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Nottingham University Business School China, University of Nottingham

Dr Frithjof Arp is Associate Professor of International Business at Nottingham University Business School (NUBS), China. Born and educated in Germany, his professional and academic career spans three continents and includes positions as Managing Director in Malaysia and Singapore (1995-2004; two companies concurrently), Australia (2004-2008) and Regional Manager Europe for a large Singapore conglomerate (1991-1995). In the latter role, he was involved in the internationalization of Singapore’s government-linked service and manufacturing companies (now part of Temasek Holdings), and the promotion of Singapore’s industrial parks in China to European companies. Dr Arp assists small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Europe, Asia and Australia with their internationalization, develops market entry and operation strategies, and offers cross-cultural negotiation assistance.

Dr Arp’s research focuses on international and cross-cultural business topics. He is particularly interested in the linkage between organisational strategy and human resource management. His work is published in leading academic journals including the Financial Times FT45-listed and ABS level 4 ranked Human Resource Management, the policy-oriented journal of the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD Transnational Corporations), and journals that publish work on critical new business phenomena (such as the Journal of Global Mobility and the German Journal of Human Resource Management). He is the recipient of the Emerald 2014 JGM Outstanding Paper Award.

Frithjof is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and 2017 Lord Dearing Award recipient. He has lectured and taught at all levels including undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education. He developed curriculum for Master of International Business (postgraduate), Cross-cultural Communication & Negotiation (undergraduate), and International Human Resource Management (undergraduate) programs. At NUBS, Dr Arp is the module convener for International Business Strategy in the BSc, MSc and Singapore MBA programs, and teaches Research Methods in the postgraduate program.


  • –present
    Associate professor, University of Nottingham