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Dr Martin David Owens

PositionLecturer in International Business
LocationRoom 2.17 Cartwright Building
DepartmentSchool of Management
Feedback HoursTuesday 14:30-16:30
Telephone 01274 234319

Research Interests (key words only)

International alliances, inter-organizational control, institutional theory

PhD Supervision

I supervise graduate students at DPhil level on topics relating to inter-organisational collaboration/alliances within an international context.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I teach a range of undergraduate and post-graduate modules. These include introductory modules such as Principles of International Business and Principles of Management, and more advanced modules such as International Business Strategy and Multinationals in Emerging markets. I teach international business modules at Masters level, such as International Business in Emerging Economies and International Business Strategy.

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme director for the BSc International Business and Management course. 


I am a Lecturer in International Business at the University of Bradford. My main research interests are in the post-formation management and governance of domestic and international alliances. 

Study History

  • Business Studies (BA Hons, 1994-1998), University of Ulster
  • Marketing (MSc, 1998-1999), University of Ulster
  • PhD from the University of Ulster (2002-2006)

Research Areas

My research interests lie in the area of inter-organizational relationships between private sector organisations. I am particularly interested in the post-formation management and governing processes and outcomes of strategic alliances. I have just completed a study that examines the consequences the shared management structure for the management of an IJV. Alongside this I continue to be interested in institutional theory, market entry modes and emerging markets.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a set of empirical studies examining the role of formal control within alliances.  


  • Academy of International Business
  • British Academy of Management
  • Member of the Bradford Centre of International Business


  • Owens, M., Palmer, M., and Zueva-Owens, A., (2013) 'Institutional forces on adoption of international joint ventures: Empirical evidence from British retail multinationals', International Business Review.
  • Owens, M, Zueva-Owens, A and Palmer, M., (2012) 'Partner identification and selection of joint venture partners in international retailing', The Services Industries Journal, 32 (3-4) pp 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) pp 559-581.
  • Palmer, M.J. Owens, M. and De Kervenoael, (2010) 'Paths of the Least Resistance: Understanding How Motives Form in International Retail Joint Venturing', The Service Industries Journal,, 30 (6) pp 965-989.
  • Palmer, M.J. O’Kane, P and Owens, M., (2009) 'Betwixt spaces: student accounts of turning point experiences in the first year transition', Studies of Higher Education, 34 (1) pp 37-54.
  • Owens, M. and Quinn, B., (2007) 'Problems encountered in international retail joint ventures: UK case evidence', International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 35 (10) pp 758-780.
  • Palmer M. and Owens M., (2006) 'New Directions for International Joint Venture Research', International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 16 (2) pp 159-179.
  • Palmer M. Owens M. and Sparks L., (2006) 'Interdisciplinary (Retail) Research: The Business of Geography and the Geography of Business', Environment and Planning A, 10 pp 1775-1783.

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