Doctoral Specialization in International Business

The specialization in international business is available to doctoral students majoring in any business related discipline (i.e., marketing, management, economics, political science, etc.). It provides doctoral candidates the opportunity to acquire formal training in international, comparative, and cross-cultural dimensions of business. Since globalization continues to impact all areas of business, an international business specialization is an excellent complement to all majors, providing in-depth research and teaching expertise necessary to succeed in today’s competitive academic marketplace. An IB specialization works together with a student’s Ph.D. major, providing in-depth specialization very much valued in today’s business schools.

Why Pursue a Specialization in International Business?

As a doctoral candidate, you may wish to pursue the international business specialization in order to fulfill the following goals:

  1. Acquire a foundational knowledge of the breadth and depth of the field of international business.
  2. Be exposed to contemporary advances in the theories, concepts, and methodologies necessary for academic research in international business
  3. Gain direct experience in designing and implementing international business research projects.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the resources and pedagogical tools used in teaching international business.
  5. To align yourself with the internationalization of objectives of your future employer.


The specialization consists of 3 doctoral seminars (total of 9 credit hours) which include such topics as cross-cultural behavior, global inter-organizational relationships, and international business theory..

  • IB 9910 — Seminar in International Business Theory
    This seminar provides doctoral candidates with a comprehensive overview of the field of international business. We address an eclectic assortment of theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of cross-border business. We explore interesting research questions raised by the interdisciplinary literature. An important objective is to familiarize participants with the evolution of thought in international business, theory of the MNC, and contemporary perspectives. Each participant is given an opportunity to frame and design potential research projects in the field. 3.000 Credit hours
  • IB 9920 — Cultural Frameworks and Cross-Cultural Behavior
    The primary objective of the seminar is to examine the conceptual foundations of culture and how culture affects organizational behavior in comparative and multicultural contexts. Conceptualizations of culture are studied from a number of different disciplinary perspectives. We examine how alternate conceptualizations of culture influence research design issues. Also addressed are critical methodological issues in implementing a cross cultural study, with a particular focus on psychometric considerations, as well as recent research on the ways in which cultures vary. We also investigate how national culture affects teams, leadership, conflict, and negotiation.  3.000 Credit hours
  • IB 9930 — Global Interorganizational Relationships
    This seminar provides an in-depth review and analysis of inter-enterprise relationships in an international context, tracing key theoretical and empirical literature. Cross-border trading arrangements involve organizational actors from different cultural and institutional settings, necessitating the use of multiple theoretical perspectives to assess the complex structure and processes. Also discussed are contemporary forms of international business phenomena such as global supply chains, international strategic alliances, and other cross-border, enterprise arrangements.  3.000 Credit hours


Seminars are taught by internationally recognized faculty of the Institute of International Business who publish regularly in such leading journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, and others.  Georgia State University ranks in the top 40 universities worldwide for having published in the leading journal of the field, Journal of International Business Studies. The Institute also serves as home to the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), a national center of excellence focused on improving global competitiveness in helping U.S. businesses succeed in global markets (

Further Information

IB Specialization Doctoral Coordinator:  Dr. Leigh Anne Liu