Claire Kilpatrick

Claire Kilpatrick


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Claire Kilpatrick is a PhD student at Queen's Management School and member of the International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing (IBEM) group.

Claire's research is centred in International Business and will explore how two megatrends - Industry 4.0 and sustainable development – combine to influence the global strategies of multinational enterprises. By transforming business practices and relationships along global value chains, 4.0 technologies such as artifical intelligence (AI), Internet-of-Things (IoT), blockchain and digital twins offer an exciting opportunity to augment the global sustainability efforts of multinational enterprises. However, unintended consequences, such as job loss from automation, exacerbation of the digital divide and significant increases in energy requirements, could hinder sustainable development. Considering these developments, Claire's research aims to explore the role of 4.0 technologies in enhancing global sustainability and understanding how managers leverage 4.0 technologies to enhance the global sustainability efforts of their multinational enterprises.

Research Interests

  • International business, global strategy, MNEs
  • Industry 4.0 technologies, innovation, digitsation, digital transformation
  • Global sustainability, grand challenges, ethics


Academic education:

  • BSc (first class hons) Business Management, Queens Management School, Queens University Belfast
  • MSc (distinction) Leadership for Sustainable Development, School of Biological Sciences, Queens University Belfast


  • Sir William Crawford Award for best student (Level 2 and 3) in Business Management
  • Fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship by Queens Management School
  • Alan Rugman Scholarship at the Henley International Business Masterclass on Economic Theory of International Business and Strategy of International Business


Teaching assistant for MGT3019 Strategic Management tutorials

Guest lecturer on non-market strategies and sustainability for Strategic Management and Global Strategy modules. 

Workshop facilitator for MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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