MIBRU began in 1998 as a collaborative venture between the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales. From 2003 the management of the unit reverted to the University of Melbourne. The current name - Melbourne International Business Research Unit (MIBRU) - was adopted in 2010. The unit was earlier known as the Australian Centre for International Business (1998-2007) and the Melbourne Centre for International Business (2007-2010).
The Melbourne International Business Research Unit is eclectic in its research. Its members study the international aspects of a range of business phenomena, including strategy, human resource management, organisational behaviour, industrial relations and corporate history.
MIBRU is composed primarily of members from the University of Melbourne Department of Management and Marketing and the Department of Business Administration. Although the unit also has members based at other universities and institutions.
MIBRU members publish books, book chapters, research papers, conference proceedings and consulting reports spanning all fields of international business research.
MIBRU members engage in leading edge research in a wide range of international business areas. Key topics investigated by members of MIBRU include:
- Internationalisation of Australian firms and the Australian Economy
- Strategies of Multinational Firms
- Managing Cross-Cultural Relationships and Global Collaborations
- HRM practices in Multinational Firms
- Headquarters - Subsidiary Relationships
- Management Practices in Asia
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility in Multinational Firms
- Corporate Governance and Multinational Firms.
- Evaluation and Development of Research Methods and Processes
Individual members' current projects can be found at their respective web pages.
Academics associated with the Melbourne International Business Research Unit teach into a number of programs offered at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In all of our programs, our commitment to the highest standards of teaching is upheld.
Bachelor of Commerce
Specialise in International Business as part of a Bachelor of Commerce or other undergraduate degree (as breadth).
Graduate Research Degrees
MIBRU conducts occasional seminars. If you would like to be included on our seminar mailing list please contact Dr Susan Trenholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of our seminar presentations for 2014 have included:
- Andrew Delios, Professor in the Department of Strategy & Policy, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore; Unbundling the Effects of Institutions on Firm Resources: The Contingent Value of Being Local in Emerging Economy Private Equity
- Joachim Wolf, Chair of Organization Theory and Organization Design, the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany; Matrix Structures - For Which Firms Are They Appropriate and How Should Decisions Be Made?