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Meet the Faculty

Dr Dylan Sutherland

BSc, MPhil, PhD

Associate Professor in Management and MSc Management Route Leader (International Business)

Dr Dylan Sutherland has a broad range of research interests related to contemporary East Asian business, with a specific focus on Chinese business. His current research looks at explaining the emergence of Chinese business groups and MNEs in light of current economic and business theory.


I completed an M.Phil. in the Economics of Developing Countries at Cambridge University before undertaking an ESRC funded PhD at the Judge Business School (looking at the emergence of Chinese business groups). In 2002 I was appointed as an Assistant Director of Development Studies at Cambridge's world leading Centre for Development Studies. In 2004 I moved to Trinity College, Dublin where I designed and delivered a new suite of modules in Development Studies (2004-7). In 2005 I was awarded a €300,000 Development Education Grant by Irish Aid (affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ireland) which was used to promote awareness of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. To this end I built a successful team to run the high profile MDG lectures series and accompanying on-line learning and teaching resources. In 2007 I moved to Nottingham University’s newly created School of Contemporary Chinese Studies to pursue my research interests on Chinese business. As Director of the Masters Programmes I designed and managed a number of successful new programmes and modules on Chinese business (also offered at Nottingham’s business school). In 2011 my growing research focus on Chinese MNEs brought me to Durham University Business School. In Durham I assumed responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate modules on East Asian business (Asia and Pacific Rim, BUSI 3041 and East Asian Business & Management, BUSI 5A815). I currently supervise a number of PhD students that regularly meet as part of the activtities for the Centre for Marketing and International Business.

Throughout my career I have been involved in designing and delivering new modules and programmes and have won a number of education related grants (and publshed research papers in pedagogic journals). My modules are well received by students and are very popular. I have been awarded the Durham University Business School Dean’s teaching award for teaching excellence as well as the DUBs teaching innovation award. I take an active interest in pedagogical methods and use active, problem based learning methodologies (coupled with reflective teaching practices). I have acted as an internal and external examiner on numerous occasions (i.e. UCD, Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Leeds, Aston etc.).

I have lived and worked in China for several years (i.e. Foreign Expert, Tianjin Ligong Xueyuan (1995-6) Beijing Waiyu Xueyuan, (1998-9)) and speak and read Chinese. I have undertaken extensive funded fieldwork across China (i.e. ESRC, British Academy, Lloyds Tercentenary grants). I make frequent visits to China for work (such as conferences, research trips, leading study tours etc.) and pleasure. Prior to moving into academia I worked in a successful family business. I like sailing (trans-atlantic yachtsman), football and kitesurfing.

Research Interests

I have a broad range of research interests stemming from my early academic appointments teaching Development Studies and Chinese Studies. I lived, worked and studied in China for several years, where I undertook extensive funded fieldwork (i.e. via the ESRC, British Academy, Lloyds Tercentenary Foundation). As well as producing two research monologues, an edited book and numerous book chapters, my research is published across a broad range of disciplines in internationally recognised academic journals. This includes the fields of business and management (i.e. Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Management International Review, Journal of International Business Policy etc.) economics (i.e. Cambridge Journal of Economics), economic geography (Journal of Economic Geography, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society), innovation (Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Inustrial Change, Industry and Innovation etc.) and Chinese Studies (China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China). My research outputs have been returned for the past two UK research assessment exercises and its impact is growing rapidly (three articles, for example, were among the most highly cited papers in their respective journals). My research is highly topical (i.e. tax havens, Chinese MNEs etc.) and I regularly contribute media stories and commentary on Chinese business (i.e. International Finance Review, China Daily). My research on the transiting of Chinese outward FDI via tax havens was awarded the annual best paper award of the Chinese Economics Association (based on citation metrics over previous five years).

I am associate editor of Asian Business and Management (Palgrave), Multinational Business Review (Emerald) and East Asia: An International Quarterly (Springer). My current research projects have focused on explaining the emergence of Chinese MNEs in light of current economic and business theory, with a focus on technology acquisition and strategic asset seeking behaviours, as well as the routing of FDI via tax havens and offshore financial centres (an issue of growing methodological interest and importance in International Business Studies).

Research Interests

  • Tax haven use
  • Understanding emerging market MNEs in the light of current International Business theory
  • Measurement of MNE Activity (see co-organised AIB 2014 panel with Prof. J. F. Hennart)
  • Business groups, including their positive and negative attributes and understanding these in light of current business and management theory

Research Groups


Contact Details

Associate Professor in Management and MSc Management Route Leader (International Business)
+44 191 3345394