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 (2021) confirmed the University of Auckland Business School as the best place in New Zealand to study Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Commercial Law, Economics, Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Property.
  • We have been named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Triple E Entrepreneurship and Engagement Excellence Awards in Higher Education out of 300 entries in 2019.
  • We are the most innovative university in New Zealand in the Reuters ranking of Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities for 2019.
  • We offer state-of-the-art facilities including a dedicated postgraduate lounge and computer labs
  • Our Business School ASB Careers Centre, which was voted “Best New Zealand University Careers Service” by the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers in 2017, 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

Associate Professor Maureen Benson-Rea: international business strategy, internationalisation, networks, international marketing, European business

Dr Jose Brache: international entrepreneurship, SMEs internationalisation, inter-firm cooperation, industrial clusters, networks, international business strategy

Dr Brent Burmester: political economy of foreign direct investment and the multinational enterprise (MNE), the political behaviour of international businesses, global regulation of foreign direct investment (FDI), MNEs and human rights

Professor Natasha Hamilton-Hart: business government relations (especially in Southeast Asia), political economy approaches to institutions and collective action, financial regulation and capital mobility, with a focus on intra-Asia investment flows

Professor Snejina Michailova: (global) talent management, modern slavery, host country nationals, expatriation/repatriation, knowledge transfer across borders

Associate Professor Christina Stringer: international business (in particular Asia and Latin America), forced labour and human trafficking in the fishing industry, migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand; modern slavery and global value chains

Dr Dan Tisch:  strategic management focusing on sustainability, climate change adaptation and resilience, corporate social responsibility in international business

Dr Joseph Yan: strategy and institutional studies focusing on international business context

Dr Peter Zamborsky: international business, strategy and innovation

Past research topics

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