Strategy Entrepreneurship and International Business (SEIB)

About the group

SEIB was formed in October 2015 by previous members of CEIBIEM (the Centre for Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets) which was born out of merger in 2010 between BRESE (Brunel Research into Enterprise, Sustainability and Ethics) and CIBSEM (the Centre for International Business and Strategy in Emerging Markets).


Research areas

SEIB offers longstanding expertise in strategy, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and innovation, in many instances related to International Business. This work has opened up opportunities for the group to address contemporary global concerns around technology, entrepreneurship, governance and innovation in Europe (Suma Athreye, Maria Balta, Cristina Stoian, Dimitrios Koufopoulos, Fintan Clear and Goudarz Azar), and in emerging and developed countries (Satwinder Singh, Xiaoqing Li, Abraham Althonayan) and in transition economies (Grahame Fallon).


Funding success

The group has achieved considerable funding success, notably a £83,585 ESRC Knowledge Exchange project with the Intellectual Property Office awarded in 2012 to Suma Athreye for her project Patent use and IP Management in the UK. Maria Balta received a significant amount of funding as CI from the European Commission for the ERASMUS+ 2015 project on Social and Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneurs (over €200k). Early career researcher Cristina Stoian won an ISBE/RAKE Research Grant (2012) to investigate the role of accountants in supporting the international expansion of SMEs. Christos Pitelis has had various high profile multimillion euro projects with the European Commission, notably DYNREG and FESSUD on regional growth, and financialisation and supra-national governance, respectively.

Published work

Outputs from these and other work have been published in leading journals including Organisation Science; Research Policy; The British Journal of Industrial Relations; Work, Employment & Society; Journal of International Business Studies; Organisation Studies; International Business Review; Journal of International Management; Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal; Strategic Organisation; Regional Studies; International Journal of HRM; Management International Review and Journal of Business Ethics; and have led to policy outcomes relating to patent use and development, clusters/MNE interactions, industrial and SME policy, financialisation and supra-national governance.

Key highlights of our past activity

Our group builds on the foundations of the work conducted in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, International Business and Innovation in Emerging Markets over the years. These include highlights of our innovative teaching methods, award winning PhD students, training and knowledge transfer activities and others.

View our past highlights here 

SEIB staff members

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Abraham Althonayan

Aida Hajro

Angelo Ayios

Christos Pitelis

Christina Stoian 

Dimitrios Koufopoulos

Fintan Clear

Georgios Batsakis

Goudarz Azar

Grahame Fallon

Howard Tribe

Maria Balta

Satwinder Singh

Suma Athreye

Xiaoqing Li 

Our latest news

MBA Cohort 2012 Tackles Gang Of 65!

The MBA cohort of 2012 in their module MB5528 (International Business) undertook the task of deciphering the core of 65 management theories (see list) converting them into power points and doing class presentations.

Page last updated: Tuesday 25 October 2016