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Dr Axele Giroud is Professor of International Business at Manchester Business School, and Visiting Professor with the University of Gothenburg. She is Head of the Comparative and International Business Group. Her previous leadership appointments include President of the Euro-Asia Management Studies Association, Director of the MSc in International Business and Management. She has held positions as Senior Economist with UNCTAD, Researchers with the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne, and Senior Lecturer at Bradford University. Her research interest cover issues of multinational firms strategies, technology transfer, FDI economic impact on host economies, business in emerging markets, international business and sustainable development. Dr Giroud is frequently invited as an expert for international seminars (notably some organised by DFID, the World Bank and the United Nations). She has published extensively in academic journals (notably Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Management International Review, World Development, Asian Business and Management) and has completed several research reports for major organisations such as the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation, the British Department for International Development, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the United Nations. She sits on the editorial board of five academic journals.

Research interests

Keywords: MNEs, Technology Transfer, FDI economic impact on host countries, Inter-firm linkages, Emerging Markets, International Business and Sustainable Development.
My research focuses on the interception between multinational firms' strategies and structure, FDI and sustainable development. Building on the international business literature, I integrate concepts from the international economics and development fields, in order to demonstrate the relationship between international business and sustainable development. I run projects on the strategies and management of multinational firms, inter- and intra-firms technology transfer, business linkages, and business in emerging markets with a focus on Asia. I am well published and recognised as an experts for the topics of 1) Multinational firms' strategies; 2) FDI impact and economic development ; 3) investment and sustainable development; 4) MNE linkages and upgrading of local firms; 5) international business in emerging markets.
Editorial Board Membership of Major International Business Journals
  • International Business Review
  • Asian Business and Management
  • Journal of International Business Policy
  • Journal of Industrial and Business Economics
  • International Journal of Emerging Economies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • International Business
  • Multinational Enterprises
  • Sustainable Development
  • Emerging Markets
  • Technology Transfer
  • Global Strategy


  • International Business
  • Multinational Enterprises
  • Sustainable Development
  • Global Strategies
  • Emerging Markets


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