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International Business and Management

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research skills and preprofessional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

This master programme is linked to the research department of Global Economics and Management. Members of this department perform research on topics like internationalization and international organization of firms, corporate governance systems, corporate social responsibility, and institutional and cultural contexts, using a comparative design or an international perspective. Here are some examples of the researchers active in our programme:

Prof.dr. Sjoerd Beugelsdijk studies the influence of culture and cultural differences on international business phenomena, including foreign direct investment by multinationals []

Prof. dr. Alan Muller is interested in questions related to cross-border corporate social responsiveness (CSR) by multinationals []

Dr. Rian Drogendijk investigates internationalization processes of firms and subsidiary-headquarters relations in multinational companies []

Dr. Robbert Maseland studies questions related to development- and transition-economies as well as culture in an international context []

Dr. Rieneke Slager has her research interests in the area of corporate social responsibility and responsible investment; she also studies shareholder engagement and anti-corruption in an international perspective]

Dr. Kees van Veen studies questions related to corporate governance and the diffusion of sustainability practices in an international setting []

Dr. Miriam Wilhelm’s research concerns buyer-supplier relations and sustainability in global supply chains; she also has special interests in Japanese business studies and the automotive industry []

Please visit the website of the research institute Global Economics and Management to learn more about the research conducted within the MSc programme:

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  • Testimonial van Nancy Edwards

    Nancy Edwards, MSc International Business and Management

    What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future.

    "Groningen is a really beautiful city that offers everything a student can wish for. Its closeness to the countryside and North Sea only adds to its attractiveness. The University of Groningen with its scientific approach was a very interesting choice for me as the educational system is so different compared to traditional business studies in my home country, the United States. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a Master's in Accounting, I moved to Germany to do mainly internships and work. This was also the time when I first heard about the University of Groningen. As I wanted to enhance my knowledge beyond Accounting and do some more general business studies, I eventually moved to Groningen in to start the IB&M Master. I plan also to do a PhD. What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future. Although it was challenging getting used to the educational approach, I now feel very comfortable. With the right amount of effort the workload is certainly doable. Professors and staff members of the Faculty are very supportive while you follow your programme. The IB&M Master is definitely a programme I would choose again. I really feel comfortable: in Groningen and at the University."

    – Nancy Edwards
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