Professor Frank McDonald

Professor Frank McDonald



M.Phil. Economics, University of Glasgow - 1977

NB The MPhil at the University of Glasgow is a taught Master programme.

B.Sc. Social Science, Loughborough University - 1975


Frank McDonald has worked in international business research and teaching for 20 years. Prior to this he worked for 20 years in the field of economic theory and the economics of the EU. He was chair of AIB UK&I Chapter from 2007 to 2011, co-founded and was co-chair of the BAM SIG in International Business and International Management (2012- 2016). He is a visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, ESC Rennes and Universitt Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder. He has been head of department and then Associated Dean at Bradford University School of Management and has held various leadership posts at the Universities of Hull and Plymouth.         


His research has been focused on issues connected to resource based views of MNC strategy and organizational structures, how institutions and spatial factors affect MNC strategy and employee relations in MNCs. His current work is centred on the interaction of formal and informal institutions and the affects on international business transactions that involve risk to intellectual property.  He is also working on MNCs strategy and operations in world cities.      

Research interests

Institutions and internationalization by firms, protection of intellectual property rights, digitalisation and Global Value Chains and the effects of geographical factors on the location and operationalisation decisions of multinational corporations. 

Professional memberships

  • Academy of International Business
  • European International Business Academy
  • British Academy of Business

Student education

Module Leader for Contemporary Issues in International Business 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds

Current postgraduate researchers