The Institute for International Management is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the globalisation of economic activity and the implications for patterns of work and governance.
London, one of the world’s leading hubs for global business and trade, is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Our inspiring location offers a unique learning environment for anyone who shares a passion for international business, as Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in business, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.
Who should apply?
If you are interested in globalisation and the contemporary changes in the world economy, or the rise in economic and political power of the BRIC countries and other emerging market economies, a PhD with the Institute for International Management could be for you.
Our areas of research:
Globalising actors/activists in multinational companies
The Institute is currently involved in a major ongoing ESRC funded project investigating globalising actors, namely those who create, disseminate and implement new global norms in multinational companies.
Law, corporate governance and development
This research area focuses on the role of macro-level factors in shaping globalisation, specifically how governments and international organisations, through their reform programmes, shape the convergence process of corporate governance practices.
The internationalisation of firms from emerging economies
A third area of study of the Institute is the rapidly growing outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) from emerging economies. This research area seeks to understand the institutional determinants and consequences of OFDI from emerging markets.
Comparative political economy of work
A fourth research area within the Institute focuses on the comparative and historical analysis of work and employment relations within Europe and North America.
This includes investigating models of global best practice for work organisation and labour management, such as lean production and business process re-engineering.
Facilities and support
How to apply
Apply now All MPhil and PhD applications must be made online.
Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we strongly recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail.
To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for International Management, please visit the Institute for International Management staff page. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.
PhD facilities and support
As a PhD student with us, you will have 24-hour access to our dedicated research hub, stunning library and fully-equipped kitchen facilities.
PhD fees and funding
Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future. Visit our fees and funding pages to find out whether you are eligible for financial support towards your studies.