International Business


 The international business area deals with how to successfully do business with people and companies from other countries.  An increasing amount of business is international in nature, thus, the skills gained during the international business module in our EMBA programs are critical for successful modern managers. While there is of course some variation in content between the different EMBA programs, the international business module of our EMBA programs will focus on how to enter foreign countries; how to design joint ventures, alliances, and mergers and acquisitions; what strategies work best for international business; how to conduct international negotiations; and what leadership styles work best in different countries. We will also explore how cultural and institutional differences between countries influence which management practices work best in a given country. We will also devote special attention to doing business in China, Russia’s fast-growing large neighbor.  We will also explore how national culture affects what organizational cultures are most effective in a given country.    We will pay attention to both multinational firms and smaller firms in the module.  We will also pay special attention to what strategies and management practices can best help specifically Russian firms internationalize. 


International Business persons

Ciara Sutton PhD, Area Principal of International Business

Ciara Sutton
Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Marketing and Strategy, Stockholm School of Economics


Ciara Sutton is a Research Fellow and lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics. In addition she holds the position of Area Principal in Strategy and International Business at the Stockholm School of Economics in Russia.

Ciara teaches at Masters and Executive level in Strategy and International Business, with a particular interest in cross-cultural management. She is currently the process leader for the Master in General Management program at SSE and is a coach and program leader in change management, innovation, and business planning projects in various educational and corporate programs, primarily in Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Ciara’s research interests have centred on strategic issues in international venture capital and private equity, as well as the concept of global leadership and the role and competencies of global leaders in multinational organisations. She has co-authored the successful European version of the book ‘Crafting and Executing Strategy: The Quest for Competitive Advantage’ (2013) McGraw-Hill, adopted widely in both undergraduate and postgraduate Stategy courses.

She is Australian, with a Bsc (Com.) from the University of New South Wales, Sydney and later earned her Msc and Ph.D from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden

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Gordon Redding Teacher

Gordon Redding
Gordon Redding is Director of the Euro-Asia Centre at INSEAD in Fontainebleau,France. He is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor at Manchester Business School. 


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He is a specialist on Asian management and especially on Chinese capitalism. He has much inside knowledge having spent 24 years based at the University of Hong Kong, where he established and was Director of the Business School, and its sister organization in executive education, the Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management before coming to INSEAD. Professor Redding is a highly sight-after executive education teacher.

His research has focused on understanding countries’ business systems using a comparative approach. Much of his work has focused on developing an understanding of Asian business systems comparatively, and especially on the contrasts between Chinese, Korean and Japanese forms of capitalism. As well as encompassing cultural effects this approach also includes analysis of the influence of institutions and societal processes seen historically. In addition his work has included the implications for multi-nationals working in the region, and the operating problems of expatriate management. He has published ten books, including The Spirit of Chinese Capitalism, and over a hundred research papers. He had eleven years practical managerial experience as an executive in the UK department store industry before taking his doctorate at Manchester Business School. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a consultant to large companies on matters connected with organizing for business in the Asian region and internationally.


Vassily Dermanov Associate Professor

Vassily Dermanov
Associate Professor, Department of Strategic and International Management  


• International Teachers Program, Stockholm, Sweden, 2004
• Candidate of Science in Economics (First Doctoral Degree), St. Petersburg University, 1979
• Specialist Degree in Political Economy, Department of Economics, St. Petersburg University, 1975

• Competitiveness
• Growth and development
• Intellectual capital management

• Associated professor (economics), department of strategic and international management, GSOM, Saint Petersburg State University, 2006;
• Associated professor (economics) at Stockholm School of Economics in Russia, 1998–2005;
• Visiting professor (management) at Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration (Finland),1994–2002;
• Associated professor (economics), department of economics, Pedagogical University, Saint Petersburg, 1983–1992;
• Assistant professor and senior lecture (economics); department of economics, Pedagogical University, Saint Petersburg, 1978–1983.

• Academic director of Dual Degree EMBA, GSOM, Saint Petersburg State University, 2006–2010;
• Vice-president and Chief Operation Officer of Stockholm school of economics in Russia, 2003–2005;
• Director of Entrepreneurship Center, Stockholm School of Economics. Russia, 1998–2003;
• Dean, Herzen Pedagogical University, Economic Faculty, 1992–1996.