Pawel Capik

Title: Lecturer in International Business
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733006
Email: p.capik@keele.ac.uk
Location: DW1.24
Role: School Internationalisation Director
Contacting me: Please check my office hours on the door or email/call for an appointment

I am a Lecturer in International Business. Prior to joining Keele Management School in October 2014, I worked at Sheffield Hallam University, University of the West of Scotland and University of Glasgow. Between January 2013 and June 2017 I was a Visiting Faculty at Grenoble Ecole de Management. I graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and completed my PhD at the Centre for Contemporary European Studies at the University of the West of Scotland. I was a recipient of The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Research Grant.

I am a Fellow of Regional Studies Association, a member Academy of International Business, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In my research I look to explore interdependencies between international business strategies and operations and regional development theory and practice - particularly in the context of emerging and transition economies. I am interested in inward investment attraction and place marketing, sourcing and shoring strategies, large and small firms' internationalisation and location motivations and their impacts on regions and local areas.

I took part in an international research project funded by the Visegrád Fund focusing on 'Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe: What Kind of Competitiveness for the Visegrad Four?'. I was also one of the coordinators of the Regional Studies Association Research Network on 'Regional Development and Changing Geography of Outsourcing Business Services in an Enlarged Europe'. I co-edited special issues of European Planning Studies and Regions resulting from these projects. Results of my other research activities appeared in nearly 20 reviewed papers, book chapters and reports published in international journals including Advances in International Management and Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review.

I also regularly contribute to international conferences and seminars, including RSA and AIB events.

I welcome PhD applications in topics related to large and small firms internationalisation, investment attraction, place marketing, sourcing and shoring strategies (service and manufacturing firms). I would be particularly interested to supervise projects comparative and international in their reach and scope. I currently supervise doctoral students working on projects exploring contact centres management within the service science context, and the application of psychoanalytical techniques in the strategy process.

Selected Publications

  • Capik P and Brockerhoff A. 2017. Role of Strategic Partnerships in Internationalisation of Small Born Global Firms. Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review. doi> full text>
  • Capik P. 2017. Backshoring: Towards International Business and Economic Geography Research Agenda. Advances in International Management, vol. 30, 141-155. full text>
  • Hardy J, Micek G, Capik P. 2011. Upgrading Local Economies in Central and Eastern Europe? The Role of Business Service Foreign Direct Investment in the Knowledge Economy. EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol. 19(9), 1581-1591. link> doi>
  • Capik P. 2013. Free Zones: In search of best practice. Regions. doi>
  • Capik P and Drahokoupil J. 2011. Foreign Direct Investments in Business Services: Transforming the Visegrad Four Region into a Knowledge-based Economy?. EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol. 19(9), 1611-1631. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Capik P and Dej M. Capik P (Ed.). Relocation of Economic Activity: Contemporary Theory and Practice in Local, Regional and Global Perspectives.
  • Capik P and Dej M. Capik P (Ed.). Relocation of Economic Activity: Contemporary Theory and Practice in Local, Regional and Global Perspectives.

Journal Articles

  • Capik P and Brockerhoff A. 2017. Role of Strategic Partnerships in Internationalisation of Small Born Global Firms. Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review. doi> full text>
  • Capik P. 2017. Backshoring: Towards International Business and Economic Geography Research Agenda. Advances in International Management, vol. 30, 141-155. full text>
  • Hardy J, Micek G, Capik P. 2011. Upgrading Local Economies in Central and Eastern Europe? The Role of Business Service Foreign Direct Investment in the Knowledge Economy. EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol. 19(9), 1581-1591. link> doi>
  • Capik P. 2013. Assumptions, Rationale and Reality of special economic zones in Polish regions. Regions. doi>
  • Capik P. 2013. Free Zones: In search of best practice. Regions. doi>
  • Capik P, Hardy J, Micek G. 2012. Outsourced and offshored services - the complex relationship with places. Regions, 10-11. doi>
  • Capik P and Drahokoupil J. 2011. Foreign Direct Investments in Business Services: Transforming the Visegrad Four Region into a Knowledge-based Economy?. EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, vol. 19(9), 1611-1631. link> doi>
  • Capik P. 2008. Global shift: Mapping the changing contours of the world economy. TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR ECONOMISCHE EN SOCIALE GEOGRAFIE, vol. 99(3), 368-370. link> doi>
  • Capik P. 2007. Organising FDI promotion in Central-Eastern European regions. Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, vol. 3(2), 152-163. doi>
  • Capik P. 2007. The collapse of communist power in Poland: Strategic misperceptions and unanticipated outcomes. GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNAL, vol. 173, 96-97. link> doi>
  • Capik P. 2007. On scale and the unclear nature of place branding. Regions, 22-23. doi>

Chapters

  • Capik P. 2010. Regional Promotion and Competition: an examination of approaches to FDI attraction in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. In Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Building on EU Enlargement. Adams N, Cotella G, Nunes R (Eds.). London: Routledge. link>
  • Dej M and Capik P. Epilogue: Relocation Factors and Consequences - Towards a Multidisciplinary Research Agenda. Springer. doi>
  • Capik P and Dej M. Spatial organisation and movements of firms and industries: the role of firm and place in (re)location research. Springer. doi> link>

Other

  • Capik P. 2015. Backshoring towards a new research agenda in global (re)location.
  • Capik P. 2014. Investment Promotion Intensity and Regional Development in New Member States.
  • Capik P. 2013. Selling places in the changing environment: post-accession investment promotion in Central-Eastern European regions.
  • Capik P. 2012. Assisted Areas: Where foreign investors and regional issues come together?.
  • Capik P. 2012. Crisis in emerging economies: Global regions compared.
  • Capik P. 2012. Bridging the gap between place marketing and investment attraction: regional promotion in Central Eastern European Regions.
  • Capik P. 2011. Business Services FDI and the creation of knowledge-based economy in the Visegrad Four Region.
  • Capik P. 2008. Offshoring and outsourcing: new trends in service sector foreign direct investments in Poland.
  • Capik P. “Whatever you hit call it a target”: on segmentation and targeting of investment promotion policy. full text>
  • Capik P. “Whatever you hit call it a target”: on segmentation and targeting of investment promotion policy. full text>

At Keele Management School I currently teach undergraduate modules on international business and strategy, firm internationalisation and emerging economies. I supervise doctoral students working on political economy of emerging markets, international sourcing strategies, business services, and small service firms internationalisation.