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Professor Elena Beleska-Spasova

Professor in International Business

Pro-Dean, Education and Innovation

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  • International Business and Strategy, 
  • Performance, 
  • Competetive Advantage, 
  • RBV


Room 134, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus

Elena is Professor in International Business at Henley Business School, University of Reading and and a Head of the executive MBA programmes

Research focus

  • Strategic issues and challenges faced by managers in SMEs and multinational corporations on an international scale
  • International Business strategies of international firms
  • Global value chain
  • Dynamic and entrepreneurial capabilities as critical firm-specific advantages driving international expansion and competitiveness
  • Governance modalities of cross border expansion and operations – ownership versus control issue.
  • The effects of economic disintegration on the international competitiveness of firms from the exiting country – the case of BREXIT

Industry experience

  • Management and Strategy consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Canada
  • Corporate and operations strategy development and implementation
  • Process and profit improvement
  • Enterprise development
  • Project management
  • Economic analysis, market research and feasibility analysis.

Client portfolio

  • Strategy development projects for large Canadian and USA international corporations
  • International new venture strategies for SMEs
  • Feasibility studies for government agencies in Canada, Cyprus, Macedonia, and World Bank projects in post-war Bosnia

Reference: Walker, J. , Wood, G., Brewster, C. and Beleska-Spasova, E. (2018) Context, market economies and MNEs: the example of financial incentivization. International Business Review, 27 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. , Loykulnanta, S. and Nguyen, Q. T. K. (2016) Firm-specific, country-specific and region-specific competitive advantages: the case of emerging economy MNEs - Thailand. Asian Business and Management, 15 (4). pp. 264-291. ISSN 1476-9238 doi:
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. (2014) Determinants and measures of export performance – comprehensive literature review. Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues, 1 (1). pp. 63-74.
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. and Glaister, K. W. (2013) Intrafirm causal ambiguity in an international context. International Business Review, 22 (1). pp. 32-46. ISSN 0969-5931 doi:
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. , Glaister, K. W. and Stride, C. (2012) Resource determinants of strategy and performance: the case of British exporters. Journal of World Business, 47 (4). pp. 635-647. ISSN 1090-9516 doi:
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. (2011) The role of firm-specific advantages in UK export initiation. Multinational Business Review, 19 (2). pp. 168-194. ISSN 1525-383X doi:
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. and Glaister, W.G. (2010) Geographic orientation and performance: evidence from British exporters. Management International Review, 50 (5). pp. 533-557. ISSN 1861-8901 doi: < >
Reference: Beleska-Spasova, E. and Glaister, K. W. (2009) The geography of British exports: country-level versus firm-level evidence. European Management Journal, 27 (5). pp. 295-304. ISSN 0263-2373 doi: < >

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