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Nigel Driffield

Nigel Driffield

Professor of international business, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

I am a Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, having held a similar post at Aston Business School for 10 years. I have a PhD from Reading University, and have published some 70 academic papers across a range of disciplines including international business, regional science, finance, and labour and industrial economics.
I currently hold a Leverhulme Fellowship, investigating the impact of internationally mobile capital on both home and source countries, particularly in terms of competitiveness and labour markets.

Since my PhD my main area of research has been the economics of international business. The focus of this is the nexus between firm strategy, such as location decisions, and local responses seeking to influence this in both home and host country. One strand of my work therefore includes both work rooted in management and strategy literature, explaining for example location decisions or firm performance, as well as financing decisions. The other is concerned with the impacts of international capital flows.

The literature on foreign direct investment (FDI) and multinational enterprise tends to divide into studies seeking to examine the motives for firms undertaking FDI (international economics, international business) and those that seek to evaluate the impacts of inward FDI on host countries, regions or individual markets (labour economics, industrial economics, regional science). I have made significant contributions in both of these literatures, including four papers in the Journal of International Business Studies, and I am widely cited in both.

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