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Professor Elena Beleska-Spasova

Professor in International Business

Head of Post-experience Postgraduate Programmes

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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

Global business context: challenges and prospects

The apprenticeship leaner develops an awareness of the contemporary global trends and developments and gain a critical insight into their implications on current and future business scenarios. Students learn to...

Module code: MQM2GBC