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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to applications in the field of international business strategy (broadly defined) and will also consider topics in related fields such as entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic geography.


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Personal profile


Mike is a Lecturer (Education) in International Business. Since entering the university sector in 2005, he has worked at three UK university business schools (Queen's, Sheffield Hallam and Strathclyde) and been an external examiner at two others (Ulster and Aberystwyth). He has significant experience of designing, teaching and assessing modules at all levels of study - in areas such as International Business, Strategy, Innovation, Research Methods and Corporate Responsibility - receiving consistently good-to-excellent student evaluations. He is the current Associate Director of Undergraduate Education in QMS. He was previously a successful course leader at undergraduate and Master’s level and until recently coordinated the Postgraduate Exam Board process for Management programmes. Mike's research interests lie in International Business, Economic Geography and related fields. He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, research-based book chapters and commissioned research reports. He has also completed three successful doctoral supervisions as primary or co-supervisor (two f/t PhD and one p/t DBA).


International business strategy, particularly as it relates to geographic and institutional contexts and regional development; the multinational enterprise and MNE subsidiary; foreign direct investment; offshoring; global production networks/global value chains; international entrepreneurship; the Irish economies.



MGT2011 International Business (undergraduate)

MGT7174 Global Innovation Management (MSc)

MGT9203 Academic Research Project, including Business Governance & Ethics and Contemporary Issues in Management taught components (MSc), with Laura Steele


MGT3002 International Professional Development (undergraduate)

MGT7100 International Business Strategy (MSc)

Previous teaching at other universities, includes:

Multinational Enterprises and FDI (undergrad), International Strategy (undergrad and MSc), Contemporary Issues in IB (undergrad), Global Business Environment (MSc), Research Methods (MSc)



BA (Hons) in Geography (University of Leeds, 1992); PhD in Economic Geography (The University of Sheffield, 1999); Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (Queen's University Belfast, 2007). Queen's University Teaching Award 2008.


Academic leadership roles held:

Associate Director of Undergraduate Education - Student Support (current)

Postgraduate Exams Liaison Officer for 5 MSc programmes (2019-21)

Programme Director (Acting) for MSc International Business (Semester 2, 2018-19; Queen's)

Programme Director for BA (Hons) International Business (2014-18; Sheffield Hallam)

Undergraduate recruitment lead for BA International Business & BA Economics (2011-14; Sheffield Hallam)

Programme Director for MSc Management (2005-10; Queen's)


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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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