The Centre for International Business Studies | CIBS, is a multidisciplinary research group administratively located within the Department of Business Administration.
CIBS was constituted in 1995, when professor Hans Janson with a research background from Uppsala and Lund University was appointed the inaugural holder of the special chair in International Business, sponsored during the next six years by Handelsbanken, one of Sweden's major commercial banks, and a senior partner to the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Hans-Fredrik Samuelsson from Uppsala University, who also worked at the Institute of Industrial Research and the United Nations, was in the same year affiliated to the centre as an adjunct professor.
In 2001, Hans Janson was succeeded as the director by professor Jan-Erik Vahlne formerly at Uppsala University and Stockholm School of Economics. After professor Vahlne's retirement in 2009, CIBS has been chaired by Claes-Göran Alvstam, professor of international economic geography and former Vice-Dean at the School.
The centre's research interests and focus converge broadly towards a theoretical understanding of the mechanisms of the internationalization process of organizations in International Business (IB) based on empirical investigations. To that extent, it fosters and maintains a close working relation with corporations within various industries.
The centre is host to researchers and doctoral candidates from cross-disciplinary research backgrounds that include economic geography, business administration, knowledge management, biotechnology and applied linguistics.
Faculty members the group are also responsible for courses and programmes in International Business at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.