Michael Crone

Dr Michael Crone

Senior Lecturer in International Business


Mike is an experienced university lecturer and researcher, specialising in the areas of International Business and Economic Geography. He is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) International Business, on which he also leads core 2nd year and final year modules, and he also teaches on MSc modules and supervises MSc, DBA and PhD students. He is an external examiner at Ulster University and has previously had this role at Aberystwyth University. Before joining Sheffield Hallam, Mike previously worked at Queen's University Belfast, the University of Strathclyde and the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre. Mike's has a Bachelor's degree in Geography (University of Leeds) and PhD in Economic Geography (University of Sheffield). A particular focus of his early research was the interaction of multinational firms and host regional economies. This research was published in a number of international peer-reviewed journals. Mike's current research interests, doctoral supervisions and recent projects are concerned with: the place, space and organisation of corporate service offshoring (especially from the host economy perspective); geographical aspects of the 'international new venture' phenomenon; institutional influences on entrepreneurship, SME internationalisation and global value chains; the geo-organisational strategies of MNEs; and conceptual work at the interface between IB and Economic Geography.



  • 2001: Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, Queens University Belfast
  • 1999: PhD in Economic Geography, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1992: BA (Hons) Geography, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

PG External Examiner


  • 2014: University of Ulster, United Kingdom
  • 2011 to 2014: Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom

Senior Lecturer in International Business

Teaching expertise

  • International Business


  • International business, Economics and Entrepreneurship


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

International Business


Journal articles

Makhmadshoev, D., Ibeh, K., & Crone, M. (2015). Institutional influences on SME exporters under divergent transition paths: Comparative insights from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. International Business Review, 24 (6), 1025-1038. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2015.02.010

Crone, M. (2007). International Business Geography: Case Studies of Corporate Firms. Journal of Economic Geography.

Hewitt‐Dundas, N., Andréosso‐O'callaghan, B., Crone, M., Murray, J., & Roper, S. (2005). Selling global, buying local? What determines the sourcing patterns of multinational plants in Ireland? Regional Studies, 39 (2), 225-239. http://doi.org/10.1080/003434005200060072

Hewitt-Dundas, N., Andréosso-O’Callaghan, B., Crone, M., & Roper, S. (2005). Knowledge Transfers from Multinational Plants in Ireland. European Urban and Regional Studies, 12 (1), 23-43. http://doi.org/10.1177/0969776405048498

Roper, S., & Crone, M. (2003). Knowledge Complementarity and Coordination in the Local Supply Chain: Some Empirical Evidence. British Journal of Management, 14 (4), 339-355. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8551.2003.00383.x

CRONE, M., & WATTS, H.D. (2003). The Determinants of Regional Sourcing by Multinational Manufacturing Firms: Evidence from Yorkshire and Humberside, UK. European Planning Studies, 11 (6), 717-737. http://doi.org/10.1080/0965431032000108387

Crone, M. (2002). Local Sourcing By Multinational Enterprise Plants: Evidence From the UK Regions and its Policy Implications. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 20 (1).

Crone, M., & Watts, H.D. (2002). Stability and change in the supply chains of multinational plants: the managerial voice. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 93 (3), 287-301. http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9663.00203

Crone, M., & Roper, S. (2001). Local Learning from Multinational Plants: Knowledge Transfers in the Supply Chain. Regional Studies, 35 (6), 535-548. http://doi.org/10.1080/00343400120065705

Crone, M., & Watts, H.D. (2000). MNE Supply Linkages and the Local SME Sector: Evidence from Yorkshire and Humberside. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 15 (4), 325-337. http://doi.org/10.1080/02690940010010783

Book chapters

Crone, M. (2016). Offshoring, Outsourcing and Services FDI in Europe’s ‘Old Periphery’: Probing the Experience of Northern Ireland. In Beerepoort, N., Lambregts, B., & Kleibert, J. (Eds.) Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth (The Dynamics of Economic Space). (pp. tbc). Abingdon: Routledge

Johnston, A., & Huggins, R. (2016). Knowledge-based services and economic development: Contributions to growth and resilience in European regions. In Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kleibert, J. (Eds.) Globalisation and services-driven economic growth : Perspectives from the Global North and South. (pp. 75-89). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315585055

Crone, M. (2016). Offshoring, Outsourcing and Services FDI in Europe’s ‘Old Periphery’: Probing the Experience of Northern Ireland. In Beerepoot, N., Lambregts, B., & Kloosterman, R. (Eds.) Globalisation and New Patterns of Services Sector Driven Growth : perspectives from the North and South. (pp. 119-141). Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Globalisation-and-Services-driven-Economic-Growth-Perspectives-from-the/Beerepoot-Lambregts-Kleibert/p/book/9781472470133

Makhmadshoev, D., & Crone, M. (2014). Exploring the influence of the national institutional environment on SME exporters: comparative evidence from Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. In Thai, M.T.T., & Turkina, E. (Eds.) Internationalization of firms from economies in transition the effects of a politico-economic paradigm shift. (pp. 303-332). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar: http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781783474691.xml

Crone, M. (2013). New Venture Internationalisation and the Cluster Life Cycle: Insights from Ireland's Indigenous Software Industry. In Cook, G., & Johns, J. (Eds.) The Changing Geography of International Business [Academy of International Business (UKI) Series]. (pp. 239-259). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137277503.0022

Crone, M. (2013). New venture internationalisation and the cluster life cycle: insights from Ireland’s indigenous software industry. In Cook, G., & Johns, J. (Eds.) The changing geography of international business. (pp. 1-8). Basingstoke: Palgrave: http://doi.org/10.1057/9781137277503.0022

Crone, M. (2002). Local Sourcing by Multinational Enterprise Plants: Evidence from the UK Regions and the Implications for Policy. (pp. 131-149). SAGE Publications: http://doi.org/10.1068/c0026

Theses / Dissertations

Woodhouse, D. (2020). Institutional varieties andentrepreneurship: an empirical analysis. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Johnston, A., & Crone, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00348

Sweeney, M. (2018). Absent presence: can psychoanalytic theory contribute to our understanding of strategizing? (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Crone, M. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00086


Crone, M. (2015). City-regions, International Business and (Uneven) Development : Some Observations and Themes for Future Research. Presented at: British Academy of Management Annual Conference (Symposium on Cities and the Strategies of Multinational Corporations), University of Portsmouth, 2015

Crone, M. (2015). Comparing and Contrasting International Business and Economic Geography Perspectives on the ‘Place, Space and Organisation’ of Service Offshoring. Presented at: Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 42nd Annual Conference. Special track on 'Geographies of Cities: Rescaling International Business', Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015

Crone, M. (2014). Strategic (re)coupling with GPNs via 'offshored' corporate services: early observations on the experience of Northern Ireland.

Crone, M. (2012). New venture internationalisation and the cluster life cycle : interdisciplinary insights on Ireland’s indigenous software industry. Presented at: Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 39th Annual Conference, University of Liverpool, 2012

Crone, M. (2012). Re-thinking ‘peripherality’ in a knowledge-intensive service-dominated economy.

Crone, M. (2011). Towards an Understanding of Traded/Offshore Services Investment in Northern Ireland Since the Late 1990's.

Crone, M., & McCoy, P. (2011). Service Offshoring and Cultural Differences: Evidence from a US Financial Services Multinational’s Operations in Three EU Countries. Presented at: Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) 38th Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 2011

Crone, M. (2010). Geographical Context and Early Internationalizing Firms: Towards an Inter-Disciplinary Conceptualization.

Crone, M. (2010). Research at the Economic Geography-Management Interface: Reflections on Two Recent Projects.

Crone, M. (2010). Rethinking the MNE Subsidiary-Host Region Nexus in the Context of Corporate Service.

Other publications

Crone, M. (2009). Practising Local Cluster Initiatives: Insights and Lessons from an Irish Case - Working Paper.

Crone, M. (2009). Sticking Points and Contingent Outcomes: The Influence of Path Dependence, Regional Preconditions and Institutional Mode on Local Cluster Promotion - Working Paper.

Crone, M. (2005). We Are Content...We Are not Content: Investigating SME's in the Digital Content Industry on the Island of Ireland - Research Report for The Midas Initiative, Dundalk Ireland.

Other activities


  • 2009: University Teaching Award, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Research funding or grant

  • 2009: On shifting sands: How have multinational enterprise subsidiaries in Northern Ireland upgraded, repositioned or survived within evolving corporate networks and global value chains? Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions

  • 2014:Director of Studies / PhD supervisor (1 student)

Completed supervisions

  • 2010:PhD Supervisor (1 student)

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