Dr Brent Malcolm Burmester

Research | Current

Research specialisations

Main interest is the political economy of foreign direct investment and the multinational enterprise. Current research centres on the causes and implications of the international relocation of production by MNEs. Research interests also include globalisation, the political behaviour of international businesses, global regulation of FDI, and the role of FDI in development.

Teaching | Current

Teaching specialisations

International business environment, political strategy, MNE-government relations, FDI policy,
globalisation, MNE theory, and political economy of the MNE.

2012 INTBUS 151G Firms across Frontiers
2012 INTBUS 201 Foundations of International Business
2012 INTBUS 305 Governing International Business


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Burmester, B., & Scott-Kennel, J. (2019). Hide and seek: evasion and search as FDI motivation. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 15 (4), 273-295. 10.1108/cpoib-07-2018-0064
  • Burmester, B., Michailova, S., & Stringer, C. (2019). Modern slavery and international business scholarship: the governance nexus. CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, 15 (2-3), 139-157. 10.1108/cpoib-02-2019-0011
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48023
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer, Snejina Michailova
  • Stringer, C., & Burmester, B. M. (2017). Slavery in the fishing industry: A question of governance. Paper presented at Conference on Global Production, Singapore. 6 December - 8 December 2017.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer
  • Li, A., Burmester, B., & Zámborský P (2017). Subnational differences and entry mode performance: Multinationals in east and west China. Journal of Management and Organization10.1017/jmo.2017.59
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39304
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Zamborsky
  • Li, A., Burmester, B., & Zamborsky, P. (2016). Sub-national entry mode selection. Paper presented at EURAM 2016 Conference: European Academy of Management Annual Conference 2016, Paris, France. 1 June - 4 June 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Zamborsky
  • Burmester, B. M. (2016). MNE human rights infringement: The logic of international action. Paper presented at CSR-HR Workshop on Human Rights and the Multinational Enterprise, Pisa, Italy. 4 February - 5 February 2016.
  • Burmester, B. (2016). FIFA: Scandalous sponsorship. North Ryde, Australia.
  • Burmester, B. (2016). Upgrading or unhelpful? Defiant corporate support for a marine protected area. Marine Policy, 63, 206-212. 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.019


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 4122
New Zealand

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