Klaus E. Meyer, PhD

Professor of Strategy and International Business
China Europe International Business School, Shanghai

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I have been a Professor of International Business at Ivey Business School, Western University, in London, Ontario since November 2017.

Previously, I have been at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai for six years as a Professor of Strategy and International Business. Before that I was a professor at the University of Bath and the University of Reading in England, and I spend eight years with the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. I also held visiting positions at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2001/02) and t National Cheng-chi University in Taipei (spring 2005).

I graduated with a PhD from London Business School, UK in 1997 with a dissertation on "Determinants of Direct Foreign Investment in the Transition Economies in Central and Eastern Europe", which received the best thesis award by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies. I also have a Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc Econ) degree from University of Göttingen, Germany having spend one year of this education at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. I also spend two years in banking with the Nord/LB in Braunschweig, Germany.

My research focuses on the strategies of multinational enterprises in emerging economies. I am in particular interested in how firms adapt their business strategies to the specific conditions prevailing in each emerging economy. I have thus investigated foreign investor's choice of entry mode and foreign acquisitions in transition economies. My research also extends to the impact of foreign investors on the economic transition and development of the host economies, for instance in the context of privatization related acquisitions. Recently, I have also taken an interest in multinational enterprises originating from emerging economies, such as China, with a focus on how the context of the home country affects their pattern of their outward investment.

Of awards received for my research, I most appreciate the 'Decade Award' received from the Journal of International Business Studies for our 2005 paper "Probing theoretically into Central and Eastern Europe: Transactions, resources and institutions". Moreover, the Fellows of the Academy of International Business elected me as a Fellow a few years ago.

With Mike Peng, I have written a textbook "International Business" (3rd edition in 2019), which provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of international business and is primarily aimed at students in courses taught in English across Europe. Hence, the book specifically incorporates issues and contexts relevant to European businesses.

Related to research, I hold some responsibilities in scholarly associations and journals. Currently, I am an area Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. Other recent roles include position of Vice President of the Academy of International Business (AIB) with responsibility for the 2014 program in Vancouver. I was also Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Management and Organization Review, and  senior editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Management (2007-2014), book review editor for the Journal of International Business Studies (2000-05), track chair for the AIB conference in Beijing (2006), Rio de Janeiro (2010) and Nagoya (2011). 

My current and recent teaching focuses on core courses in International Business and Strategic Management, as well as specialist courses such as Global Strategy and Business in Emerging Markets/China to MSc, MBA and EMBA programs.

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