Professor Mehdi Boussebaa
- Professor in International Business (Management)
Professor Mehdi Boussebaa leads the International Business and Enterprise Research Cluster and is Associate Editor of Critical Perspectives on International Business. He also serves on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Organization Studies, and Journal of Professions and Organization.
Prior to joining Glasgow in 2016, 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 lies at the intersection of International Business and Organisation Studies and draws on institutional theory, postcolonial theory and international political economy. His main research examines global-local dynamics in and around multinationals and the role of these organisations as agents of 'globalisation', with a particular interest in the influence of colonial legacies on these issues. Empirically, he has a specialist focus on multinationals in knowledge-intensive and professional service sectors. In recent years, he has also extended his analysis to (1) English as the lingua franca of international business and global academia and (2) the geopolitics of management knowledge production.
Mehdi's research has been published in a range of major journals such as Human Relations, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Organization Studies, among others. He received the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research at the University of Bath School of Management in 2015 (and the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2012). He was also shortlisted twice (2016 and 2017) for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (City of London).
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.
- Global-local dynamics in and around multinationals
- Professional service multinationals as agents of 'globalisation'
- English as the lingua franca of international business and global academia
- The geopolitics of management knowledge production
- Postcolonial theorising
- 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 four 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
Cross-national Transfer of Management Practices by Emerging Market Multinationals: A Case Study on Bangladesh
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 theory. He has a keen interest in helping students develop a broad-based 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
- 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, Journal of Management Studies, 01/2021 - 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