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Dr Alvin Tan

QUT Business School,
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations


Dr Alvin Tan
Associate Lecturer
QUT Business School,
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Discipline *
Business and Management
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Business (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Internationalisation Strategy, Drivers & Inhibitors of Export Decision, Export Readiness, Internationalisation of SMEs

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


Background Alvin completed his PhD (International Business) at the University of Queensland in 2012. His previous work experiences include roles in retail management, banking services, financial investment and military logistics. As an academic at QUT, he has taught a variety of units in both the International Business and Marketing majors. He currently lectures in BSB119 Global Business, AMB210 Importing and Exporting, and AMB369 International Business Strategy. He is also involved in the supervision of postgraduate students. His research is focused on understanding the drivers and inhibitors of export commencement among small-medium sized firms. Within this context, he is researching issues relating to export readiness and commencement of internationalisation, strategic inflexibility in internationalisation decision, and the development of measurement tools in managerial export commitment and export decision. He has published peer-reviewed articles and presented at numerous international conferences. Alvin is an accredited Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is recognised for his sustained track record in higher education teaching.

Research interests

  • internationalisation of small-medium sized firms
  • pre-internationalisation behaviour
  • export readiness
  • export commitment
  • export decision
  • inward internationalisation
  • international education export

Supervision interests Alvin is interested in supervising postgraduate research projects with a focus on the internationalisation of small-medium sized firms. Of particular interest would be topics relating to export commencement decision-making and managerial behaviour influencing or inhibiting internationalisation.

Awards Alvin was awarded QUT’s Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for teaching excellence in 2008.

This information has been contributed by Dr Alvin Tan.


Teaching Experience

  • Global Business
  • Importing and Exporting
  • International Business Strategy
  • International Logistics
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Business in the Asia-Pacific
  • Asian Business Development
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • International Marketing
This information has been contributed by Dr Alvin Tan.


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