Professor Hinrich Voss

Professor Hinrich Voss


I am Professor of International Business at the Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL). I am interested in the relationship and interaction between multinational enterprises (MNEs) and institutions. This interest has evolved into a research strand on Chinese and emerging market MNEs (EMNEs) and one on sustainability and ethics. I am associate editor of Transnational Corporations and on the editorial review boards of Journal of International Business Policy, Management and Organization Review, and Asia Business & Management.

From 2014 to 2017 I was Director of the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds and together with my Chinese co-Director and our outstanding team established strong relationships with local policy makers, cultural institutions, and industry. The latter was partially achieved through the Leeds City Region China Business Club of which I was the Elected Chair. The Club was a platform for bringing together stakeholders that had expertise in the Chinese market and wanted to support local businesses in expanding to China.

Before joining CIBUL, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the White Rose East Asia Centre/ National Institute for Chinese Studies.


  • Director of Student Education
  • University of Leeds AREA Faculty Research Ethics Committee member

Research interests

I am interested in the relationship and interaction between multinational enterprises (MNEs) and institutions. This interest has evolved into a research strand on Chinese and emerging market MNEs (EMNEs) and one on sustainability/ethics. My research on Chinese MNEs has investigated how their internationalisation is affected and influenced by home and host country institutions. This includes, for example, how they respond to risk. This research stream has expanded recently to consider global samples of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and privately owned enterprises (POEs). I have used this to investigate with L Jeremy Clegg and Janja A Tardios (King's College) how the internationalisation of state-owned enterprises is influenced by the home country political set-up. Ultimately, this body of research relates to questions about the international competitiveness of mainland Chinese companies and their motivation for overseas investments. I have published work related to this research strand in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Economic Geography, Management International Review, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, and Multinational Business Review and the books Determinants of Chinese Outward Direct Investment and Chinese Outward Direct Investment (with Peter J Buckley).

The research strand on international business and sustainability/ethics has been supported by funding from the British Academy and DfiD and the Sino-British Fellowship Trust (SBFT). The former funded an interdisciplinary research project with Matthew Davis, Mark Sumner, Louise Waite and Divya Singhal (Goa Institute of Management, India) on how businesses have responded to the UK Modern Slavery Act and the obligation to increase transparency on modern slavery in their global supply chains. The SBFT funded research investigated climate change stratgies of MNEs in China. I have published work related to this research in Journal of Cleaner Production and Asia Business & Management.


  • PhD in International Business, University of Leeds
  • Diplom Oekonom, University of Duisburg
  • International Teachers Programme

Professional memberships

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Chartered Management & Business Educator (CMBE)
  • Academy of International Business
  • Academy of Management
  • European International Business Academy
  • International Association of Chinese Management Research

Student education

I am teaching at Leeds University Business School since 2007 and have over the years taught at Bachelors, Masters, MBA and Executive level. Most recently I have developed and taught international business ethics on the module "Debates and Controversies in International Business" (LUBS5233) and taught on the Chinese economy. I regularly tutor BSc and MSc students and supervise International Business dissertations.

I am part of an Erasmus funded European consortium called "MNC whispering" that is currently developing video case studies for international business. Our recent publication in the Journal of Teaching in International Business discusses why a greater use of videos would be desirable. I have also contributed chapters to the International Business textbook edited by Peter J Buckley, Peter Enderwick and Adam R. Cross and published with Giles Blackburne on experiential learning in international business.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds

Current postgraduate researchers