Nottingham University Business School China, University of Nottingham

Dr Frithjof Arp is Assistant 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 Suzhou and Wuxi (Jiangsu province, China) to European companies. Dr Arp’s public speaking engagements include workshops, conference presentations and guest lectures on China’s Special Economic Zones and Industrial Parks. Prior to joining NUBS, Dr Arp lectured at Monash University and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He 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.

Frithjof has lectured and taught at all levels including undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education. He has 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. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and 2017 Lord Dearing Award recipient.

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. Dr Arp’s work is published in leading academic journals including the Financial Times FT45-listed Human Resource Management (ABS level 4), 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.


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    Assistant Professor in International Business, Nottingham University Business School China, University of Nottingham