International Business and Strategy (IBS) at Henley Business School offers 3 fully-funded PhD scholarships for September 2022 entry.

Join high calibre doctoral candidates from more than 25 countries in the world and study at a triple-accredited global business school. Henley Business School is ideally located, set on a beautiful campus, just 25 minutes by train from London. During your studies you will benefit from dedicated supervision, impressive facilities and high-quality support.

For over 50 years we have stood at the forefront of teaching and research in International Business (IB) and we continue to help define the research agenda in the field as well as in Business History and International Human Resource Management (IHRM). As a part of our program, we offer the International Business Masterclasses, which allow to engage in key IB and IHRM topics taught by notable intellectual figures in the field and provide networking opportunities with PhD students from all over the world. Our research is driven through leading centres, such as the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business and the Centre for Economic Institutions and Business History.

Alongside the PhD in International Business and Strategy, we offer a Double PhD with the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). The Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering at Politecnico di Milano has a strong commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research activities. Their PhD is highly international and graduates are held in high esteem - not only in academia - but also in public institutions and companies where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. This 4-year Double PhD programme allows PhD students enrolled at the Henley Business School to spend a period of normally 12 months at Politecnico di Milano and benefit from joint supervision by one member of faculty from each institution throughout their career. There shall be one oral examination (“Viva”) and one thesis to be submitted by the student for the Double PhD Programme. Prospective candidates for this programme should clearly mention it in their PhD application at Henley Business School.

The PhD in International Business and Strategy and the Double PhD emphasise:

As part of your personal development, you will be encouraged to engage in teaching (formal training also provided), research activities, conferences and events within the Business School and around the world.



We welcome applicants seeking to conduct postgraduate research in the following fields:

To help identify your fit with the departmental research agenda, a summary of the research interests of our faculty members and links to their academic profiles are available at


You should have obtained a Master degree at distinction or merit level in a relevant area from an internationally recognised university. Relevant research and/or industry experience may be considered for those with exceptional strengths.

As part of the application process, you will also be asked to submit a research proposal. Prior to your submission, you may wish to discuss your proposal with an individual faculty member working in the area. Please avoid contacting multiple faculty members.


The application process normally consists of three main steps:

1. Formal application (incl. research proposal, CV, transcripts and reference letters)

2. Shortlisting based on the submitted documents

3. Formal interview

For fees (covered if fully funded), please visit the Graduate School website.


The 3
fully funded PhD scholarships are awarded based on the quality of your research proposal, outstanding academic merit and two reference letters (preferably from academics). The closing date for funding applications is 15 June 2022.



Please visit our website at for full details on our PhD program and tips for a successful application. If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at [log in to unmask].



Davide Castellani | Professor of International Business and Strategy

Director of PGR Studies in International Business and Strategy

Whiteknights Campus | Reading | RG6 6UD

+44 (0) 118 378 8846 |

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Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera G.V., Zanfei A. (2022) Cross-Border Innovation in a Changing World. Players, Places and Policies, Oxford University Press.

Castellani D., Perri A., Scalera G.V., (2022) Knowledge integration in multinational enterprises: The role of inventors crossing national and organizational and boundaries, Journal of World Business, Volume 57, Issue 3, April 2022,

Andersson M., Castellani D., Fassio C., Jienwatcharamongkhol V. (2022) Leaving the Multinational: The Likelihood and Nature of Employee Mobility from MNEs, Journal of International Business Studies,

Castellani D., Marin G., Montresor S., Zanfei A. (2022) Greenfield Foreign Direct Investments and Regional Environmental Technologies, Research Policy, Volume 51, Issue 1, January 2022,

Castellani D., Lavoratori K., Scalera V. and Perri A. (2022) “International Connectivity and the Location of MNE Knowledge-Intensive Activities. Evidence from US Metropolitan Areas”, Global Strategy Journal,

Barba Navaretti G., Castellani D., Pieri F. (2022) “CEO Age, Shareholders' Monitoring and Organic Growth.” Small Business Economics,

Elia S., Greve P., Vallone T., Castellani D. (2021) The micro-foundations of industrial diversification through foreign acquisitions: the multifaceted role of CEO experience, Long Range Planning, Volume 54, Issue 6, December 2021,

Lavoratori K. & Castellani D. (2021) "Too close for comfort? Micro-geography of agglomeration economies in the United Kingdom," Journal of Regional Science, Volume 61, Issue 5, November 2021,

Békés, G., Benito, G. R., Castellani, D., & Muraközy, B. (2021). Into the unknown: The extent and boldness of firms' international footprintGlobal Strategy Journal, Volume 11, Issue 3, August 2021, Pages 468-493



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