boards of international journals including International Business Review, Journal of World Business, Critical Perspectives of International Business, International Marketing Review, Research in International Business and Finance and der Markt. He teaches in the areas of Global Marketing, Multinational Management and Research Methodology. Born in Austria, he now lives and works in Manchester, UK.
a PhD supervisions
I welcome PhD applications that fall within the broader CIBER research agenda and my research interests in particular.
- Rising powers and emerging countries: 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 incorporate these in 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 and international business: ICTs have tremendous impacts on inter-firm partnerships and facilitation of relational exchange. However, the impacts of not uniquely positive (e.g. “virtuality trap”) and context dependent. New forms of ICTs and social media allow for new governance modes and new forms of innovation (e.g. crowdsourcing, open innovation, open access in scholarship, etc.).
b PhD supervisions current
- Samia Ferdous Hoque (Full time, Start 2012): Global production networks, varieties of capitalism and changes in labour standards in the Bangladesh Garment industry.
- Umair Choksy (Full time, Start 2011): Internal and external mechanisms of outsourcing vendors’ technological upgrading and power upgrading
c PhD supervisions completed
- 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: Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea.
- Shasha Yu (2011): The ‘tussle’ between headquarters’ authoritative power and subsidiaries’ resource-based power within multinational enterprises. Current position: Lecturer in International Business, University of Plymouth, UK.
- Mohd Haniff Jedin (2010): Marketing implications of merger & acquisitions in Malaysian industries. Current position: Associate Professor 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: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Leeds, 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: Associate Professor of International Business, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.