• The role of government in Russian MNEs’ internationalization
    Ms Anna Zubkovskaya, The University of Auckland Business School
    17th Jul 2015 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 321, Level 3, Economics & Business Building

    Abstract: I investigate the relationships between key actors who have significant impact on the internationalization of Russian MNEs, namely CEOs, oligarchs, regional governments and the federal government. The CEOs consult both the federal and regional governments in order to make decisions in regards to their companies’ internationalization. However, this relationship and the CEOs’ conformity to the governments’ requirements is often a formality. CEOs often break formal rules and make their own rules, especially when confronted with institutional uncertainty. They use established chains of connections between government officials, oligarchs and CEOs of other companies to operate domestically and internationally. These chains of connections are developed over years and can be a very powerful tool when dealing with bureaucracy and formal institutions’ instability. The interplay between formal and informal institutions in Russia’s business environment is facilitated by established connections and plays an important role in the internationalization of Russian MNEs.
    In order to understand this interplay and the way it impacts the internationalization of Russian MNEs, I utilize institutional theory and extend current conceptualizations on the interplay between formal and informal institutions in International Business by drawing upon relevant concepts from the Political Science literature. To investigate how Russian CEOs deal with the relationships between key actors and overcome formal institutional instability to facilitate the internationalization processes of Russian MNEs, I undertook empirical fieldwork in Russia for two months. Based on the findings, I aim to develop a framework that illustrates the impact the interplay between formal and informal institutions has on the internationalization process of Russian MNEs.

    Speaker: Anna is in the final year of her Ph.D at the Department of Management and International Business, University of Auckland Business School. She emigrated to New Zealand from Russia as a teenager and has since completed degrees in hotel management and international business. During the course of her Master of International Business degree, completed at Auckland in 201x, Anna developed research interests in emerging market multinationals, business-government relationships, and Russian firms’ internationalization, all themes in her doctoral research. Anna is an active teaching assistant in international business at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Business School.

  • The role of dynamic capabilities in enhancing the performance effects of internationalization: A study of indian firms
    A/Prof Amit Karna, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
    14th May 2015 12:30pm-2:00pm Room 321 Economics and Business Building (H69)

    Abstract: Based on the marginal benefits and marginal costs arising out of  internationalization, its overall effect on performance is widely accepted to  have a horizontal S-curve shape. The relationship has been tested across  different empirical settings including those from emerging markets. In this  paper, we argue that dynamic capabilities such as dynamic management of  resource investment and dynamic management of resource deployment enable firms  to improve the positive effects of internationalization. We test our hypotheses  using data on internationalization of 837 Indian firms between 1995 and 2014.  Our results support the horizontal S-curve relationship including high  internationalization with a negative performance effect. We also find support  for a moderating role of dynamic capabilities in enhancing the performance  effects of internationalization.

    Speaker: Amit Karna  works as Associate Professor at the Business Policy area of Indian Institute of  Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), where he is also the Chairperson for the Centre  for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). Amit’s research focuses  on capabilities, innovation, industrial clusters, and internationalisation of  emerging market firms. His research is published in journals such as Strategic  Management Journal, Industry and Innovation, and European Management Review. He  also serves on the editorial board of Journal of Management. He teaches courses  in Strategy, International Strategy, and Innovation. Amit worked as Assistant  Professor at the European Business School (Germany) from 2009-2014. He has also  been a Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of  Business in 2011. Amit obtained his doctoral degree in Strategy from Indian  Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Prior to academics, he worked in the  industry for five years with an Indian multinational business group.

  • Globalization of Emerging Market Firms: Implications for Australian Companies
    Klaus Meyer, CEIBS, Shanghai
    25th Nov 2014 3:30pm-5:30pm CBD Campus, 17th Floor, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000

  • Industry Workshop - The New Emerging Market Multinationals: Four Strategies for Disrupting Markets and Building Brands
    Prof Amitava Chattopadhyay, INSEAD Singapore
    2nd Apr 2014 3:00pm-5:00pm The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

  • Matrix Structures - For Which Firms Are They Appropriate and How Should Decisions Be Made?
    Prof Joachim Wolf, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany
    23rd Jan 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building (H69)

  • Internationalization and innovation: A surprising link in Russian innovative firms
    Dr Irina Mihailova, Aalto University, Finland
    20th Jan 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 214/215, Economics and Business Building (H69)

  • Industry Workshop - Emerging Market Turbulence: Implications for Australian Organizations
    Vikas Kumar; Hans Hendrischke, The University of Sydney
    1st Nov 2013 9:30am-12:30pm The University of Sydney Business School CBD Campus, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

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  • Industry Workshop - Outsourcing and Offshoring for global competitiveness
    Vasudeva Rao Gollamudi (Vasu), Director, Credit Operations, Citibank
    28th Oct 2013 2:30pm-4:00pm Darlington Centre, Conference Room

  • Industry Workshop - Managing in a global organization
    Jane Hodgen, TATA Consultancies Services, Australia
    11th Sep 2013 11:00am-1:00pm Darlington Centre, Conference Room

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  • Culture, Gender, Family Firm and Entrepreneur Characteristics, and Firm Performance and Work-Life Balance in India and Brazil
    Ravi Sarathy, Northeastern University, Boston, USA
    11th Mar 2013 12:00pm-1:30pm Darlington Centre The Boardroom

  • Global Strategies for an Emergent India
    Vikas Kumar, University of Sydney; Nandakumar MK, Indian Institute of Management, Khozikhode; Saptarshi Purkayastha, Indian Institute of Management, Khozikhode,
    27th Dec 2012 - 28th Dec 2012 Khozikhode, India

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  • Home country resource munificence and firm internationalization: A multilevel analysis of MNEs from emerging and developed economies
    A/Prof Bo Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
    24th Apr 2012 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 6, Darlington Centre

  • Leveraging India: Strategies for Global Competitiveness
    Sid Gray; Vikas Kumar; Ram Mudambi; Chinmay Pattnaik,
    11th Apr 2012 9:00am - 12th Apr 2012 5:00pm Sydney, Australia
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  • An Exploration of the Role of Local Entrepreneurship and Multinational Firms in the Growth of Bangalore's IT Sector
    K. Kumar, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
    4th Apr 2012 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 6, Darlington Centre

  • Organisational Ecology and Economics Transition in China
    Jane Lu, National University of Singapore, Singapore
    22nd Mar 2012 12:00pm-1:30pm Room 310, China Studies Centre, Old Teachers' College, The University of Sydney

  • Emerging Market Firm Competitiveness: Internationalization, Innovation and Institutions (3Is)
    Convenors: Sid Gray, University of Sydney; Vikas Kumar, University of Sydney; Ram Mudambi, Temple University,
    11th Nov 2011 - 12th Nov 2011 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Entrepreneurs' political capital and resource acquisition: How does institutional change matter in a transition economy?
    Haiyang Li, Rice University
    7th Jun 2011 12:00pm-1:30pm
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