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International Business Masterclasses

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The Henley International Business Masterclasses are an initiative developed in the International Business and Strategy unit at Henley Business School. The masterclasses are delivered in two sets each academic year, in the Autumn and Spring session. The Spring session 2022/2023 will consist of three masterclasses which will be taught in hybrid mode on 27 March – 5 April 2023. The courses have been designed for face-to-face delivery, and participants are encouraged to attend in-person to benefit from face-to-face interactions, but those who are unable to travel to Reading will be able to attend the live sessions online via MS Teams. The masterclasses are offered to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Spring term Masterclasses 2022/2023 Application process

Participants can either attend as formally enrolled students or as non-enrolled attendees.

  • Formally enrolled students will get 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 and £460 for International students per module).
  • Non-enrolled attendance will be non-credit bearing (participants will only receive a certificate of attendance) and subject to a registration fee of £100 for one module, £180 for 2 modules and £240 for three modules.

To apply for the masterclasses in Spring 2022/2023, please complete an online application form, and email the following supporting documents to Jana Oslejova:

  • a CV
  • an academic reference supporting the application

The Spring term 2022/2023 Masterclasses application deadline is 20th January 2023.


Funding contributing towards costs of travel and accommodation for the duration of the masterclasses is available for a limited number of participants thanks to the support of the Alan Rugman Memorial Fund.

The recipients of the funding are selected via a formal process with nominations coming from PhD supervisors or other academic referees. Each applicant for the funding needs to complete an application form, and email the following supporting documents to Jana Oslejova:

  • a CV
  • an academic letter of reference

This funding is limited and we strongly encourage everyone to seek their own financial support from their institution or government.

Spring Term Masterclass Modules overview:

This course addresses the complex relations between innovation, IB and Economic Geography, by providing a state-of-the-art critical overview of conceptual and empirical research organized around the following topics:

  1. Geography of innovation and the MNE (D. Castellani)
  2. Agglomeration economies and MNE location strategy (L. Piscitello)
  3. Digitalization and Globalization: The international connectedness of city-regions (R. Mudambi)
  4. The Changing Nature of Innovation in Clusters and Global Value Chains (A. Van Assche)

IBIG syllabus 2023 here

This module is intended to provide an introduction to the role multinational enterprises (MNEs) can play in development, and how governments are able to influence the positive and negative outcomes associated with this interaction. The module will focus on issues relating to the role of MNEs in the process of industrialization and economic development. It will review the theory and evidence relating to how foreign direct investment affects the economic structure and industrial development in host countries, taking special interest in developing countries, but also drawing on the experience of the developed world.

This masterclass will consist of three elements:

  1. a set of core pre-recorded lectures, from guest lecturers, including Nigel Driffield (Warwick Business School), Axele Giroud (University of Manchester), Carlo Pietrobelli (University of Rome Tre/UNU-MERIT) and Luciano Ciravegna (INCAE Business School, Costa Rica/Dunning Centre). These will be available for streaming from the beginning of March
  2. A series of live sessions on 29-30 March, with Rajneesh Narula and others, invited experts including Ari Van Assche (HEC Montreal), Vivek Soundararajan (Bath University) and Khadija van der Straaten (Erasmus University), Luciano Ciravegna (tbc), Xiaolan Fu, Oxford University) where participants are welcome to ask questions and take part in a dialogue where we will discuss a broad topic.
  3. Participants doing PhD’s and who have dissertation topics relating to MNEs and development are invited to submit a 5-10 page outline, which highlights the key literature and the main questions that they seek to address. These documents must be submitted at the time of application. The most relevant thesis topics will be integrated into specific sessions of this module.

IBDP syllabus 2023 here

View the General Reading List here

View the General Reading List here

This is an advanced PhD course focusing on the key academic debates with regard to an understanding of cross-national differences in human resource management (HRM) and the issues in managing human resources in multinational enterprises (MNEs) operating across national borders.

The course will address the following topics:

• Intersection between IHRM and IB

• Relevance of context in international IHRM

• Global mobility post Covid-19 pandemic

• Global IHRM strategy

• Transfer of IHRM practices in MNEs

• Management of internationally mobile workers

• Process issues, field boundaries, and publication issues in IHRM

IHRM syllabus 2023 here