Research courses

As a PhD student you will receive rigorous training in research methods, outstanding supervision and mentorship, and coursework that will give you both in-depth and broad subject-specific knowledge.

What we are researching

We undertake business-relevant research across a wide range of topics.

International business

  • Foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • Knowledge transfer and multi-national enterprises
  • Locational determinants of FDI
  • Economic globalisation and convergence/divergence of global standards
  • Political risk
  • Foreign market entry 

Organisational behaviour

  • Home-based and family businesses, and mobile working
  • New working practices, wellbeing and the work-life interface
  • Excellence and the development of expertise 
  • Organisational design, incentives and ownership

Strategic management

  • Nonmarket strategy and corporate political activity
  • Environmental management, and research and development partnerships
  • Business model innovation
  • Management learning
  • Strategy and structure of professional services firms 

Find a course

Find out more about applying to Surrey.

Expert support

Our Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.