Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship & Business

Organisational unit: Research Centre

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The Aston Centre for Research into International Entrepreneurship and Business (ACRIEB) is positioned at the leading edge of research in international business management, international economics and international entrepreneurship. Click here for an overview presentation. It houses a blend of academic, practical and policy-relevant research and is led by Prof. Ute Stephan.


Research Focus  

ACRIEB’s objective is to better understand the impacts of the increasing scale and scope of global integration on the creation of new firms and on existing firms, as well as their home and host nations.

Research at ACRIEB studies: the nature and outcomes of international capital flows; strategic choices of multinational enterprises; and investigates the processes leading to viable entrepreneurial sectors recognizing new and growth-oriented entrepreneurial firms as a significant source of economic expansion and social inclusion.

Key research themes include:

  • The importance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the wider economy including productivity and knowledge spillovers.
  • FDI, industrial policy and regional development. Dealing with disinvestment, plant closures and economic shocks.
  • The organisation – the relationship between multi-nationality, strategy and performance.
  • International strategy and business development in emerging markets and low income countries, including Central and Eastern Europe, South East Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
  • Comparative entrepreneurship research investigating the impact of formal and informal institutional frameworks and policies on entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship including developmental and social entrepreneurship as driver of institutional change.
  • The drivers, processes and consequences of the internationalization of entrepreneurial firms.
  • Learn more about our research areasresearch projects and ongoing PhD projects.  

ACRIEB brings together a range of business and management disciplines including international business management, entrepreneurship, international economics, finance, international strategy, regional studies, management science, industrial and labour economics, business history, and cross-cultural psychology. This multi-disciplinary approach enables the Centre to address international business issues as a coherent whole. Centre members have published widely in business, management, economics, entrepreneurship, regional studies, innovation, econometrics and statistics journals. 

Three BSc and three MSc programmes directly draw on ACRIEB’s research. (Learn more here)

Research findings have been used by policy makers including UK Trade and Investment, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, the European Commission, the OECD, the World Bank and the Foreign Investment Advisory Service. (Learn more here) 

Several members of the Centre are also actively involved in the Enterprise Research Centre and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor UK.

The Centre is hosted within the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Group at Aston Business School.

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