Dr Marina Iskhakova

MSc in Economics, PhD in Human Resource Management, MBA
Senior Lecturer / RSE Program Manager
ANU College of Business and Economics
T:  +61 2 6125 3083

Areas of expertise

  • Human Resources Management 150305
  • Business And Management 1503
  • International Business 150308
  • Organisational Behaviour 150311

Research interests

  • Cultural Intelligence and International Experience

  • CQ development at Global Business Immersion


Dr. Marina Iskhakova joined ANU in July 2016 as a Lecturer/ Educational Program Manager   at Research School of Economics at College of Business and Economics. Before starting at this position she has been a Program Coordinator (for Master of Science/Lecturer at Curtin University Sydney and a Founder and Director of a new dynamic Cross-Cultural Consultancy/ Training Company Orange Cultures based in Sydney, Mosman. She is energetic, ambitious and an open-minded Global Business/Cross-Cultural Professional. She has a strong academic background with Master degree in Mathematical Economics from St.Peteresburg State University,  PhD in HRM ( St.Petersburg State University, Russia) and MBA in Strategic Leadership with focus on Asian Business Environment (from Norwegian School of Business BI - Norway/China). Marina lived/studied and worked in Russia, Norway, China, USA, UK and now resides in Australia, Canberra. Beyond Academia Marina's goal is to be the first Russian academic business-woman who climbs mt. Everest (8848m). She is married and has 2 daugthers.

Dr. Iskhakova's Courses:

ECON2014/ECON6014 Managerial Economics, Semester 1, 2017

ECON2014/ECON6014 Managerial Economics, Semester 1, 2018

ECON2014/ECON6014 Managerial Economics, Semester 1, 2019

ECON2014/ECON6014 Managerial Economics, Semester 1, 2020

CBEA3066 Global Business Immersion Russia, Winter Semester 2018

CBEA3066 Global Business Immersion Dubai,  Summer Semester 2019

CBEA3066 Global Business Immersion Russia, Winter Semester 2019

CBEA3066 Global Business Immersion Russia, Autumn Semester 2020

Dr. Iskhakova is Award-winning Lecturer at CBE who is recognised with:

ANU CBE Teaching Excellence Award, 2018

ANU Vice-Chancellor Award for Excellence in Education, 2019.

Researcher's projects

Presentations at Professional Development / Research Seminars / Conferences

2020 ANZIBA, Sydney (accepted) Iskhakova, M., Bradly, A., Whiting, B. & Lu, V. Cultural intelligence (CQ) development during short-term study abroad program, the role of International Experience and a Destination.

2020 ANZIBA, Sydney (accepted) Iskhakova, M. & Ott. D. Working in culturally diverse teams: Team-level cultural intelligence (CQ) and performance.

2019 Academy of Management (AOM), Boston, US,  The Meaning of International Experience (IE) for the Development of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) (with Dr. Dana Ott) (accepted conference paper)

2019 ANZIBA, Perth,  Moving from International Experience to Cultural Exposure: A review and conceptual clarification (with Dr. Dana Ott)

2018 ANZAM, NZ, Auckland, The Role of Cultural Exposure at Pre-Study Period in Cultural Intelligence development: Exploratory Study of International Students.

2018 ANZIBA Does Cross-Cultural Competence Matter when Going Global: CQ and its impact on performance of International students in Australia

2017 ANZAM Study of Cross-Cultural Intelligence and its impact on Social adjustment and Academic performance of International students in Australia

2017 ANZIBA  Does Cross-Cultural Competence Matter: Study of Cross-Cultural Intelligence and its impact on Social adjustment and Academic performance of International students in Sydney

2017 ANU MomentuM CBE hosted by PWC Canberra  Cross-Cultural Intelligence for Industry engaging students.

2016, Does Lecturers’ Cross-Cultural Competence Matter?, Curtin University Sydney

2015, Cross-Cultural Intelligence: Strategies of CQ development for international students, Curtin University Sydney

2014, Opening a black box of Cross-Cultural Awareness, International College of Management Sydney

2008, How to start your own business in Russia, Papers of the “Russian Day”, Norwegian School of Management BI, Oslo, Norway

2003, Effective Human Resource- Management Models for Traditional and Virtual Organizations in Russia, In Conference Proceedings “7th Vaasa Conference on International Business, Vaasa, Finland 

2002, Effective Models of HRM in traditional and virtual organizations in Russia,Papers of IX Scientific Seminar of Stockholm School of Economics in St. Petersburg 

2002, Development of the concept of Telework n Russia: Experience of Russian companies, Papers of IX Scientific Seminar of Stockholm School of Economics in St. Petersburg 

2000, Organizational Culture and Effectiveness: Example of Research Russian Companies, Papers of scientific Russian Conference “People & Organizations: Human Resource Management, Organizational Consulting, Business Psychology”. St. Petersburg 

1999, Organization Culture as Innovative Instrument of Russian Firm, Papers V International Conference of Young Economic Researchers “Business and Reformation in Russia”, St. Petersburg 

Books and Book Chapters and earlier Publications

2010, Teambuilding Industry in Russia: Revealing an Individual and an Organizational Potential, 256p, monography, Publishing House Rech, St.Petersburg (in Russian)

2007, HRM Practices in Virtual Companies in Russia, In: Human Resources Management in Russia. Eds.:M.E.Domsch, T.Lidokhover. Ashgate Publishing Group, Contemporary Employment Relations series, (with Kosheleva S.V.) 

Iskhakova, M. (Libo, M.) & Kosheleva S.V, 2004 Telework as a new Human Resource Management Form in Virtual Organizations in Russia, Vestnik of St Petersburg State University, Management, #3, St. Petersburg, (in Russian) 

Available student projects

CBE Internships 2020 Supervision:

  •  Cross-Cultural Management;
  •  International Business;

Research Projects:

  • Cultural Competence  development;
  • CQ of Educators;
  • International Experience construct development;
  • Short-Term Study Abroad antecedents and outcomes

Current student projects

CBE Internships Projects (Semester2, 2018):

1. Ruby Le: Implementation of Business Development and Marketing activity through the creation of a comprehasive Consumer Behavior Analysis, IONIZE

2. Erin Boyling: Analyses of Spesial Economic Zones advantages for Australian Businesses, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

CBE Internships Projects (Semester1, 2019):

1. Jack O'Brien, Embassy of Mexico in Australia, "Mexican Agriculture Goods in Australia: Challenges and Barriers"

2. Johathan Hickson, Department of Jobs and Small Business, "Small Businesses Mental Health Policies development"

CBE Internships Projects (Semester2, 2020):

1. Skye Wei Hu,  The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, "Industry 4.0 paradygm and nnovations Policy development for Australia, ACCI" 

2. Pirah Mukhtiar, ANU Accomodation, "ANU Acomodation Processes optimization"

3. Edith Fordyce-Croker, Proviti, "Cyber Security Services analyses at Protiviti"


Past student projects

ANU CBE Mid-Career Researcher Grant Scheme 2019-2020 with Dr. Dana L. Ott, “How to measure international experience at individual level: bibliometric and systematic analysis of international experience field and IE construct development”  $8,594 

ANU CBE Research School Grants 2016-17 Global Academic Research Teams effectiveness: studying Cross-Cultural Competence and its impact on global academic research teams performance” $3,500


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