At The Centre for International Business, we are committed to fostering excellence in international business through cutting-edge research, transformative education programs, and strategic advisory services. Our mission is to equip individuals and organizations with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of the global economy.
Internationally, TCIB's work encompasses oil-producing nations, especially OPEC, Islamic Finance, Complexity, Debt restructuring, Islamic Sukuk, transition economies, and more. Our research program covers diverse, cross-disciplinary themes within research clusters, including:
The core members of TCIB contribute to the following areas:
Prof. Issam Tlemsani is a distinguished scholar in Islamic Banking and Finance, renowned for his expertise in the field. As a Professor of Finance, specializing in Islamic Finance, and the Research Director of TCIB, his academic journey has been marked by significant accomplishments.
Prof. Tlemsani brings over 25 years of academic experience to his role. His dedication to upholding quality standards in higher education is evident through his involvement with professional bodies like the QAA, CAA, BQA, and HEC. In these roles, he has served as an assessor and review director, contributing to the continual improvement of higher education quality.
Leading Research at TCIB
As the intellectual leader and research manager at TCIB, Prof. Tlemsani plays a pivotal role in overseeing and guiding research endeavors. His interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and solution proposals sets the standard for research at TCIB. He is the author of over 100 papers and texts published in esteemed top-tier finance journals. His research contributions have received recognition through prestigious awards and grants.
Diverse Research Areas
The research conducted at TCIB spans a wide range of areas, including:
Honours and Awards
Prof. Robin Matthews is a multifaceted professional, renowned for his contributions as an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker, and educator. With a distinguished career spanning various Business Schools, he has consistently applied economic theory and strategic concepts to address some of the most complex challenges faced by corporations, economies, and societies.
Prof. Matthews has authored over 200 articles in leading academic journals. His research encompasses a diverse set of themes, including complexity science and evolutionary applications in business, global business, alliances, economic development (with a focus on transition economies), development and simulation of complexity and games, learning, networks, and semiotics.
In addition to his extensive economic research, Prof. Matthews explores other areas of interest, including open learning and applications of new media, management and spirituality, Sufism, and Islamic Economics.
A Global Influence
Robin's extensive research has garnered recognition from governments, corporations, and academic communities worldwide. His expertise has made a substantial impact in numerous fields. His research contributions have received numerous awards, attesting to their exceptional quality and relevance.
His work touches upon a wide range of subjects, including organizational evolution, company strategy, economic development, creativity, and imagination.
TCIB collaborates with a select group of accomplished individuals, academic institutions, and the industry. The associates include:
Together, this team of dedicated professionals works to push the boundaries of economic research and offer valuable insights into the complex economic and structural challenges faced by contemporary societies.
The Centre for International Business has achieved recognition and accolades for its outstanding contributions to the field of international business and economics. Some of the notable awards and honors received by TCIB include:
These awards and honors collectively underscore TCIB's dedication to research excellence, innovation, and its substantial influence on the international business and economic communities.
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Our consultancy services have left a lasting impact on a diverse range of esteemed clients, spanning a multitude of industries. We've collaborated with prominent organizations such as the Confederation of British Trade Industry, IBM, the UK Civil Aviation Authority, BP Oil, BP Chemicals, GKN, Confederation of British Industry, Forum for the Future, British Council, Metapraxis, Sverbank, Nokia Siemens, Megafon, Novo Nordisk, Business Intelligence, Arthur Anderson, Comshare, Pilot Software, James Capel, Unichem, Marley Rooftiles, Knowhaus, Brown and Root plc, Costain plc, Coba Group, British Aerospace, British Telecom, Dalgety, Ewbank Preece, London Weekend Television, National Economic Development Council, Kings Fund, Reckitt and Colman, Legacy International (Virginia, USA), UK Trade and Investment, Far Eastern Joint Stock Company (Vladivostok), and several other Russian companies.
Our consultancy work extends to providing in-depth reports to government bodies, shedding light on alliance behavior, firm strategies, and partnerships in education. Notably, we've worked with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Competitiveness Centre (NCC), Barclays Capital, the Islamic Foundation in the UK, Maynard Leigh Associates, Grist online intelligence, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and conducted an extensive study of the Malaysian financial market.
Our journalistic endeavors have graced renowned media platforms, reflecting our commitment to sharing insights and knowledge. We've contributed to esteemed publications such as the Sunday Times and London Times, offering expert analysis and commentary. Our presence extends to broadcast journalism, with appearances on the BBC Today Programme and World Service, as well as the Money Programme. We've shared our expertise through radio, with features on Surrey Radio and Grand Rapids Press and Radio. Our engagement in media also includes collaborations with London Weekend and the production of "The Silver Lining" in partnership with VideoIBM.
These experiences in journalism and consultancy underscore our multifaceted engagement with a wide array of sectors, emphasizing our commitment to delivering impactful insights and solutions.
At the heart of our ongoing projects are dynamic collaborations with esteemed partners, such as the Confederation of British Industry, IBM, BP, Reckitt, and Colman, ACFES (Vladivostok), the King's Fund, and the Civil Aviation Authority. Our project initiatives have extended their reach internationally, particularly within the Russian Federation.
One of our significant achievements has been the establishment of an open learning management program, achieved through a robust partnership with the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. In 1999, we jointly founded the management journal "Economic Strategy" with our Russian partners, furthering our commitment to knowledge exchange and academic exploration.
Our project portfolio is both diverse and impactful, with substantial efforts dedicated to in-depth research and analysis in areas such as the Russian and Middle Eastern energy sectors, Islamic financial institutions, and the complex landscape of OPEC.
Committees and Professional Affiliations
We are deeply engaged in various editorial, advisory, and professorial committees, reflecting our commitment to advancing knowledge and expertise in diverse domains. Our affiliations include:
Our active participation in these committees and organizations highlights our dedication to research, education, and advancing knowledge in various domains.
Grants and Research Funding
Our commitment to groundbreaking research is supported by a range of prestigious grants and funding initiatives. These partnerships and grants include:
These grants and funding partnerships are vital in facilitating our groundbreaking research and reinforcing our commitment to advancing knowledge across diverse domains.
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