International Business Department hosts prestigious international doctoral event

Between 17 and 19 April 2024, the International Business Department hosted the Nordic Research School of International Business (NORD-IB) Module II.

Over three days, the International Business Department at Leeds University Business School, in partnership with the Alliance Manchester Business School, hosted the Nordic Research School of International Business (NORD-IB) Module II, entitled "What makes International Business unique and important as a field?". NORD-IB is a prestigious doctoral training programme provided by top North European Universities in International Business. The University of Leeds is one of only two UK partners, together with the University of Manchester, and the other partner institutions are Aalto University, BI Norwegian Business School, Copenhagen Business School, Mälardalen University, University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University.

Over three days, a host of international business scholars, including Professors Peter Buckley, Ari Van AsscheAxele Giroud, and Dr Luis Alfonso Dau joined Leeds IB scholars Professors Jeremy Clegg and Marina Papanastassiou to share their research expertise and help foster a new generation of talent. The event was opened by Professor Niall Hayes, Deputy Dean of Leeds University Business School, with a welcome from Head of International Business Department Professor Mohammad Faisal Ahammad, who also gave a lecture during the module. The event was organised and chaired by Dr Hanna Gajewska-De Mattos, a Leeds University Representative to NORD-IB, who also taught on the module.

20 doctoral students drawn from Finland (Aalto University, University of Vaasa, University of Eastern Finland, LUT University Finland), Norway (BI Norwegian Business School), Sweden (Uppsala University), Ireland (University of Galway), the Netherlands (University of Amsterdam) and the UK (University of Leeds) participated. The stimulating academic programme combined with social events allowed colleagues and students to network, exchange ideas and form connections in and beyond the classroom.

The Leeds NORD-IB module follows the introductory module hosted by the Mälardalen University last October, and the next module will take place in the Uppsala University in May. The students will continue their further exploration of international business research by focusing on “The internationalisation process – Network perspectives”.