International Management

PhD opportunities


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.

Research areas

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.

The role of institutions in economic development

It is now widely recognised that institutions are a major factor affecting economic growth, innovation and finance. A fifth research area within the institute addresses the role of institutions in economic development, using theoretical and empirically-grounded approaches. It also looks at business organisations from institutional and evolutionary perspectives, addressing the drivers of organisational and industrial change. 

Our academics

Professor Tony Edwards is the Director of the Institute, and is a globally-recognised Professor of International Management. Originally from King’s College London, Tony's research centres on the areas of international and comparative employment relations, focusing on multinational companies (MNCs). Tony has shed light on new phenomena and extended the understanding of others in this area, including the ways in which MNCs simultaneously integrate and differentiate the management of their international workforces, employees’ experiences of work in firms that have expanded through international acquisitions and the process of ‘reverse diffusion’ in multinationals.
Professor Geoffrey Hodgson is a world leading specialist in institutional and evolutionary economics, with a background in economics, philosophy and mathematics. His research has applications to the understanding of organisations, organisational change, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Hodgson is also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Institutional Economics [ABS rank 3]. He has published 20 academic books and over 150 articles in academic journals. He won the 2014 Schumpeter Prize for his book on Conceptualising Capitalism. 
Dr Gerhard Schnyder is a Reader in International Management and can provide expertise and guidance on the interplay between legal-institutional and political factors, as well as firm-level corporate governance practices and strategies. His current research also touches on the role of liberal and non-liberal ideas and theories on processes of institutional and regulatory change in national business systems.
London is 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. 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.

Dr Matt Vidal is Reader in Sociology and Comparative Political Economy. His research areas include the sociology of work, organizations and labour markets; political economy; comparative-historical sociology; and social theory. Matt has published numerous articles and three books on topics including work organization, teamwork and employee involvement, bad jobs, the political economy of western capitalism, institutional theory and Marxist theory.

Dr Luda Svystunova is a Lecturer in International Management. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international management and organisation theory. Her current work examines the ways in which multinational corporations from developed and emerging markets cope with multiple institutional pressures, particularly in the non-market sphere, and the role of individuals in these processes. She also has an interest in the social role and impact of business.

Dr Ling Eleanor Zhang is Lecturer in International Management. Her research contributes to a deeper understanding of people management in multinational organisations. She researches how expatriates, migrants and transnational workers, as well as local employees develop language competences and cope with challenges related to gender, cultural identity, work-life balance and career development. She has published academic articles as well as two books – Managing Expatriates in China – A Language and Identity Perspective and On Becoming Bicultural.

Dr. Jukka Rintamäki is a Lecturer at the Institute. His primary research interests revolve around corporate (ir)responsibility, collective memory, and workplace politics. Prior to Loughborough University London, Jukka was a Marie Curie Fellow at Cass Business School, and has held positions in Lund University and Aalto University. He is a regular visitor to the LUMOS group at Lund University. Jukka completed his PhD at Aalto University.

Dr Philipp Kern is Post-doctoral Researcher in International Management. His research focuses on comparative management at the intersection of institutions and firms. In particular, Philipp is interested in the role of corporate actors in institutional change processes. He has expertise in conducting comparative, longitudinal studies using mixed-methods approaches, including panel data analysis, discourse analysis, and semi-structured interviews.

Dr Kyoungmi Kim is Post-doctoral Researcher in International Management. Her research areas include workplace and institutional discourses, institutional work and practice theory. Kyoungmi has experience of conducting ethnographic research and qualitative data analysis including thematic and discourse analysis. She has published an article in Discourse and Communication, and currently working on papers with topics on negotiating institutional procedures and power relationships in multinational contexts.


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Facilities and support

By undertaking research with the Institute for International Management, you will develop a range of new skills through creative thinking, analytical reasoning and real-life problem solving. Presenting at research conferences and events will also enable you to improve your speaking and networking skills, and could provide you with new opportunities to travel overseas.
As a research student with Loughborough University London, you will have access to world-class facilities, such as our dedicated doctoral research hub, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.
Research facilities

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.

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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.

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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.

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