Professor Sara McGaughey

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Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Advertising, Marketing & PR


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Capacity Building Professor International Business
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Advertising, Marketing & PR


International business, Strategy, International entrepreneurship & internationalisation, Foreign direct investment (FDI) & productivity spillovers, Institutions, MNE- subsidiary relations & corporate entrepreneurship, Internationalisation of indigenous businesses, Global mindset, Qualitative research methods


Business and Management

Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)


A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), Professor McGaughey is a passionate educator and has an enduring commitment to engaged pedagogies: active, authentic and collaborative.  This approach helps equip students at all levels, from diverse backgrounds and with different learning styles with the skills to question, critique and generate new knowledge, and effectively apply this knowledge not only to respond and adapt, but also anticipate and shape the world in which they live and will work.  Professor McGaughey's programme and course design thus emphasises the historical development and state-of-the art disciplinary knowledge, and fosters the cognitive and relational skills and reflexivity required for life-long learning.  With International Business a disciple of enormous practical relevance, Sara's teaching practice is infused with the integration and critique of theory and empirical research, and their connections to industry practice and policy.

Professor McGaughey has diverse experience across undergraduate, post graduate, doctoral and executive education in areas such as International Business Strategy, International Business, Qualitative Research Methods and International/ Cross-cultural Management, among others.  Sara has particular interest in creating sustainable communities of practice that support junior scholars and higher degree research students in their pursuit, creation and dissemination of new knowledge.


Selected publications

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Current supervisions

  • Boutique advisory firms in cross-border M&A transactions
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jodie Zhang