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Members of the Dunning Centre

Professor Rajneesh Narula, Director

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Rajneesh Narula OBE is the Director of both the Dunning Africa Centre and the John Dunning Centre for international business. He is a Professor of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School. He has published over 100 articles and chapters in books and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts in international Business. He is passionate about improving the development outcomes from foreign investment across the developing world. He regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, governments, and consulting firms. In 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The honour is in recognition of his Services to Business Research. He is a regular commentator on business and economics issues on BBC World News, Sky News, TRT World, CGTN, as well as a variety of print and online publications.

Faculty members

Nan Zhou -Dunning fellow 2020-2021

Nan Zhou is Associate Professor at Nankai University Business School in China. She received her PhD degree from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Nankai University, she worked for Moscow School of Management Skolkovo and also China Minsheng Bank. Her research addresses questions that intersect the fields of corporate strategy and international business, focusing primarily on understanding how strategic decisions such as product diversification and globalization are influenced by firm resources and institutional environments in the context of emerging markets. Her publications have appeared in leading journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Global Strategy Journal. Her co-authored book ‘Rough Diamonds: Four Traits of Successful Breakout Firms in BRIC’ is published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley and is translated into Chinese.

Shubin Wu - Dunning fellow 2020-2021

Shubin Wu is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool Management School. His prior positions include Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and Northeastern University of China. He received his PhD from Liaoning University in China and KU Leuven in Belgium. His research interests are in MNEs’ strategic choices and their performance implications under macroeconomic uncertainty and country heterogeneity. He mainly draws from MNE theories, and particularly aim to apply real options theory to MNEs research to enhance theoretical contributions. He speaks Chinese, Japanese and English, and primarily use the data of Chinese and Japanese firms to do empirical analysis. His research appeared in the Strategic Management Journal along with other academic outlets.

Andreas Schotter - Dunning fellow 2019-2020

Andreas Schotter is Associate Professor of International Business and the F.W.P. Jones Faculty Fellow at the Ivey Business School. Before joining the faculty at Ivey, Andreas served on the faculty of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. The Wall Street Journal has named him twice WSJ Distinguished Professor of the Year. Andreas has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the USA.

Andreas’ research has been published in top management journals such as the MIT Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of International Business Studies. He has authored numerous book chapters, a book on management frameworks, and more than 20 cases.

Andreas’ main focus areas are multinational enterprise development and subsidiary evolution, strategy-structure-environment interactions, and boundary spanning in global organizations. His current projects include strategies in the era of exponential change, business system disruption, the internationalization strategies of digital firms, and the interactions between location characteristics and managerial influences on MNE location choices.

Chinmay Pattnaik
- Dunning fellow 2019-2020


Chinmay Pattnaik is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. He is the reviewing editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management and deputy editor of the Journal of Asia Business Studies. His research focuses on the determinants and consequences of corporate and global strategies of firms from emerging market economies. He critically evaluates and enriches existing theories by applying them to different institutional contexts including India, Korea and China. His research has been published by Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Management International Review, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management and Journal of Business Research among others. His co-edited book ‘Emerging Market Firms in Global Economy’ is published by Emerald Publishing UK.

Helena Barnard -Dunning fellow 2018-2019

Helena Barnard is Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science of the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her research interests are in how knowledge (and with it technology, organisational practices, and innovation) moves between more and less developed countries, particularly in Africa. She researches both organisational mechanisms (notably emerging multinationals and internet-enabled businesses) and individual mechanisms such as scientific collaborations, doctoral training, and the diaspora. Her

research has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Research Policy, Journal of World Business and other journals. She is the 2017-2020 Academy of International Business Vice President for Administration, an area editor for the newly launched Journal of International Business Policy, and the deputy editor in charge of Africa for the journal Management and Organizational Review.

Björn Jindra - Dunning fellow 2018-2019

Björn Jindra is Associate Professor for International Business at the Department of International Economics and Management at Copenhagen Business School (DK). He had prior positions at The University of Bremen and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (DE). He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in South Africa. His primary research areas are internationalization of R&D, innovation in multinational firms as well as foreign direct investment and technological catching-up. He published on these and related topics in outlets such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Regional Studies, and World Development.

Victoria Scalera -Dunning fellow 2017-2018

Vittoria G. Scalera is Assistant Professor of International Management at the University of Amsterdam Business School. She received her PhD from the Politecnico di Milano School of Management, where she also worked as post-doctoral Research Fellow. Her research mainly lies at the intersection between international business and innovation management, where she focuses on innovation strategies in multinational firms, international knowledge sourcing, global innovation networks, and emerging countries’ technological catch-up. She is also interested in the international strategy and performance of government-owned institutions.

Xufei Ma - Dunning fellow 2017-2018

Xufei Ma is an Associate Professor of the Department of Management and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received his PhD in business policy and strategy from NUS Business School, National University of Singapore. His research interests lie in corporate and international strategies of multinational and entrepreneurial firms in and from emerging economies.

Luis Alfonso Dau - Dunning fellow 2016-2017

He is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University. His research focuses on the effects of globalization and institutional changes on the international strategy and performance of emerging market firms. Luis has been published in the leading academic journals in the field, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, and Journal of Business Venturing. He has also conducted field research in several emerging markets, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico.

Alessandra Perri - Dunning fellow 2016-2017

She is an Assistant Professor of International Business at the Department of Management of Ca’ Foscari University (Venice). She earned her PhD at Luiss Guido Carli University (Rome) and she worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Business Administration of Carlos III University (Madrid). Her research is focused on the impact of FDI on host countries, innovation strategies in multinational firms and their subsidiaries, and emerging countries’ technological catch-up. Alessandra's work has been published in leading academic journals, including the Journal of World Business, the International Business Review, the International Journal of Management Reviews and the Multinational Business Review.

Ajai Gaur -Dunning fellow 2015-2016

Ajai is Associate Professor of Strategic Management and International Business in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School. He received a PhD in Business Policy and Strategy from the National University of Singapore. In his research, Dr Gaur studies the distinct institutional influences on firms' international expansion strategies in different institutional contexts. A related focus of his research is to study institutional influences on various firm-level governance mechanisms and their strategic and performance consequences. He is actively involved in research projects undertaken in the John H. Dunning Centre for International Business.

Jenny Hilemann -Dunning fellow 2015-2016

Jenny is a post-doctoral fellow at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, from which she received a PhD in Business Economics in December 2014, and a guest lecturer at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research includes the managerial analysis of multinational enterprise strategy and the broader governance challenges facing international firms. To date, her research contributions have been published as three edited book chapters in a well-known book series with two further articles accepted in International Business Review and Multinational Business Review. She has been awarded the 2014 Academy of International Business/Sheth Dissertation Proposal Award and was nominated for the 2015 Academy of Management D'Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University Award for the Best Dissertation in International Management and for the 2015 International Theme Committee & Emerald Best International Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management.

Marcus Larsen -Dunning fellow 2014-2015

An Assistant Professor at Department of Strategic Management and Globalization, Copenhagen Business School, his research focuses on the organizational design of multinational corporations and the rise of emerging economy multinationals. His research is published in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal.

Marcus has also published a number of teaching cases. His dissertation won the Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award and the Barry M. Richman AoM/IM Best Dissertation Award in 2014.

Marcelo Bucheli -Dunning fellow 2014-2015

An Associate Professor of Business Administration earned his BS and MA in economics from the Universidad de Los Andes and an MA and PhD in history from Stanford University. Before coming to Illinois in 2005, he taught business history at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on the political economy of multinational corporations in a historical perspective. He has been awarded the Newcomen Prize for the best article published in Business History Review in 2004, the 2011 Mira Wilkins Award in International Business History, and the Petroleum History Award in 2009. He is the author of Bananas and Business: The United Fruit Company in Colombia, 1899-2000 (New York: New York University Press, 2005) and co-editor (with R. Daniel Wadhwani) of Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014) in addition to several articles in management and history journals.

Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra -Dunning fellow 2013-2014

He is an Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University. Beforehand, he was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina and at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at Cornell University. Alvaro studies the internationalization of firms, with a special interest in emerging market multinationals. He also analyzes governance issues, with a special interest in corruption in international business. His research appears in leading academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy,and in several edited books. He is the reviewing editor of Journal of International Business Studies and serves on the editorial boards of other leading journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Organization Studies, and Journal of World Business. His geographical area of expertise is Latin America. He serves on the Executive Committee of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. Alvaro teaches courses on global strategy and sustainability at the undergraduate, masters, executive and PhD levels. He was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another from the University of Salamanca.

Stefano Elia -Dunning fellow 2013-2014

He obtained a PhD in Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering in 2010. His current position is Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). His main research interests deal with: strategies, governance and effects of global sourcing and offshoring; entry strategies and impact of emerging multinational firms investing in advanced economies; drivers of location choices and agglomeration effects of multinational firms in the host countries; international alliances portfolio and innovation output; labour effect of outward foreign direct investments on the home countries; substitution and complementarities relationship between export and foreign direct investments. He is member of the European project ISCH COST Action IS0905 “The Emergence of Southern Multinationals and their impact on Europe” and of the “Offshoring Research Network” promoted by the Duke University. He published in international journals such as Economic Geography, Journal of International Management, Management International Review, Journal of Economic Geography, International Business Review and European Journal of International Management.

Vikas Kumar - Dunning fellow 2012-2013

Vikas is Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy in the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. From 2004 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor at Bocconi University and from 2008 to 2009 was a Visiting Scholar at the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) at Stanford University. Vikas's research interests are in the areas of Internationalization, Emerging Market Firms, Emerging Markets, Business Groups, and Outsourcing/Offshoring. His research has been published in premier international business/management journals such as Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Management International Review (MIR), Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), Journal of World Business (JWB), British Journal of Management (BJM), European Journal of Marketing (EJM), and Thunderbird International Business Review (TIBR). He was co-guest editor of the special issue on 'Offshoring and Outsourcing of High-Value Company Functions' in Journal of Management Studies (2010) and is currently guest editing a special issue in the Journal of International Management (2012) on 'Emerging Market Firm Competitiveness'. Vikas serves on the Editorial Boards of GSJ, JMS, MIR and TIBR. He is the director of the Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group (EMIRG) at the University of Sydney Business School.

Andrea Martinez - Noya - Dunning fellow 2012-2013

Andrea completed her PhD with distinction in 2008 from the Economics and Business School at the University of Oviedo in Spain. During her PhD studies, she was a visiting student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2008 she is Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the University of Oviedo. Within the department, she belongs to the international management research team focused on analyzing firms' growth strategies and internationalization. Her research is mainly focused on internationalization and cooperation strategies on R&D, especially on international R&D outsourcing practices by technological firms and how these firms can benefit from outsourcing. Her research received several distinctions, such as the "Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award" at 2008 AIB Meeting, "Premio Enrique Fuentes Quintana", and it was a finalist for the "Barry M. Richman Best Dissertation Award" of the IMD at the 2009 AOM Meeting. She has published in Journal of International Management, International Business Review, and Journal of Management Studies, amongst others.

Lorraine Eden - Dunning fellow 2011-2012

Lorraine Eden is Professor of Management and Mays Research Fellow at Texas A&M University, and a visiting professor at the University of Reading. Professor Eden has a PhD with Distinction in Economics from Dalhousie University. She has published more than 150 scholarly books and articles; her best-known book is Taxing Multinationals (1998). She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Pew Fellow, and a receiver of multiple teaching, research and professional awards. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies and AIB Vice President. She founded WAIB (Women in the Academy of International Business). She teaches and consults on transfer pricing, multinational enterprises, and international business.

Ari Van Assche - Rugman fellow 2020-2021

Ari Van Assche is a Professor of International Business at HEC Montréal and holds a professorship in pedagogical innovation on economic diplomacy. He is also deputy editor of the Journal of International Business Policy and co-founder of the International Institute for Economic Diplomacy. Recipient of a PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, his work focuses on the organization of global value chains and their implications for international business policy. His work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Economic Geography and the Journal of Development Economics. In 2017, he co-edited the book Redesigning Canadian Trade Policy for New Global Realities, which received the 2018 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize.

Maria Jesus Nieto Sanchez - Rugman fellow 2019-2020

She is a Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. She is the Director of the Master’s programme in Entrepreneurship and the Deputy Director of the Entrepreneurship and Family Firms Institute at this University. Her research interests include internationalisation, innovation management, entrepreneurship and family businesses, and their intersections. Her works have been published in refereed journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, Research Policy, Family Business Review and International Business Review, among many others. She has also contributed to specialised books and collective works on international business.

In Hyeock (Ian) Lee - Rugman fellow 2018-2019

Dr Inhyeock “Ian” Lee is Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at the Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago, USA. He received his PhD in Business from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University in 2007. His primary research interests focus on the location strategies of multinational enterprises and entrepreneurial firms contributing to cluster formation. Other research interests involve how regional strategies of multinational enterprises and international new ventures link to firm performance, and how founders’ gender of new ventures translates into innovation activities. He has published in leading journals such as Regional Studies, Journal of Business Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of International Management, and Small Business Economics among others. Prior to joining academia, he was the Deputy Director at the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy in Korea for eight years.

Paloma Almodovar - Rugman fellow 2017-2018

Dr Paloma Almodóvar is Senior Lecturer in the Business Organization Department at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her research interest is International Business, with a particular focus on regional/global strategies; performance of international firms; born-global firms; entry mode choices; and the impact of international activities on firms' innovation.

Liena Kano- Rugman fellow 2016-2017

Liena Kano is the Alan Rugman Visiting Fellow for 2016-2017. She is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Global Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international business, strategic management, and entrepreneurship. She develops novel applications of comparative institutional analysis to study business phenomena such as the governance of family firms, emerging economy multinationals, multinational business networks, the global value chains, trading favours and global sustainability crises. Her particular focus is on micro-foundations that underlie complex governance decisions. Her work has been published in California Management Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Business History Review, Journal of World Business and other high-quality academic outlets

Chang Hoon Oh- Rugman fellow 2015-2016

He is Professor of International Business and Beedie Research Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Before he joined Simon Fraser University in 2012, he worked as an Associate Professor at Brock University and at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He received his PhD degree (2007) from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research centres on internationalization strategy, country risk, business continuity and sustainability, and globalization versus regionalization.

Lucia Piscitello

Professor Lucia Piscitello is an expert in the study of internationalisation, location and innovation strategies of multinational enterprises. Her recent research focus is the adoption of digital technologies for international competitiveness. Lucia Piscitello is Visiting Professor at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Professor of International Management at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her research interests cover the economics and management of MNE and the international aspects of technological change, the geography of innovation. She has published over 80 refereed journal articles. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, among others. She is Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal, Co-editor in Chief of the Journal of Industrial Business Economics, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. She acts as an external expert for the Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics, UK. She is a Fellow, Past President, and Chair of the European International Business Academy (EIBA).

Gabriel Benito

Gabriel is a Professor in International Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School and has worked on a broad range of topics in corporate strategy and international business. There is a lot of transaction cost/internalization type of reasoning in his research, but often in combination with other perspectives. Gabriel is not committed to any particular empirical approach. His current portfolio of research projects includes Internationalization dynamics and Organization and governance in multinational enterprises. Gabriel also makes a teaching contribution to the Economics of International Business masterclass that runs in the Autumn term.

Ram Mudambi

Ram is Professor and Perelman Senior Research Fellow at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading's Henley Business School. He is a Fellow of Academy of International Business (AIB), a Lifetime Fellow of the Academy of the University of Messina in Italy, an Honorary Professor at the Center of International Business, University of Leeds (CIBUL) and a member of the advisory council of the University of Bradford Centre in International Business (BCIB). His current research focuses on the geography of innovation, broadly defined. He is an Associate Editor of the Global Strategy Journal and the Book Review Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. He has served as Special Issue Editor for Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Management Studies, International Business Review and Journal of International Management. He has published over 80 refereed articles and 6 books. His work has appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Geography, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, among others.