Dr Peter Zamborsky

DPhil, MSc and MA.


Peter Zamborsky is Senior Lecturer in Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School in New Zealand. He specializes in international business and global strategy. Prior to his job at the University of Auckland, Peter was instructor at Harvard University and lecturer at Brandeis University in Boston, where he earned his doctorate. He earned his Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics. From 1999 to 2002, Peter worked for The Economist Group (a publisher of The Economist magazine) in London, UK and Europe.

His work has been published in management, international business and economics journals including Journal of Management & Organization, Journal of Business Strategy, Chinese Management Studies, Journal of East European Management Studies, Global Economy Journal and Eastern European Economics. He is on editorial boards of several journals including International Journal of Emerging Markets. His research focuses on foreign direct investment, foreign market entry modes and global strategy. Peter co-authored Contemporary International Business in the Asia-Pacific Region (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and a number of book chapters and case studies with publishers including Cambridge University Press, SAGE, Springer, and Routledge. He was quoted by media including Wall Street Journal and BBC. 

Research | Current

My research developed originally in the areas of international business and economics, influenced by work at The Economist Group in the UK/Europe and PhD studies in Boston, USA. At the University of Auckland, I have also developed interest in management (particularly strategy and innovation). Broadly, my work is predominantly in these three research streams:

Foreign direct investment (FDI): host country effects of FDI, FDI spillovers, MNEs and sub-national diversity

In my research, I have explored host country effects of FDI, in particular roles of intangibles, R&D, technology & competitiveness gap, absorptive capacity, FDI spillovers including reverse/mutual spillovers, and MNEs' roles/impact in transnational clusters, sub-national regions & Special Economic Zones, especially in Central/Eastern Europe and China.  

Foreign market entry modes: entry mode performance (JVs and M&As), non-equity foreign market entry modes

I have co-authored a number of articles and chapters on foreign market entry mode performance, focusing on cross-border JVs and M&As including the role of ownership share. I have also published on non-equity foreign market entry modes including alliances and franchising, and continue research in this area, with a focus on the service sector in Asia Pacific.

Global strategy: MNE knowledge flows, organizational capabilities, innovation motives & performance

My most recent research stream is in the area of global strategy, with a particular focus on organizational capabilities and innovation strategy. I have published articles on MNE knowledge flows and knowledge-creation capability, MNEs' risk and uncertainty management capabilities, and MNEs' motives for FDI, especially in innovation in the EU and by emerging MNEs.

Teaching | Current

Positions Held:

FromToInstitutionPosition Held

2007 2007 Harvard University, Boston, US Instructor
2005 2008 Brandeis University, Boston, US Lecturer
1999 2002 Economist Group, London, UK Researcher



2022 INTBUS 300 Firms Across Frontiers
2022 INTBUS 307 International Management and Strategy
2022 INTBUS 151 Business Across Borders


Postgraduate supervision

Current Postgraduate Supervision:

Ansab Qureshi, Once an MNE, always an MNE? Cognitive effects of multinationality (PhD candidate)

Pousonida Phin, Developing Dynamic Capability in Response to Global Business Uncertainties (PhD candidate)

Mohammad Rahman, Internationalisation of fashion retail firms from developing countries (PhD candidate)

Jospin Uwaci, Liability of Foreignness: evidence from multinational enterprises in Africa (PhD candidate)

Hai En Tan, National culture and enterpreneurial orientation in New Zealand's venture capital (MBE candidate)

Completed PhD Supervision:

Igor Ingrst (completed PhD in 2021, currently a lecturer at Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Denis Odlin (completed PhD in 2017, currently a lecturer at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)


Best Reviewer Award - Strategic Management Society Annual Conference 2021 - the Global Strategy Interest Group

Best Reviewer Award - Strategic Management Society Annual Conference 2020 - the Global Strategy Interest Group



International Journal of Emerging Markets (Editorial Review Board)

New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe (Editor-in-Chief)

Forum Scientiae Oeconomia (Editorial Board)

Europe Institute (Advisory Board and Research Associate)

The University of Auckland Human Participant Ethics Committee

Areas of expertise

International business, strategic management, innovation.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Director of the Master of International Business Programme (2010-11)
  • Reviewer for publishers (Cambridge University Press, John Wiley & Sons, MIT Press, Rowman & Littlefield etc.)
  • Reviewer for journals (International Business Review, Long Range Planning, Journal of International Management, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, British Journal of Management, The World Economy, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Eastern European Economics, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Baltic Journal of Management, New Zealand Economic Papers, International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, University of Auckland Business Review, African Journal of Business Management, Policy Futures in Education etc.)
  • Reviewer for conferences (including the Strategic Management Society, AIB, EIBA, ANZIBA, EURAM, ANZAM, etc.) and funders (eg, the Foundation for Polish Science)

Selected recent publications

Zámborský, P., Sullivan-Taylor, B., Tisch, D.G., Branicki, L. (2022). Antecedents of risk and uncertainty management capabilities: Insights from multinational enterprises in New Zealand. Journal of Management & Organization. (Forthcoming.)

Jensen, C., Zámborský, P., King, D.R. (2022). Cross-border acquisition performance insights from predictive modeling. In D.R. King (Ed.), Acquisitions and Corporate Strategy: Alliances, Performance, and Divestment. Routledge. (Forthcoming.)

Zámborský, P., Ingršt, I., & Dachs, B. (2021). More than Knowledge Seeking: A Cooperation-seeking Motive for Innovation in MNEs. In P. Sinha, P. Patel, V. Prikshat (Eds.), International HRM and Development in Emerging Market Multinationals, 149-172. New York, NY: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003057130-8

Zámborský, P., Yan, Z. J., Sbaï, E., & Larsen, M. (2021). Cross-Border M&A Motives and Home Country Institutions: Role of Regulatory Quality and Dynamics in the Asia-Pacific Region. Journal of Risk and Financial Management14(10), 468. https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm14100468

Yan, Z. J., Zámborský, P., & Liang, H. (2021). A sociological view toward the economic and technological development zones in China. Chinese Management Studies, 15(3): 598-612. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-04-2020-0140

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ingršt I, & Zamborsky, P. (2020). Knowledge flows, strategic motives and innovation performance: Insights from Australian and New Zealand investment in Europe. Journal of Management and Organization10.1017/jmo.2020.1
  • Zámborský P (2020). A blueprint for succeeding despite uncertain global markets. Journal of Business Strategy10.1108/JBS-01-2020-0010
  • Jensen, C., & Zámborský P (2020). Balancing to Utopia: Multinationals in Oligarchies. In S. McGuire, R. Strange, V. Shirodkar (Eds.) Non-market Strategies in International Business (pp. 41-73). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 10.1007/978-3-030-35074-1_3
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49738
  • Zamborsky, P. (2019). De-globalisation, populism, and the future of Europe. New Zealand Journal of Research on Europe, 13 (1), 1-14. Related URL.
  • Zamborsky, P., & Larsen, M. (2019). Cross-border M&A motives and home country institutions. Paper presented at European Academy of Management Annual Conference (EURAM), Lisbon, Portugal. 25 June - 28 June 2019. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48126
  • Verbeke, A., Roberts, R. E., Delaney, D., Zamborsky, P., Enderwick, P., & Nagar, S. (2019). Contemporary international business in the Asia-Pacific region. Port Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 503. Related URL.
  • Zamborsky, P. (2019). International Business and Global Strategy (2nd). London, United Kingdom: bookboon.com. Pages: 177.
  • Gomes-Casseres, B., Jenkins, M., & Zamborsky, P. (2019). Profitability of joint ventures abroad: Explaining a new empirical puzzle. In F. Contractor, J. Reuer (Eds.) Frontiers of strategic alliance research: Negotiating, structuring and governing partnerships (pp. 322-336). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 10.1017/9781108236188.020


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 486
New Zealand

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