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Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Migrant and refugee employees
  • Global alliance management
  • Top management teams and digital transformation

I am pleased to talk to potential PhD students with interesting proposals that link to my research interests.


Robin is a Professor in International Business. His research interests include workplace integration of migrants and refugees, global alliance management, and strategic decision-making under deep uncertainty. His research received several international awards. He attracted prestigious research funds in Canada, China, and Germany for his research projects on grand challenges. Robin is a member of the GLOBE 2020 research project. Before joining Northumbria University, he held academic positions at Newcastle University and the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He was also invited as a Visiting Lecturer at Zeppelin University in Germany.

Robin has a high passion for teaching. His teaching covers International Business, Strategy & Organisation, Innovation Management, and empirical research methods. He received an award for outstanding teaching from the Faculty of Law and Economics (University of Bayreuth) for an undergraduate module in 2017. Moreover, he was nominated for a Best Teaching Award at Newcastle University. This nomination acknowledges his innovative efforts in developing and producing animated learning videos helping students to write their dissertations. 

Close collaboration with practitioners and knowledge transfer is an integral part of his work. On the fundament of his research, he trained and consulted policymakers and managers in MNEs, small and medium-sized companies, and non-profit organizations in Canada, China, Germany, and the UK. Moreover, his work is regularly featured in media, such as newspapers and radio.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Business Administration, PhD, University of Bayreuth

Nov 2009Jul 2014

Award Date: 15 Jul 2014

Business and Administration, Diploma, University of Bayreuth

Oct 2004Oct 2009

Award Date: 14 Nov 2009

External positions

Newcastle University

Feb 2020Apr 2023

Zeppelin University

Oct 2014Jan 2020

University of Bayreuth

Nov 2009Jan 2020


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