Professor Mehdi Boussebaa
- Professor in International Business (Management)
Professor Mehdi Boussebaa joined the Adam Smith Business School in 2016 and currently serves as the lead of the International Business and Enterprise Research Cluster. He is also Associate Editor of Critical Perspectives on International Business and serves on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of World Business, Organization Studies, and Journal of Professions and Organization. Previously, he worked at the universities of Bath and Oxford. He has also held visiting positions in Canada (Alberta), China (Tongji and UIBE), France (Aix-Marseille), and Sweden (Lund). He holds a PhD and an MA (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick.
Mehdi's research examines diverse aspects of corporate globalisation from a broadly sociological perspective and with a focus on North-South relations. Empirically, he concentrates on multinationals in knowledge-intensive and professional service sectors. In recent years, he has also extended his analysis to business schools and the geopolitics of management knowledge production. His work is informed by, and contributes to, theories of globalisation and the multinational enterprise, postcolonial studies, institutional theory, discourse/identity theory, international political economy, and research on professional organisations.
Mehdi's research has been published in a wide range of leading and 'FT Top 50' journals, such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Organizations Studies, Human Relations, Organization, and Journal of Management Inquiry, among others. Mehdi has also contributed chapters to major edited volumes such as The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations (2020) and The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms (2015). He was shortlisted twice for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (City of London) and was also a finalist for the US Academy of Management's all-academy Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper.
Prior to joining academia, Mehdi spent 2½ years working for a leading (now defunct) US telecoms market research and consulting firm in London following undergraduate studies at Cass Business School and (as an Erasmus student) Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Mehdi is the lead of the International Business and Enterprise Research Cluster research cluster.
Areas of Expertise:
- The impact of globalisation on work and organisation
- Professional service firms as agents of globalisation
- Multinationals in and from emerging markets, with a particular focus on Africa and China
- The geopolitics of management knowledge production
- Qualitative 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 two 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.
Mehdi's teaching draws on the fields of international business, organisation studies, international political economy, and postcolonial studies. He has taught across all levels, from first year undergraduate to masters’ modules and doctoral training. He has delivered teaching at several institutions in the UK (Glasgow, Bath, Exeter, Warwick) and internationally (Beijing, Shanghai, Kenya, Kuwait City). His teaching is closely related to his research on corporate globalisation, the organisation of multinational enterprises and the role of professional service firms as agents of globalisation. Each year, he supervises several undergraduate, masters and MBA dissertations each year and currently teaches the following courses:
- International Management
- Understanding Transnational Corporations
- 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
- Editorial Board Member, Human Relations, 09/2020 - present
- Visiting Professor, University of Bath School of Management, 01/2017 - 01/2020
- Associate Editor, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Emerald, since 01/2016
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of World Business, since 01/2017
- Editorial Board Member, Organization Studies, Sage Publications, since 2013
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Professions & Organization, Oxford University Press, since 2013
- External Examiner, University of Edinburgh Business School, 2014-2018
- Shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, 2017
- Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 2009-2018
- Invited LabexMed Scholar, Aix-Marseille Université Aix-en-Provence, France, May 2016
- Shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, 2016
- Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research, University of Bath School of Management, 2015
- Invited Visiting Professor, 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
- Invited Post-Doctoral Researcher, Alberta School of Business, Canada, 2009