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Martin Owens

Doctor Martin Owens BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in International Business


I am a Senior Lecturer in International Business at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University. I currently teach Foreign Direct Investment and Multinationals, International Strategy and Managing International Business. I have published my research in quality peer reviewed journals such as Environment Planning A, International Business Review, Industrial Marketing Management and Critical Perspectives in International Business. I have a PhD from the University of Ulster. I won the best doctoral paper award at the Academy of International Business conference, UK.

I am primarily interested in two major research areas. First, the intersection of political violence and international business. Second, the use of cooperative strategies in international business.

I joined Sheffield Hallam in the summer of 2018. I was previously a Lecturer in International Business for 12 years at the University of Bradford. At Bradford, I managed the BSc International Business and Management course and have taught a range of subjects in international business, strategy and general management across all levels. I have supervised three doctoral students to completion and currently supervising three doctoral students. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a post-graduate certificate in Higher Education. 



  • 2009: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 2006: PhD International Business, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
  • 1999: MSc Marketing Studies, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
  • 1998: BA Business Studies, University of Ulster, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer


Department of Management

Business, Technology and Enterprise

International Business

FDI and MNEs (BA)
International Strategy (BA, MSc, MBA)
Managing International Business (BA)
International Business in Emerging Economies (MSc, MBA)
Strategic Management (BA)
Applied Business Strategy (BA)
International Environment (BA, MSc)
Principles of International Business (BA)


The Russo-Ukraine War: the impact on MNEs through an institutional perspective
Terrorism and International Business

 I have 15 years experience of supervising doctoral students in the area of international business and inter-firm co-operation. I have also examined doctoral students both internally and externally.


Key Publications

Olubajo, L., Dimitri, P., Johnson, A., & Owens, M. (2022). Managing inter-organisational collaborations to develop medical technologies: the contribution of inter-personal relationships. Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology.

Journal articles

Owens, M. (2021). Exploiting Bullets: International Business and the Dynamics of War. Critical Perspectives on International Business.

Nuraddeen, N., Owens, M., & McQuillan, D. (2021). International entrepreneurship from emerging to developed markets: an institutional perspective. International Marketing Review.

Yakimova, R., Owens, M., & Freeman, S. (2021). The ‘visible hand’ behind cooperation in franchising: A model of franchisor practices that influence cooperation within social networks. Industrial Marketing Management, 94, 66-89.

Yakimova, R., Owens, M., & Sydow, J. (2019). Formal control influence on franchisee trust and brand-supportive behavior within franchise networks. Industrial Marketing Management, 76, 123-135.

Owens, M., Ramsey, E., & Loane, S. (2018). Resolving post-formation challenges in shared IJVs: The impact of shared IJV structure on inter-partner relationships. International Business Review, 27 (3), 584-593.

Owens, M., Palmer, M., & Zueva-Owens, A. (2013). Institutional forces in adoption of international joint ventures: Empirical evidence from British retail multinationals. International Business Review, 22 (5), 883-893.

Owens, M., Zueva-Owens, A., & Palmer, M. (2012). Partner identification and selection of joint ventures in international retailing. Service Industries Journal, 32 (3), 383-410.

Owens, M. (2010). Equity ownership and control of international joint ventures in the retail sector. International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 20 (5), 559-581.

Palmer, M., Owens, M., & de Kervenoael, R. (2010). Paths of the least resistance: Understanding how motives form in international retail joint venturing. Service Industries Journal, 30 (6), 965-989.

Palmer, M., O'Kane, P., & Owens, M. (2009). Betwixt spaces: Student accounts of turning point experiences in the first-year transition. Studies in Higher Education, 34 (1), 37-54.

Owens, M., & Quinn, B. (2007). Problems encountered within international retail joint ventures: UK retailer case study evidence. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 35 (10), 758-780.

Palmer, M., Owens, M., & Sparks, L. (2006). Interdisciplinary (Retail) Research: The Business of Geography and the Geography of Business. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 38 (10), 1775-1783.

Palmer, M., & Owens, M. (2006). New directions for international retail joint venture research. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 16 (2), 159-179.

Conference papers

Yakimova, R., & Owens, M. (2017). The structure of commitment and its relationship with co-operation among franchisees of retail franchises. In British Academy of Management Conference (BAM), Warwick, UK.

Owens, M., Zueva, A., & Palmer, M. (2013). Inter-firm diversity and shared management IJVs: empirical evidence from British MNEs. In British Academy of Management Conference (BAM), Liverpool, UK.

Owens, M., Zueva, A., & Palmer, M. (2008). International joint venture motives in retailing: a knowledge based view. In European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference, Tallin, Estonia.

Owens, M., & Palmer, M. (2008). Institutional forces influencing international joint venture motives: a study of British retail TNCs operating in South East Asia? In Academy of International Business (AIB) Conference, Milan, Italy.

Palmer, M., Owens, M., & Sparks, L. (2006). Talking past one another? Re-examining the retail-geography disciplinary interface. In Academy of Marketing Conference, Middlesex University, London, UK.

Palmer, M., & Owens, M. (2005). International retail joint venture activity: new research directions. In 15th International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades, Sweden.

Owens, M., Quinn, B., & Alexander, N. (2004). Motives for international joint venture formation in retailing. In Annual conference of the Academy of International Business (AIB), Unversity of Ulster, Magee.

Owens, M., Quinn, B., & Alexander, N. (2004). Equity joint venture formation processes in international retailing. In Recent advances in retailing and services science conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

Owens, M., Johnson, A., Drakolis, T., & Wang, C. How does SME perceived environmental uncertainty influence structuralbusiness network development? Evidence from Greek Tourism SMEs. In Academy of International Business.

Yakimova, R., Owens, M., & Freeman, S. The ‘visible hand’ behind cooperation in franchising: Towards a framework of centralised practices that influence cooperation within franchise network. In British Academy of Management.

Theses / Dissertations

Drekolias, T. (2021). Perceived environmental uncertainty and network development: the case of Greek SMEs. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Owens, M., Johnston, A., & Wang, C.

Postgraduate supervision


Mr Abiola Adebayo (with Dr Fariba Darabi and Dr Imtiaz Mostafiz), Exploring the SME management of institutional voids in emerging markets

Mrs Linda Olubajo (with Dr Andrew Johnson and Professor Paul Dimitri), Value and dynamics of inter-personal relationships in University-Industry collaborations.

Ms Caroline Fusi (with Dr Diana Sharpe), Informal institutions and the emergence of co-opetition in the fashion sector.


Dr Theo Drekolias (2020) (with Dr Andrew Johnson and Professor C. Wang). SME networking and environmental uncertainty: an empirical investigation in the Greek SME sector
Dr Salah Alawadhi (2013), “The role of institutional systems and government policy in securing foreign direct investment in Kuwait”, University of Bradford.
Dr Nuraddeen Nuru (2017), "The entrepreneurial process of emerging market entrepreneurship to developed markets: an institutional theory perspective", University of Bradford.
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