MIBRU 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 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).
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.