Naunghathai Intakhantee

Intakhantee Naunghathai

Postgraduate Researcher

Postgraduate Researchers, Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), International Business


2012-2013: MSc International Business, University of Leeds, UK (Distinction)

2008-2012: MA Political Economy, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

2000-2004: BBA Finance, Thammasat University, Thailand (Second Class Honours)

Professional Memberships

Academy of International Business (AIB)

British Academy of Management (BAM)


2011-2012: Lecturer, Bangkok University, Thailand

2009-2011: Research Assistant for a research project on the competitive advantages of Thai firms

2004-2009: Financial Journalist, Nation Multimedia Group, Thailand


2012-present: Overseas scholarship for postgraduate study, Bangkok University, Thailand

2009: Research Funding for high potential master thesis in Political Economy, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

2008-2009: Scholarship for distinguish student in Political Economy (Highest GPA), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


Thesis title

The role of home-country institutions and firms resources in enhancing the performance of emerging-market MNEs.


Professor Mario Kafouros

Dr Hinrich Voss

Dr Elko Klijn


Political connections, corporate governance, firm performance, Foreign Direct Investment, emerging-market firms.

Thesis Synopsis

Corporate political connection is one of the important non-market strategies that firms use to reduce external uncertainty that derives from the potential for government policy to change. While many empirical studies show that there are often positive returns from linkages between the firms and politicians or government officials, there are several studies which argue that political connections can become a liability when government or political regimes change. Mixed results of studies in this area suggest that we need to look closer at with whom the firms connect. This study aims to understand the roles of the political connections made by firms, which derive from the different types of political or government positions held within the firm's board of directors. Furthermore, this study intends to advance the understanding of business-government relations that are related to internationalisation strategy. This will be done through investigating the role of the political connections on the firm's performance after a firm has expanded overseas. The investigation will also consider types of connections and interactions with outward foreign direct investment. Overall, the study aims to illustrate conditional benefits that firms can gain from using corporate political strategy.

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