Doctoral study in International Business

Why study with us?

  • We are one of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-led business schools: Our Business School is in the 1% of Business Schools worldwide to hold Triple Crown accreditation from the leading international bodies: AACSB International, EFMD-EQUIS and AMBA
  • The QS World University Rankings by Subject (2018) confirmed the University of Auckland Business School as the best place in New Zealand to study Accounting and Finance, Commercial Law, Business and Management, Economics, Property and Information Systems
  • We are the most innovative university in Australia and New Zealand, ranked 27th, in the Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities ranking
  • We offer state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated postgraduate lounge, computer labs and the Business Information Centre
  • Our Business School ASB Careers Centre, which was voted “Best New Zealand University Careers Service” by the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers in 2015, can help you with career planning, delivered through a programme of skills workshops, employer interactions and individual support

Research opportunities

When you join us for your doctorate in International Business, you'll join a high-calibre research community and have the opportunity to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop your network in academia and industry.

We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our key research specialisations:

Accounting and Finance

  • Finance
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting

Commercial Law

  • Governance and financing of business enterprises
  • Intellectual property, innovation and information
  • Taxation and regulation
  • The legal environment of international business


  • Econometrics
  • Microeconomics and experimental economics
  • Industrial organisation, regulation, energy, transport and environmental economics
  • Labour markets, education, health and public policy
  • Macroeconomics and finance
  • International trade and development economics

Management and International Business

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Management, people and organisations
  • Strategy and international business


  • Consumer behaviour
  • Contemporary issues in branding
  • Marketing, practice and service innovation
  • Sustainability and societal issues in marketing


  • Commercial property markets
  • Housing markets and urban change

Our people

Pursue your topic with us and benefit from exceptional standards of support and supervision from internationally recognised researchers.

Professor Kenneth Husted (Head of Department): corporate entrepreneurship, innovation and research management, knowledge management, management of R&D and research commercialisation

Dr Maureen Benson-Rea: International business (particularly Europe) and strategic management

Associate Professor Christina Anne Stringer: International business (in particular Asia and Latin America), New Zealand’s primary industries including fisheries, dairy and forestry, with a particular focus on Asia

Associate Professor Christine Woods: Entrepreneurial behaviour, social entrepreneurship, Māori entrepreneurship, family business, SME growth, SMEs, innovation and entrepreneurship

Associate Professor Ljiljana Erakovic: Corporate governance, boards of directors, governance in not-for-profit organisations, organisation theory, organisational design, privatisation and public sector management

Past research topics

  • "How do Host-Country Nationals Support Self-initiated Expatriates' Cross-Cultural Adjustment?" | Supervised by Professor Snejina Michailova and Nina Laack
  • "What are the complexities of repatriation adjustment that hinder the success of the repatriation process?" | Supervised by Professor Snejina Michailova and Shannon McLeish
  • "International New Ventures and the Power of their networks" | Supervised by Dr Maureen Benson-Rea and Ellen Mitchell
  • "The good, the bad, the ugly and the in between: An exploration of non-discrimination policies in the workplace" | Supervised by Dr Barbara Plester and Shayal Prasad
  • "Emerging Market Multinationals and Spillovers to Home Country Local Firms" | Supervised by Dr Peter Zamborsky and Min Song
  • "The impact of foreign direct investment on social inequality in South Korea" | Supervised by Dr Brent Burmester and Rachel Yu
  • "Same, same but… Different? Why is Assigned expatriates' Cross-Cultural Adjustment difficult in a culturally similar environment?" | Supervised by Professor Snejina Michailova

Scholarships and awards

There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your doctoral studies in International Business.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Barry Spicer and Owen G Glenn PhD Scholarship

Non-University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Contact us

Phone the University

  • 923 7186 (within Auckland)
  • 0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
  • +64 9 373 7513 (overseas)
For specific information on doctoral study in International Business, please contact the Department of Management and International Business.

Apply for doctoral study