Research and Faculty Development

The following elements of the program are designed to enhance the capabilities of faculty and doctoral students to conduct international business research.


Dissertation Travel Support


One of the main obstacles to doctoral students doing international research is the expense of international travel.  International travel awards are made to students based on a faculty panel review of an applicant’s dissertation proposal.  


Faculty Research Support


  1. Competitive proposals for faculty research and travel support are reviewed by a small committee and appropriate grants made, perhaps specifically targeting junior faculty.
  2. International business academic speaker series.   Two eminent researchers in the international business area are invited for typical academic colloquia (one in Fall and one in Spring).  Faculty from Southern California universities are be invited to attend the two sessions.
  3. International business speaker series.  Two high-level industry speakers per year (one in Fall and one in Spring) are invited to speak to the MSB community – students, alumni, corporate partners, etc. on international business topics.
  4. Travel expenses for delivering papers at academic conferences in foreign countries.
  5. Sponsorship of visiting scholars from foreign countries.
  6. Best paper awards (including cash) for both PhD and junior faculty.


Faculty Development


As the faculty expands, the school is focusing its efforts to further develop our pre-existing strengths in the international arena. Currently, we have dozens of faculty members actively engaged in international research. Funding for endowed chairs in international business is key in this endeavor.


Faculty Interchanges


The initial foreign country of focus for this academic feature will be Cuba. Conferences will be held annually, alternating between the University of Havana and UCI. The first will be scheduled in 2016. The topics, participants, and processes will be determined by a committee including members from both universities. For the session in Irvine interested faculty from the UC System and other West Coast universities are invited. In Havana, scholars from other Cuban universities are likewise welcome. Doctoral students travel is also be supported for work on specific research projects.

Indeed, faculty members at both institutions are collaborating on project for winter 2016 that involves both research and teaching. The program includes negotiation simulations, lectures/discussions, and video presentations regarding negotiation styles around the world. The program will began with pairs of Cuban managers participating in a two-person negotiation simulation and then completing a questionnaire. The data collected will be compared to similar data from 20 other cultures, and will be the basis of an academic research paper on Cuban communication dynamics.


Visiting Faculty


Every year the Merage School welcomes a cohort of visiting faculty from around the world and nearly every continent. These scholars enrich the learning environment for students, faculty and the community at large.



Research Translations


Visit our Research Translations Page for high level research "translated" into applicable, practical knowledge for today's business executive.