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Centre for Experimental Research in International Business (CERIB)

CERIB


Welcome to the webpage of the Kingston Business School Centre for Experimental Research in International Business (CERIB)

The Centre brings together researchers from different areas of expertise in experimental research of economics, psychology, social sciences and international business. The focus is on studying and understanding cooperation and conflict in the international setting. Many years of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research have contributed to theoretical frameworks and empirical investigations into the behaviour of actors from different cultural and corporate backgrounds. CERIB members conduct research into behavioural and experimental research of managers, employees, political players and entrepreneurs.

Research focus

The Centre is a platform for combining the natural laboratory of international business with experimental research. We study and investigate behaviour of managers and political players in terms of:

  • decision-making;
  • negotiations;
  • conflict resolution;
  • contracting;
  • import-export behavioural decisions;
  • entrepreneurial decision-making;
  • political behaviour;
  • managerial behaviour in multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs;
  • cultural profiling and evolutionary analysis; and
  • cognition.

CERIB aims

  • Deepen existing contacts with high profile collaborations across disciplines (economics, psychology and law) in international business.
  • Study co-operation and conflict in an experimental setting for international business and relations.
  • Strengthen international alliances with partners and develop a network.
  • Organise international symposia on international conflict resolution.
  • Offer negotiation skills workshops for business and diplomacy.
  • Generate funding from research bodies and international collaborations.
  • Publish in world class and internationally respected journals.

Membership

CERIB members have an interdisciplinary background and come from the Business School, leading universities in Britain and around the world, and also from industry.

Faculty members

Professor Ursula F. Ott - International Negotiations and Decision Making (Founder and Director)
Dr. Fatima Annan-Diab - Ethical Decision Making in International Business
Dr. Christina Butler - International Team Behavior
Dr. Konstantinos Pitsakis - Innovation Behavior in Organizations
Dr. Riccardo Vecchiato - Managerial Cognition and Strategic Decision Making

Advisory board

Professor Mark Casson (University of Reading)
Professor Thorsten Chmura (University of Nottingham)
Professor Simon Gaechter (University of Nottingham, Cedex)
Professor Pervez Ghauri (University of Birmingham)
Professor Anne-Wil Harzing (Middlesex University)

Industry collaborations

Michael Gates, Vice President of Richard Lewis Communication Ltd., Fellow of Oxford Programme of Negotiations
Samantha Macro, Regional Finance Director, Johnson Mattey Ltd., UK
Iris Schoenmaker, Schoenmaker Consulting, Netherlands

Current projects

Cultural Adaptation of Global Managers (Principal Investigator: Prof. Ursula F. Ott - British Academy-funded experiments)

X-Culture (Prof. Vas Taras, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) - research and teaching platform for virtual teams of students from around the world (more than 480 international business professors from 100 universities in 40 countries with industry collaborations) solving tasks for companies: A selected group of students affiliated to the Centre took part from January to March, 2017 and has successfully completed the challenges of Global Teams.

Events and training

Launch event in May 2017

  • Symposia on Experimental Research in Business
  • Workshops ‘Cross-cultural Experiments’
  • Training: Negotiation Skills for managers and political players

Experiments

Import-Export Negotiations – January Experiments
FDI Negotiations – March/April Experiments
Cultural Adaptation - Experiments

Sign up to the Experiments by emailing Professor Ursula F. Ott, Director of the Centre, at U.Ott@kingston.ac.uk.