Thomas A Birtch

Research Associate

Research interests

  • FDI strategy and the evolution of production
  • leadership and ethics
  • the performance of people and organizations
  • international management and the transferability of work practices
  • entrepreneurship, innovation, and family business


Thomas joined the IfM in 2000. He has held directorships and senior managerial positions in large scale organizations and government, spanning three continents. He has consulted in over 30 countries in areas such as business performance and development, economic and industrial policy, public finance, mergers & acquisitions and strategic alliances and in a variety of sectors, including financial services, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, construction and real estate, hospitality, technology, and government. He also acts as a non-executive director, advises a number of government bodies, agencies, and organizations, and is an active entrepreneur, having been involved in several start-ups. Thomas has taught widely at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels in Europe, North America, and Asia and his research and publications regularly appear in leading scholarly journals.


Research projects

  • Influence of Foreign Multinationals on Domestic Firms (with Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • The Pearl River Delta Phenomenon
  • Building Competitiveness through FDI: A Chinese Perspective

Publications, grants, and other scholarly activities

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