Professor Mehdi Boussebaa
- Professor in International Business (Management)
Mehdi Boussebaa is Professor of International Business at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, where he also leads the International Business and Enterprise Research Cluster.
His research examines diverse aspects of corporate globalisation from a broadly postcolonial sociological perspective, with a specialist focus on professional service firms. In recent years, he has also extended his analysis to include the politics of management knowledge and English as a global business language. He has also been active in the 'decolonising the business school' movement through writing, workshops and symposia.
Mehdi's work has been published widely in leading journals such as Critical Perspectives on International Business, Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Professions and Organization, Journal of World Business, Organization and Organization Studies. One of his papers was a finalist for the US Academy of Management's Carolyn Dexter Award and another two were shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (City of London).
Mehdi is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Critical Perspectives on International Business and serves on the editorial boards of several major journals in the field of international business and beyond. He has held visiting positions in Canada (Alberta), China (Tongji and UIBE), France (Aix-Marseille), and Sweden (Lund).
Mehdi earned his PhD from the University of Warwick. He then completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford before joining the University of Bath School of Management in 2009. He received the Dean's Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research at Bath in 2015 (and the Dean's Award for Research Excellence in 2012). He joined Glasgow in 2016.
Prior to becoming an academic, Mehdi spent 2½ years working for a leading (now defunct) US telecoms market research and consulting firm in London following undergraduate studies at Bayes (formerly Cass) Business School and (as an Erasmus student) Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He speaks four major world languages, which enables him to learn from and engage with people from across the globe.
Areas of expertise:
- Corporate globalisation and global north-south relations
- Transnational professional service firms as agents of 'globalisation'
- The politics of management knowledge
- Decolonising business school research and education
- Postcolonial theorising
- English as a 'global' business language
- Qualitatieve research
- BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, 2020
- "High-end Foreign Experts Program" award, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Beijing, China, 2018
- International Research Mobility Award, LabexMed, Aix-Marseille Université, France, 2016
- Research Seed Corn Fund Award, University of Bath School of Management, 2013
- Research Seed Corn Fund Award, University of Bath School of Management, 2011
- Research Mobility Award, Alberta School of Business, Canada, 2009
- Strategic Development Fund Award, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2009
- Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 2008-2009
- Overseas Institutional Visit Award, ESRC, 2007
Mehdi currently co-supervises three doctoral students at Glasgow and one at Warwick. He welcomes applications from potential students in the area of globalisation and international business and from those wanting to explore management/organisational issues in a global context. See Mehdi's 'Research Interests' section for potential topics.
- Bristy, Jannatul Ferdous
Identity Regulation by Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) through Employer Branding: A Postcolonial Perspective
Mehdi has taught across all levels, in the UK and internationally. His teaching is research-led and draws on a broad field of scholarship, including international business, organisation studies, international political economy, and postcolonial thought. He has a keen interest in helping students develop a broad-based, interdisciplinary and critical understanding of international business and management. Each year, he supervises several undergraduate, masters and MBA dissertations, and currently teaches the following courses:
- International Management
- Understanding Transnational Corporations
- Co-Editor-in-Chief, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Emerald, since 01/2022
- Associate Editor, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Emerald, since 01/2016-12/2021
Editorial Review Board Memberships
- Journal of Management Studies, 01/2021 - present
- Human Relations, 09/2020 - present
- Journal of World Business, 01/2017 - present
- Organization Studies, Sage Publications, since 2013
- Journal of Professions & Organization, Oxford University Press, since 2013
- Visiting Professor, University of International Business & Economics (UIBE), Beijing, China, 07/2017 - present
- Fellow, Scaling Business in Africa (SBIA) consortium, University of Edinburgh, 10/2020 – present
- Visiting Professor, University of Bath School of Management, 01/2017 - 01/2020
- External Examiner, University of Edinburgh Business School, 2014-2018
- Shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, 2016 and 2017
- Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 2009-2018
- Invited LabexMed Scholar, Aix-Marseille Université Aix-en-Provence, France, May 2016
- Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research, University of Bath School of Management, 2015
- Invited Visiting Lecturer, University of Tongji School of Management & Economics, Shanghai, China, September 2014
- Invited Scholar, University of Lund School of Economics & Management, Sweden, May 2014
- Finalist for the Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper, US Academy of Management (All-Academy Award), 2014
- Invited Scholar, Laboratoire d’Economie et de Sociologie du Travail (LEST), Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, May-June 2013
- Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, University of Bath School of Management, 2012
- Dean’s Award for Innovation & Enterprise, University of Bath School of Management, 2011