International Business Masterclasses

International Business Masterclasses

Castellani_and_Santangelo_IB_and_Innovation_PhD_masterclass_syllabus__March_2017.pdf2016-2017 Masterclasses
Participants’ testimonials
Scholarships
Scholarship Application Process
Practical details about travel and accommodation in Reading

The Henley International Business Masterclasses are an initiative developed in the International Business and Strategy unit at Henley Business School. We provide these intensive courses on current debates and conceptual issues in International Business to give broader learning opportunities to younger scholars. Each masterclass offers the opportunity to engage in key International Business topics taught by notable intellectual figures in the field.

The masterclasses are delivered in two sets each academic year, in the Autumn and Spring session. The first set consists of 2 modules which are delivered over a week, typically in November. The second one consists of 4 modules delivered over two weeks, typically in April.

The Autumn session 2017-18 will consist of the first set of two masterclasses and these will run between 30 October and 3 November 2017.

The Spring session will consist of the second set of three masterclasses. Dates to be confirmed.

The masterclasses are offered to PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers. The number of students attending each course is strictly limited to 30. The masterclasses provide networking opportunities and allow developing global partnerships.

Participants can either attend as formally enrolled students or as non-enrolled attendees. The first option will provide formal recognition in the form of credits. Participants will be awarded 10 credits per module, an equivalent of 5 ECTS credits, upon the positive evaluation of coursework and payment of a tuition fee (£230 for Home/EU students and £460 for Overseas students per module). The second option is free of tuition charges and will be non-credit bearing (participants will only receive a certificate of attendance). 

A limited number of very competitive scholarships is generously offered from the Alan Rugman Memorial Fund.

Applications for the masterclasses in  Autumn 2017/18 can be made by email to Daria Radwan, and should include the following supporting documents:

  • a CV
  • an application form duly filled
  • an academic reference supporting the application and a request for a scholarship if applicable

Application deadline for the Autumn term 2017/18 masterclasses is to be confirmed.

Autumn term 2017/2018 Masterclasses

Date of delivery: 30-31 October 2017
Venue: Room, 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Economics of International Business
Instructor: Mark Casson, Henley Business School

Date of delivery: 1-3 November 2017
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Strategy of International Business
Instructor: Alain Verbeke, Henley Business School

Spring term 2016/17 Masterclasses

Date of delivery: 27-28 March 2017
Venue: Room, 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: International Business, Development and Policy
Instructor: Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School
View syllabus here

Date of delivery: 29-31 March 2017
Venue: Room, 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: International Business, Innovation and Geography 
Instructor: Davide Castellani, Henley Business School and Grazia D. Santangelo, Università degli Studi di Catania
View syllabus here

Date of delivery: 3-5 April 2017
Venue: Room, 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Long Run Developments of International Business Theory
Instructor: Marina Papanastassiou, Middlesex University and Bob Pearce, University of Reading
View syllabus here

Autumn term 2016/17 Masterclasses

Date of delivery: 31 October-2 November
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Economics of International Business
Instructor: Mark Casson, Henley Business School
Masterclass syllabus by Mark Casson
Masterclass syllabus by Gabriel Benito

Date of delivery: 2-4 November 2015
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Strategy of International Business
Instructor: Alain Verbeke, Henley Business School
Masterclass syllabus 

Spring term 2015/16 Masterclasses

Date of delivery: 11–12 April 2016
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: International Business, Development and Policy
Instructor: Rajneesh Narula, Henley Business School and a guest speaker
Masterclass syllabus

 Date of delivery: 13–15 April 2016
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus.
Masterclass title: Innovation, International Business and Geography
Instructors: Davide Castellani, Henley Business School and Lucia Piscitello, Politecnico di Milano.
Masterclass syllabus

 Date of delivery: 18–19 April 2016
Venue: Room G10 & 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: International Business and International Human Resource Management
Instructors: Chris Brewster, Henley Business School and Chul Chung, Henley Business School.
Masterclass syllabus 

 Date of delivery: 20-22 April 2016
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus.
Masterclass title: Long Run Developments of International Business Theory
Instructors: Marina Papanastasiou, Middlesex University and Bob Pearce, Henley Business School
Masterclass syllabus 

Autumn term 2015/16 Masterclasses

Date of delivery: 2–4 November 2015
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Strategy and International Business
Instructor: Alain Verbeke, Henley Business School
Masterclass syllabus

Date of delivery: 5–6 November 2015
Venue: Room 108, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus
Masterclass title: Economics of International Business
Instructor: Mark Casson, Henley Business School
Masterclass syllabus

 Participants’ Testimonials

 Some years ago the studies of Professor Alan Rugman, Professor Alain Verbeke and their colleagues inspired me to focus my research interests on MNEs. Therefore, I was keen to attend the Strategy and International Business Masterclass by Professor Verbeke which gave me a unique opportunity to interact with one of the scholars who developed  theories I based my research on. The masterclass helped to explain the dominant IB theories in a very comprehensive, and at the same time concise manner, but it also went beyond that. I was shown how to be constructive, stick to the point, but at the same time, take at least some of the existing theories and concepts with a pinch of salt. I had an opportunity to learn from a world-class IB scholar, sincerely committed to sharing his knowledge and experience with all participants, many of which are at the beginning of their academic careers. I had an opportunity to meet a group of young scholars from around the world. And last but not least, I was impressed with the hospitality and kindness of the hosts.

Marlena Dzikowska, PhD, Poznan University of Economics and Business
November 2016

The masterclasses were brilliant in that we listened to experts in their respective fields of research and we were given the opportunity to network with other research colleagues. Importantly, we discussed current themes and where theory had traversed through time to where we are now and what could possibly be areas of interest in the future. The experience itself was insightful, provocative and had the impact of motivation to delve deeper into our own areas of research. Personally, I will be reviewing some of the ideas and work I have done to date across the knowledge and learnings I have just obtained from this course of study. The opportunity to maintain strong links with those that attended and the presenters themselves is perhaps a key benefit of the week that stands out. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering attending the masterclasses and finally, I would like to comment on the excellent facilities and wonderful administrators who made the stay delightful.

Gareth Jones, PhD candidate, Auckland University of Technology Business School
November 2016

I had the unique opportunity to attend the International Business Masterclasses taught by Prof Alain Verbeke, Prof Mark Casson, and Prof Gabriel Benito in November 2016. It was a pleasure to meet and interact with the professors who are among few top scholars in the field of International Business. Their approaches to IB and to the internalization theory were fairly different. I see this as an asset of the programme which introduced me to the contemporary and conflicting insights and let me reflect on these various approaches in my future research. I valued the chance to present my proposal and receive critical feedback. The programme allowed me to meet fellow PhD students from all around the world and develop networking and collaboration opportunities. I was honoured to meet Mrs Helen Rugman and receive my certificates of attendance from her directly. I am thankful to Mrs Rugman for sponsoring my studentship and providing me with the invaluable opportunity to attend the masterclasses at Henley Business School. I am also grateful to the organizers for their kind hospitality and taking a good care of us during the programme.

Ramazan Arikan, PhD candidate, Ozyegin University
November 2016

  "The International Business Masterclasses  have been a great learning forum for PhD researchers from around the world. The instructors demonstrated vast research and teaching experience. The concepts taught in IB, Development and Policy masterclass by Prof Rajneesh Narula inspired me to conduct further research. The content  was delivered in a straightforward manner, with a high dose of humor. The International Business, Innovation and Geography masterclass by Prof Castellani and Prof Piscitello enabled me to gain insights into IB research in the European context. Also, I would like to give my sincere thanks to Mrs Helen Rugman for sponsoring the Alan Rugman scholarship which enabled me to travel to Reading and gain valuable experience. Thank you to all who were involved in organising and delivering the masterclasses programme."

Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani, Phd Masterclass Participant, Pune, India
April 2016

   "The International Business, Innovation and Geography Masterclass by Prof Davide Castellani and Prof Lucia Piscitello extended my understanding of the topic. The structure of the class was well designed and helped me establish clear links between relevant concepts. I am especially grateful for the opportunity of
giving a presentation and receiving constructive feedback from both junior and senior discussants. This was truly inspirational for my research. A fantastic programme!"

Tianli Wu, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne
April 2016

    ”The Strategy and International Business Masterclass by Prof Alain Verbeke was a great opportunity to interact with   senior IB scholars of world class. It also provided an excellent and comprehensive overview of the dominant IB theories. It helped me gain theoretical clarity in my own research, which is otherwise empirically driven. The possibility to network with PhD students from around the world was an added value of the class.”

Michal Budryk, PhD Candidate, Uppsala University 
November 2015

Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the Alan Rugman memorial fund, we are able to offer some funding support for the PhD students and postdoctoral scholars. The fund contributes towards costs of travel and accommodation for the duration of the masterclasses.

Scholarship Application Process

The recipients of the scholarships are selected via a formal process with nominations coming from PhD supervisors or other academic referees. Each application consists of a letter of nomination, a candidate's CV,  and an application form. Masterclass applicants should note the number of scholarships is limited and we strongly encourage everyone to seek their own sources of funding from their institution or government. 

Application deadline for the Spring term 2016/17 masterclasses is 15 January 2017.

 

 

 

 

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Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact Daria Radwan by email at d.m.radwan@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 6597.