The International Business Study Group, founded in 1984, is a unit of the Sprott School of Business established to conduct, co-ordinate, and disseminate the results of research in international business by the school’s faculty members.


The Group’s activities revolve around the following research domains:

  • Global strategy
  • Global mobility
  • Country image and related topics
  • International marketing
  • International entrepreneurship
  • Other IB areas of interest

Given the breath of these IB research domains, the IBSG actively select specific research themes related to global concerns where we can help create positive social impacts by drawing on our members’ expertise. All actors of the global world and their ecosystems are considered: MNEs, emerging firms, SMEs, international new ventures, and born global firms, in the formal as well as the informal economy, in developed and emerging nations. Research is conducted in collaboration with local and global research collaborators and funded through member or institutional grants or contracts with various public and private sector organizations.

An important mission of the group is to disseminate research results to a wide audience. To this end, IBSG organizes conferences, workshops, and similar events, assists the Sprott School of Business in internationalizing the curriculum of its various programs, and supports individual research publications by its members, where needed, through mentoring and other collaborations within the group and with associated researchers elsewhere. Our members are heavily involved in editorship: One of our members is the founding and contributing editor of the Africa Journal of Management, while several others are associate editors or on editorial boards of academic journals.

Members of IBSG actively pursue the development of external links internationally and in Canada. Activities in this area include research and other linkages with foreign scholars visiting Carleton, visits abroad, and international projects by IBSG faculty members, involving more than 30 countries over time. On-going interactions are maintained with scholars affiliated both with universities linked to the Sprott School of Business through formal exchange agreements and with several other universities and related institutions worldwide.

Founding Director: Dr. Nicolas Papadopoulos, Chancellor’s Professor, International Business