Since my PhD my main area of research has been the economics of international business. The focus of this is the nexus between firm strategy, such as location decisions, and local responses seeking to influence this in both home and host country.
Some recent externally funded projects:
Leverhulme Fellowship: inward investment and local economic development: 2013 -2015.
ESRC: Who really gains from inward investment
ESRC: Maximising the benefits of inward investment. (A follow on award working with GBSLEP and Business Birmingham):
ESRC: FDI, governance and firm performance.
OECD: The location of high technology activity.
BIS Foresight: The future of inward investment in manufacturing, part of the BIS foresight report into the future of manufacturing.
I am a Professor of International Business at Warwick Business School, and I am also Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement. As well as pursuing academic research, I also work with a number of stakeholders, both locally and nationally on issues relating to inward investment and economic development.
An example of my impact work can be found here:
I am on the editorial review board of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business and Global Strategy Journal and was a member of the Management and Business Panel for REF2014.
More generally, I have held 5 ESRC awards, and have carried out research and consultancy projects for UNCTAD, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, and in the UK several Government Departments including UKTI and BIS, and several local Regional Development bodies in the UK and elsewhere.
Driffield, N. L., Pereira, V. and Temouri, Y. (2017) "Does offshore outsourcing impact home employment? Evidence from service multinationals", Journal of Business Research
Delis, A., Driffield, N. L. and Temouri, Y. (2017) "The global recession and the shift to re-shoring : myth or reality?", Journal of Business Research
Driffield, N. L., Love, J. H. and Yang, Y. (2016) "Reverse international knowledge transfer in the MNE : (where) does affiliate performance boost parent performance?", Research Policy, 45, 2, 491-506
Temouri, Y., Driffield, N. L. and Bhaumik, S. K. (2016) "A strategic perspective of cross-listing by emerging market firms : evidence from Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa", Journal of International Management, 22, 3, 265-279
Driffield, N. L., Mickiewicz, T. and Temouri, Y. (2016) "Ownership control of foreign affiliates : a property rights theory perspective", Journal of World Business, 51, 6, 965-976
Bhaumika, S. K., Driffield, N. L. and Zhou, Y. (2016) "Country specific advantage, firm specific advantage and multinationality – sources of competitive advantage in emerging markets : evidence from the electronics industry in China", International Business Review, 25, 1, 165-176
Crotty, J., Driffield, N. L. and Jones, C. (2016) "Regulation as country specific (dis-)advantage : smoking bans and the location of FDI in the tobacco industry
", British Journal of Management, 27, 3, 464-478
Driffield, N. L., Love, J. H. and Menghinello, S. (2010) "The multinational enterprise as a source of international knowledge flows : direct evidence from Italy", Journal of International Business Studies, Volume 41, Number 2, 350-359
Bhaumik, S., Driffield, N. L. and Pal, S. (2010) "Does ownership structure of emerging-market firms affect their outward FDI? The case of the Indian automotive and pharmaceutical sectors", Journal of International Business Studies, 41, 3, 437-450
Driffield, N. L. and Love, J. H. (2007) "Linking FDI motivation and host economy productivity effects: conceptual and empirical analysis", Journal of International Business Studies, Volume 38, Number 3, 460-473