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Aston Centre for Research into International Business

The centre houses a blend of academic and practical research, with engagement with policy makers at local, national and international levels.

The Aston Centre for Research into International Business (ACRIB) was established in 2011, and is already positioned at the leading edge of research in this subject area.  Led by Professor Nigel Driffield.


Research Focus

The focus of the centre is the interaction between internationally mobile capital and local or national markets for goods, services, skills and people. This is considered in the following contexts:
  • The organisation – e.g. the relationship between multi-nationality and performance

  • The process of international technology transfer

  • The importance of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for the wider economy

  • International entrepreneurship and comparative entrepreneurship themes, including investigation of impact of institutional frameworks and policies on entrepreneurship.


Its key objective is to better understand the impacts of the increasing scale and scope of international business and investment on the firm, its home nation and its host nation.  It also aims to ensure that Aston Business School is established and recognised as a leading centre for research and expertise in international business, international economics and innovation/ knowledge transfer.

ACRIB brings together a range of business and management disciplines including international business management, entrepreneurship, international economics, finance, regional science and regional studies, management science and industrial and labour economics. This multi-disciplinary approach enables the Centre to address international business issues as a coherent whole.

Centre members have published widely in economics, business, management and regional studies, innovation, econometrics and statistics journals.  Research findings have been used by many policy makers including UK Trade and Investment, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, the European Commission, the World Bank and the Foreign Investment Advisory Service. 

Several members of the Centre were also actively involved in the successful joint ESRC/BIS/BBA/TSB  Enterprise Research Centre  bid with Warwick University.  This will bring to Aston just under £1m over the next three years.

The Centre is hosted within the Economics and Strategy Group at Aston Business School.

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