I graduated from Uppsala University in Sweden with a Master and PhD and worked there as Assistant and Associate Professor for some years. I later joined Oslo Business School (later merged with the Norwegian School of Management) Norway as an Associate Dean, responsible to develop a MBA and an Executive MBA programmes that became the flagship programmes for the school. After some years, I joined the University of Groningen in Netherlands as Professor and Chair in the Faculty of Management and Organization and during the period 1997 – 2001, I served the faculty as a Dean. During this period, I developed several international Master programmes in collaboration with Uppsala University and University of Florida Gainesville, USA.
In 2001, I was asked to join Manchester Business School as Professor and Chair, where my main task was to develop an International Business Group and a Master programme in International Business and Management. In 2007, the International Business subject area at Manchester Business School was ranked as fifth in the world, second in Europe and number one in the UK by the Financial Times annual ranking. I then joined King’s College London as a Chaired Professor in May 2008 and worked there until I was approached by the University of Birmingham in 2015, where I am working at present. During the 7 years at King’s, I developed the MSc International Marketing and totally reorganised the MSc in International Management.
During the years at King’s, I had an exciting portfolio of three fully funded research projects (funded by FP7- EU, ESRC and Soderberg’s Foundation Sweden). The focus in these projects has been Multinational Enterprises and their strategies and activities in Emerging Markets. For example, in the FP7-EU funded project (€ 2.3 million); “The impact of Multinational Enterprises on poverty reduction and sustainable development in Emerging Markets” was investigated. At present, I am working on a research project; “Developing an inclusive digital framework to empower poorer youth and women in emerging markets” that is funded by ESRC – GCRF (£760,000), with University of Oxford, UK.
To date I have supervised more than 20 PhD candidates, most of whom are now working as Assistant/Associate Professors in well known universities across the globe. I have supervised European students, across more than 100 Masters dissertations. At Birmingham University I served as director for PhD Programmes from 2015 to 2017.
I also sit on the Board of Directors for the Centre of International Business at Leeds University Business School in the U.K.. Whilst serving on several review panels worldwide – from reviewing academic programs through to external assessments for professorships. I am regularly invited to academic and professional conferences as a keynote speaker.
Over the years I have served as Visiting Professor at:
University of South Australia, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; FGV, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lund University, Sweden; University of Vaasa, Finland; Complutense University Madrid, Spain; University of Pavia, Italy; PUC University Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Maastricht University, The Netherlands; Heinrick-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany; Robert-Schuman University, Strasbourg, CERAM School of Management, Nice, University of Lyon and EM Lyon, France; ESCP-Europe, Berlin and Paris University of Kuwait, Kuwait; University of Bahrain, Bahrain; University of Lyon – 3, France; University of Valancia, Spain; and Michigan State University, USA.