Business in a complex global environment
The Strategy and International Business group takes an inter-disciplinary approach to shedding light on critical competitive, economic, social and environmental issues facing organisations and their top leaders. Members of the group have broad research interests in the areas of strategy, organisation theory and international business and actively contribute to both academic and business communities.
The group’s research has uncovered how corporations deal with disruptive events and compete in an increasingly complex global environment with a diverse set of socio-political and economic influences. A distinctive feature of the group is its ability to produce leading research at the juxtaposition of how corporations achieve and sustain competitive viability, and how their social and environmental footprints can be examined and moderated through internal and external governance systems.
Key research and teaching areas
The research of the group falls broadly into the following categories:
- Disruption, business models, strategic renewal, and competitive dynamics and decision making in volatile environments (Shahzad Ansari, Allègre Hadida, Yasemin Kor, Christopher Marquis, Kamal Munir)
- Top management teams and corporate governance (Yasemin Kor, Christopher Marquis, Lionel Paolella)
- Business, technology, and society (Shahzad Ansari, Yasemin Kor, Christopher Marquis, Kamal Munir, Lionel Paolella)
- Categorisation processes and social structures of markets (Kamal Munir, Lionel Paolella)
- Social stability and change (Shahzad Ansari, Christopher Marquis, Kamal Munir)
- Cultural industries (Allègre Hadida) and legal services markets (Lionel Paolella)
- Political economy and evolution of Chinese businesses (Christopher Marquis, Peter Williamson)
Group members have leading roles in the following research centres:
Faculty members of the Strategy and International Business subject group teach across the full range of undergraduate, postgraduate and executive educations programmes offered by the Business School.
Meet our members including faculty, teaching and research staff, PhD students, and honorary appointees.
- Alvi, F.H. and Williamson, P.J. (2022) “Responses to global financial standards in emerging markets: regulatory neoliberalism and the Basel II Capital Accord.” International Journal of Finance and Economics (DOI: 10.1002/ijfe.2554) (published online Mar 2021)
- Hein, P. and Ansari, S. (2022) “From sheltered to included: the emancipation of disabled workers from benevolent marginalization.” Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2020.1689) (published online Feb 2022)
- Khanagha, S., Ansari, S., Paroutis, S. and Oviedo, L. (2022) “Mutualism and the dynamics of new platform creation: a study of Cisco and Fog computing.” Strategic Management Journal (DOI: 10.1002/smj.3147) (published online Feb 2020)
- Kleinaltenkamp, M.J. and Ansari, S. (2022) “Blockchain and the performativity of emerging technology theories.” Perspectives on Process Organization Studies (P-PROS) (forthcoming)
- Kor, Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Tan, D. (2022) “Edith Penrose’s under-explored insights in strategic management and international business research.” Strategic Management Review (forthcoming)
- Liu, W., Beltagui, A., Ye, S. and Williamson, P. (2022) “Harnessing exaptation and ecosystem strategy for accelerated innovation: lessons from the VentilatorChallengeUK.” California Management Review (DOI: 10.1177/00081256211056651) (published online Nov 2021)
- Ma, S., Kor, Y.Y. and Seidl, D. (2022) “Top management team role structure: a vantage point for advancing upper echelons research.” Strategic Management Journal (DOI: 10.1002/smj.3368) (published online Dec 2021)
- Neuberger, I., Kroezen, J. and Tracey, P. (2022) “Balancing ‘protective disguise’ with ‘harmonious advocacy’: social venture legitimation in authoritarian contexts.” Academy of Management Journal (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2020.0517) (published online Nov 2021)
- Rauch, M. and Ansari, S. (2022) “Diaries as a methodological innovation for studying grand challenges.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series (forthcoming)
- Rauch, M. and Ansari, S. (2022) “From ‘publish or perish’ to societal impact: organizational repurposing towards responsible innovation through creating a medical platform.” Journal of Management Studies, 59(1): 61-91 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12737)
- Rauch, M. and Ansari, S. (2022) “Waging war from remote cubicles: how workers cope with technologies that disrupt the meaning and morality of their work.” Organization Science (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2021.1555) (published online Nov 2021)
- Williamson, P.J., Symeou, P.C. and Zyglidopoulos, S. (2022) “International diversification, legitimacy, and corporate social performance of extractive industry multinationals.” Global Strategy Journal (DOI: 10.1002/gsj.1405) (published online May 2021)
- Fraser, J. and Ansari, S. (2021) “Pluralist perspectives and diverse responses: exploring multiplexed framing in incumbent responses to digital disruption.” Long Range Planning, 54(5): 102016 (DOI: 10.1016/j.lrp.2020.102016)
- Kroezen, J., Ravasi, D., Sasaki, I., Żebrowska, M. and Suddaby, R. (2021) “Configurations of craft: alternative models for organizing work.” Academy of Management Annals, 15(2): 502-536 (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2019.0145)
- Munir, K.A. (2021) “Inequality in the time of corona virus.” Journal of Management Studies, 58(2): 607-610 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12674)
- Munir, K., Ansari, S. and Brown, D. (2021) “From Patañjali to the ‘gospel of sweat’: yoga’s remarkable transformation from a sacred movement into a thriving global market.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(3): 854-899 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839221993475)
- Nasirov, S., Li, Q.C. and Kor, Y.Y. (2021) “Converting technological inventions into new products: the role of CEO human capital.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, 38(5): 522-547 (DOI: 10.1111/jpim.12601)
- Paolella, L. and Syakhroza, M.A. (2021) “Beyond the insider-outsider divide: heterogeneous effects of organizational identity and category taken-for-grantedness on conformity.” Social Forces, 99(4): 1487-1517 (DOI: 10.1093/sf/soaa081) (available online via ResearchGate)
- Radić, M., Ravasi, D. and Munir, K. (2021) “Privatization: implications of a shift from state to private ownership.” Journal of Management, 47(6): 1596-1629 (DOI: 10.1177/0149206320988356)
- Reinecke, J. and Ansari, S. (2021) “Microfoundations of framing: the interactional production of collective action frames in the Occupy movement.” Academy of Management Journal, 64(2): 378-408 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2018.1063)
- Williamson, P.J. (2021) “Chinese cost innovation, the Shanzhai phenomenon, and accelerated innovation.” In: Fu, X., McKern, B. and Chen, J. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of China innovation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, New York
- Williamson, P. (2021) “De-globalisation and decoupling: post-COVID-19 myths versus realities.” Management and Organization Review, 17(1): 29-34 (DOI: 10.1017/mor.2020.80)
- Williamson, P., Guo, B. and Yin, E. (2021) “When can Chinese competitors catch up? Market and capability ladders and their implications for multinationals.” Business Horizons, 64(2): 223-237 (DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2020.11.007)
- Woodcraft, C. and Munir, K.A. (2021) “How COVID-19 is shifting the North-South philanthropic power dynamic.” Stanford Social Innovation Review, 24 March 2021
- Zhang, M.Y. and Williamson, P. (2021) “The emergence of multiplatform ecosystems: insights from China’s mobile payments system in overcoming bottlenecks to reach the mass market.” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 173: 21128 (DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2021.121128)
- Zhou, A.J., Williamson, P.J. and Tung, R.L. (2021) “Editorial.” Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 28(2): 229-234 (DOI: 10.1108/CCSM-05-2021-237)
- Amis, J.M., Mair, J. and Munir, K. (2020) “The organizational reproduction of inequality.” Academy of Management Annals, 14(1): 195-230 (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2017.0033)
- Brüggemann, I., Kroezen, J. and Tracey, P. (2020) “Fighting ‘factory fiction’: the evolution of a marginalized institutional logic in UK trade book publishing.” In: Steele, C., Gehman, J., Toubiani, M., Hannigan, T. and Glaser, V. (eds.) Macrofoundations of institutions (Research in the Sociology of Organizations). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing (forthcoming)
- Castro, A., Phillips, N. and Ansari, S. (2020) “Corporate corruption: a review and an agenda for future research.” Academy of Management Annals, 14(2) (DOI: 10.5465/annals.2018.0156)
- De Meyer, A. and Williamson, P.J. (2020) Ecosystem edge: sustaining competitiveness in the face of disruption. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
- Guillén, M. (2020) 2030: how today’s biggest trends will collide and change the future of everything. New York, NY: St Martin’s Press/Macmillan.
- Kor, Y.Y., Ma, S. and Seidl, D. (2020) “Opportunities and pitfalls of advice seeking by CEOs and executives.” Harvard Business Review China, August: 132-139
- Ma, S., Kor, Y.Y. and Seidl, D. (2020) “CEO advice seeking: an integrative framework and future research agenda.” Journal of Management, 46(6): 771–805 (DOI: 10.1177/0149206319885430)
- Marquis, C. (2020) Better business: how the B corp movement is remaking capitalism. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
- Marquis, C. and Qiao, K. (2020) “Waking from Mao’s dream: communist ideological imprinting and the internationalization of entrepreneurial ventures in China.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 65(3): 795-830 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839218792837)
- Munir, K.A. (2020) “Challenging institutional theory’s critical credentials.” Organization Theory, 1(1) (DOI: 10.1177/2631787719887975)
- Rauch, M.S. and Ansari, S. (2020) “Serendipity and framing in the emergence of a platform for responsible innovation.” Academy of Management Proceedings, 2020(1) (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2020.13330abstract)
- Rauch, M. and Ansari, S. (2020) “From ‘publish or perish’ to societal impact: framing and serendipity in the emergence of a platform for responsible innovation.” Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 7-11 August 2020, Vancouver, Canada.
- Tan, D., Su, W., Mahoney, J.T. and Kor, Y. (2020) “A review of research on the growth of multinational enterprises: a Penrosean lens.” Journal of International Business Studies, 51: 498-537 (DOI: 10.1057/s41267-020-00328-8)
- Wan, F., Williamson, P. and Pandit, N.R. (2020) “MNE liability of foreignness versus local firm-specific advantages: the case of the Chinese management software industry.” International Business Review, 29(1): 101623 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2019.101623)
- Wan, F., Williamson, P., Yin, E. and Lei, L. (2020) “Is disruptive innovation in emerging economies different? Evidence from China.” Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 57: 101590 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2020.101590)
- Williamson, P. (2020) “Realizing the potential of the Belt and Road Initiative: what role for M&A?” In: De Cremer, D., McKern, B. and McGuire, J. (eds.) The Belt and Road Initiative: opportunities and challenges of a Chinese economic ambition. London: Sage, pp.221-235
- Kroezen, J.J. and Heugens, P.P.M.A.R. (2019) “What is dead may never die: institutional regeneration through logic reemergence in Dutch beer brewing.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 64(4): 976-1019 (DOI: 10.1177/0001839218817520)
- Purdy, J., Ansari, S. and Gray, B. (2019) “Are logics enough? Framing as an alternative tool for understanding institutional meaning making.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 28(4): 409-419 (DOI: 10.1177/1056492617724233)
- Ramamurti, R. and Williamson, P.J. (2019) “Rivalry between emerging-market MNEs and developed-country MNEs: capability holes and the race to the future.” Business Horizons, 62(2): 157-169 (DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2018.11.001)
- Roulet, T., Paolella, L., Gabbionnetta, C. and Muzio, D. (2019) “Up or aside? Micro-foundations of institutional change in the career structure of UK elite law firms.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 51: 327-353 (DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X2019000065A025) (available online)
- Syakhroza, M.A., Paolella, L. and Munir, K. (2019) “Holier than thou? Identity buffers and adoption of controversial practices in the Islamic banking category.” Academy of Management Journal, 62(4): 1252-1277 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1017)
- Thananusak, T. and Ansari, S. (2019) “Knowledge production and consumption in the digital era: the emergence of altmetrics and open access publishing in management studies.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 59: 77-102 (DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20190000059005)
- Trevor, J. and Williamson, P. (2019) “How to design an ambidextrous organisation.” The European Business Review, 24 April 2019
- Wan, F., Williamson, P. and Yin, E. (2019) “Enabling cost innovation by non-traditional organizational processes: the case of Chinese firms.” Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 139: 352-361 (10.1016/j.techfore.2018.12.003)
- Wang, D., Du, F. and Marquis, C. (2019) “Defending Mao’s dream: how politicians’ ideological imprinting affects firms’ political appointment in China.” Academy of Management Journal, 62(4): 1111-1136 (DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.1198)
- Williamson, P. and De Meyer, A. (2019) “How to monetize a business ecosystem.” Harvard Business Review, 30 September 2019
- Williamson, P.J. and Wan, F. (2019) “How real are the opportunities for multinationals in China?” In: Grosse, R. and Meyer, K.E. (eds.) The Oxford handbook of management in emerging markets. New York: Oxford University Press, pp.745-762
- Williamson, P.J., Wu, X. and Yin, E. (2019) “Learning from Huawei’s superfluidity.” Ivey Business Journal, May/Jun
- Amis, J.M., Munir, K.A., Lawrence, T.B., Hirsch, P. and McGahan, A. (2018) “Inequality, institutions and organizations.” Organization Studies, 39(9): 1131-1152 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840618792596)
- Brüggemann, I., Tracey, P. and Kroezen, J. (2018) “Bridging divides: translating sustainable livelihoods to Indonesia through empowerment work.” Academy of Management Proceedings, 2018(1) (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2018.46)
- Hertenstein, P. and Williamson, P.J. (2018) “The role of suppliers in enabling differing innovation strategies of competing multinationals from emerging and advanced economies: German and Chinese automotive firms compared.” Technovation, 70–71: 46-58 (DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2018.02.008)
- Klitsie, E.J., Ansari, S. and Volberda, H.W. (2018) “Maintenance of cross-sector partnerships: the role of frames in sustained collaboration.” Journal of Business Ethics, 150(2): 401–423 (DOI: 10.1007/s10551-018-3859-5)
- Kumaraswamy, A., Garud, R. and Ansari, S. (2018) “Perspectives on disruptive innovations.” Journal of Management Studies, 55(7): 1025-1042 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12399)
- Kumaraswamy, A., Garud, R. and Ansari, S. (eds.) (2018) “Special issue on managing in the age of disruptions.” Journal of Management Studies, 55(7)
- Lawrence, T.B., Amis, J.M., Munir, K.A., Hirsch, P. and McGahan, A. (eds.) (2018) “Special issue on inequality, institutions and organizations.” Organization Studies, 39(9)
- Liang, H., Marquis, C., Renneboog, L. and Sun, S.L. (2018) “Future-time framing: the effect of language on corporate future orientation.” Organization Science, 29(6): 1093-1111 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2018.1217)
- Marquis, C. and Bird, Y. (2018) “The paradox of responsive authoritarianism: how civic activism spurs environmental penalties in China.” Organization Science, 29(5): 948-968 (DOI: 10.1287/orsc.2018.1212)
- Munir, K., Ayaz, M., Levy, D.L. and Willmott, H. (2018) “The role of intermediaries in governance of global production networks: restructuring work relations in Pakistan’s apparel industry.” Human Relations, 71(4): 560-583 (DOI: 10.1177/0018726717722395)
- Munir, K. and Naqvi, N. (2018) “Privatization in the land of believers: the political economy of privatization in Pakistan.” Modern Asian Studies, 51(6): 1695-1726 (DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X16000585)
- Pettus, M.L., Kor, Y.Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Michael, S.C. (2018) “Sequencing and timing of strategic responses after industry disruption: evidence from post-deregulation competition in the US railroad industry.” Strategic Organization, 16(4): 373-400 (DOI: 10.1177/1476127017743502)
- Purdy, J., Kish‐Gephart, J., Labianca, G. and Ansari, S. (2018) “Connections and collaboration: celebrating the contributions of Barbara Gray.” Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 11(1): 88-107 (DOI: 10.1111/ncmr.12118)
- Symeou, P.C., Zyglidopoulos, S. and Williamson, P. (2018) “Internationalization as a driver of the corporate social performance of extractive industry firms.” Journal of World Business, 53(1): 27-38 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2017.07.004)
- Van Dijk, M., Kroezen, J. and Slob, B. (2018) “From Pilsner desert to craft beer oasis: the rise of craft brewing in the Netherlands.” In: Swinnen, J. and Garavaglia, C. (eds.) The craft beer revolution: a global economic perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.259-294
- Wiedner, R. and Ansari, S. (2018) “Appreciating emergence and serendipity in qualitative research: resisting the urge to follow set plans.” In: Mir, R. and Jain, S. (eds.) The Routledge companion to qualitative research in organization studies. New York: Routledge, pp.343-357
- Williamson, P.J., Hoenderop, S. and Hoenderop, J. (2018) “An alternative benchmark for the validity of China’s GDP growth statistics.” Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, 16(2): 171-191 (DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2018.1438867)
- Williamson, P. and Wan, F. (2018) “Emerging market multinationals and the concept of ownership advantages.” International Journal of Emerging Markets, 13(3): 557-567 (DOI: 10.1108/IJoEM-08-2017-0319)
- Williamson, P.J., Wu, X. and Yin, E. (2018) “Super-fluidity: creating an organization that flexes with the market [in Chinese].” Harvard Business Review China, May: 121-127
- Amis, J.M., Munir, K.A. and Mair, J. (2017) “Institutions and economic inequality.” In: Greenwood, R., Oliver, C., Lawrence, T. and Meyer, R. (eds.) The SAGE handbook of organizational institutionalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2nd edition, pp.705-736
- Boutinot, A., Joly, I., Mangematin, V. and Ansari, S. (2017) “Exploring the links between reputation and fame: evidence from French contemporary architecture.” Organization Studies, 38(10): 1397-1420 (DOI: 10.1177/0170840616670433)
- Castro, A. and Ansari, S. (2017) “Contextual ‘readiness’ for institutional work: a study of the fight against corruption in Brazil.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 26(4): 351-365 (DOI: 10.1177/1056492617696887)
- Chen, P.-L., Kor, Y., Mahoney, J.T. and Tan, D. (2017) “Pre-market-entry experience and post-market-entry learning of the board of directors: implications for post-entry performance.” Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 11(4): 441–463 (DOI: 10.1002/sej.1251)
- Foster, W.M., Coraiola, D.M., Suddaby, R., Kroezen, J. and Chandler, D. (2017) “The strategic use of historical narratives: a theoretical framework.” Business History, 59(8), 1176-1200 (DOI: 10.1080/00076791.2016.1224234)
- Heyden, M.L.M., Fourné, S.P.L., Koene, B.A.S., Werkman, R. and Ansari, S. (2017) “Rethinking ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ roles of top and middle managers in organizational change: implications for employee support.” Journal of Management Studies, 54(7): 961–985 (DOI: 10.1111/joms.12258)
- Kor, Y.Y., Prabhu, J. and Esposito, M. (2017) “How large food retailers can help solve the food waste crisis.” Harvard Business Review, 19 December 2017
- Marquis, C., Yin, L. and Yang, D. (2017) “State-mediated globalization processes and the adoption of corporate social responsibility reporting in China.” Management and Organization Review, 13(1): 167-191 (DOI: 10.1017/mor.2016.55)
- Paolella, L. and Sharkey, A.J. (2017) “Forging consensus: an integrated view of how categories shape the perception of organizational identity.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 51: 327-353 (DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20170000051009) (available online)
- Quinn, Q. and Munir, K. (2017) “Hybrid categories as political devices: the case of impact investing in frontier markets.” In: Durrand, R., Granqvist, N. and Tyllström, A. (eds.) From categories to categorization: studies in sociology, organizations and strategy at the crossroads (Research in the Sociology of Organizations). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, pp.113-150 (DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X20170000051002)
- Yin, E., Ansari, S. and Akhtar, N. (2017) “Radical innovation, paradigm shift and incumbent’s dilemma: the case of the auto industry.” Future Studies Research Journal, 9(1): 138-148 (DOI: 10.24023/FutureJournal/2175-5825/2017.v9i1.301)
The Strategy and International Business subject group hosts a seminar series of distinguished visiting scholars. Please contact Luke Slater, if you would like to be added to the mailing list.
A Strategy and International Business seminar with Dr Ivona Hideg, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
A Strategy and International Business seminar with Professor Maja Korica, IÉSEG School of Management, Université Catholique de Lille.
A Strategy and International Business seminar with Professor Rodolphe Durand, HEC Paris.
Speaker: Geoffrey G Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School, Harvard University.
Speaker: Fabrice Lumineau, Professor of Management and Strategy at HKU Business School, The University of Hong Kong.
A Strategy and International Business seminar with Dr Amanda Sharkey, W P Carey School of Business.