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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

I teach about international business and organizational change. My core research interests centre on the evolution of business and financial institutions, the development of international business, corporate governance, and political economy. Another strand of my research looks at the impact of socially-constructed identities on firms. An additional research area is the relationship between business and the natural environment. Empirically, my research is on firms that have operated in the North Atlantic region and in East Asia. My research is informed by diverse theories, including concepts taken from strategic management, behavioural economics, post-colonial theory, International Political Economy, and Austrian economics. My preferred research methods are qualitative and include the use of corporate archives.

My first book, which was published in 2008, was on the role of British financiers in the genesis of the Canadian constitution. This book was an outgrowth of my PhD work, which was conducted at a Canadian university. My second book was a co-edited collection on the history of entrepreneurship in Canada. My third book, which was published in 2014, is an edited collection on globalization and Canadian business that aimed to use to historical evidence to test various claims about optimum policy mix for nations seeking to manage their relationship to the global economy. My more recent research has included articles on the history of Unilever and HSBC, race relations within multinational firms, the evolution of cashless payment technologies in Hong Kong, and the relationship between corporate governance and contemporary debates about economic inequality. I have also published articles and book chapters on topics such as the taxation, fisheries regulation, ethnicity and international capital flows, race and business, entrepreneurship, and banking regulation history. I am currently editing a book on the impact of the First World War on the strategies of international firms. It will be published by Routledge in early 2016.

What is the Canada trade model and could it work for a post-Brexit UK?

Apr 20, 2016 10:33 am UTC| Insights & Views

It has been suggested that, in the event of a Brexit, the UK could negotiate a partnership with the European Union similar to that enjoyed by Canada. Boris Johnson has suggested that it would be relatively easy for the...

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Economy

MSCI is removing five Chinese firms from its global index due to Trump’s EO 13959

MSCI Inc. revealed this week that it will be pulling out five Chinese companies from its global equity index. The American finance company headquartered in New York City stated that the removal will begin on Jan. 27 since...

S. Korea fines 7 local steelmakers 300 billion won over price collusion

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) fined Hyundai Steel Co. and six other steelmakers a combined 300 billion won for colluding to fix the purchase price of steel scrap. It marked the fourth-largest amount of fines...

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Politics

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Since becoming the new president, Joe Biden has been busy contacting fellow world leaders to reaffirm ties while also pressing on some issues at hand. One of his most recent calls was with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,...

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Science

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Technology

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The Apple Watch Series 7 could be a vital gadget for smartwatch users with diabetes. The upcoming wearable device is reportedly launching with a new medical monitoring feature later this year. Apple Watch Series 7 is...
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