Prof Sara McGaughey

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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)

Sara McGaughey is Professor of International Business at QUT Business School, in the School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. Her Ph.D. was awarded by the University of Queensland, and her MBA and B.A. by Monash University, Australia.

Prior to joining QUT Business School, Professor McGaughey held substantive positions in Australia (UNSW, Monash University, Griffith University) and Europe (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; University of Strathclyde, Scotland; and Leeds University, England), as well as visiting positions (Temple University, USA; University of International Business and Economics, China).  Sara currently serves as Immediate Past Chapter Chair and President of the Academy of International Business–Oceania, and on the editorial boards of Journal of World Business and Management International Review.

Professor McGaughey’s research is at the intersection of international strategy, organisation and entrepreneurship.  Sara’s research can be found in research monographs on small firm internationalisation and on corporate entrepreneurship in a MNE, as well as in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Journal of Management Studies, and Business History, among others.

Current projects include: international new venturing by portfolio entrepreneurs; how small firms shape international standards for competitive advantage through ‘institutional work’; productivity and knowledge spillovers to domestic firms through foreign direct investment; and MNE-Headquarter subsidiary relations.  Professor McGaughey enjoys working with industry professionals in her fieldwork, and has a particular interest in process-oriented qualitative methodologies and how research is conveyed.

Professor McGaughey is interested in supervising Honors, Masters and Doctoral candidates who have a passion for inquiry, ambition and capability to excel, and a commitment to rigorous, creative research.

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