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What will I learn?

The research in our programme deals with the firm in a globalizing world. Using the onion model to depict the topic, it consists of three layers. First, globalization affects the environment within which the firm is operating. Studying the effects can be done at various levels, ranging from the relations between countries to the level of the market for an individual good. The changing surroundings of the today’s multinational firms are studied in international economics (IE). Second, how the economic environment of the firm (and in particular the market in which it operates) affects the strategic choices and behavior of the firm is analyzed in international business (IB). Third, the changing surroundings of the firm also induce changes in the internal structure of the firm, which is at the heart of international management (IM). In a nutshell, the outside, the inside and their interaction.

Relevant research areas in GEM

The research in GEM deals with the multinational firm in a globalizing world. On the one hand, globalization affects the environment within which the firm is operating. The changing surroundings of today’s multinational firms are studied in international economics (IE). On the other hand, the changing environment of the firm (e.g., the market in which it operates, or institutions) affects the firm’s behaviour, which is at the heart of international business and management (IBM).

Research topics are:

Trade, growth, and development

Economic geography

International banking and finance

Foreign direct investment and trade

International business strategy

International strategic alliances

Comparative institutional analysis

Comparative corporate governance

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Economics and Business

Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

Expected August, September 2022

Venue

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,

Groningen,

9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Research Master degree or equivalent. Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme; Fluent in English (written and spoken).

For international students

General requirements for three-year positions (financed by the RUG)

  • Applicants must have a research Master degree or equivalent in Economics or Business.
  • Applicants with other research master degrees will be considered if sufficiently related to the research programme

General requirements for four-year positions (applicants with scholarships or own funding)

  • Applicants must have preferably a research master degree, but at least a master of science with a clear research profile.

Sufficient knowledge of English: a TOEFL score of at least 580-600 (paper), 237- 250 (computer) or 92-100 (internet), or a minimum score of 6.5 to 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System; overall; 6.5. for each section). Native speakers of English, and Dutch applicants with a VWO certificate, are exempt from this requirement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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