Professor Mehdi Boussebaa

  • Professor in International Business (Management)

telephone: 0141 330 4579
email: Mehdi.Boussebaa@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

I joined the Adam Smith Business School in 2016 and currently serve as the deputy lead of the International Business & Enterprise Research Cluster. Previously, I worked at the University of Bath and the University of Oxford, where I retain roles as Visiting Professor and International Research Fellow, respectively. I have also held visiting positions in Canada, China, France, India and Sweden. I currently am Associate Editor of Critical Perspectives on International Business and serve on the editorial boards of Journal of World Business, Organization Studies and Journal of Professions and Organization. I hold a PhD and an MA (with Distinction) from the University of Warwick. 

My research examines two related issues: (1) the impact of globalization on organizational behaviour and (2) the role of multinationals in the globalization process. I am especially interested in issues of culture, language, identity and power, with a particular focus on the ways in which the colonial past bears upon these phenomena as they interact with the 'global'. Empirically, I examine these issues principally in the professional services sector and higher education using qualitative research methods. Theoretically, my work is informed by international business studies, institutional theory, Foucauldian theorizing, postcolonial theory and research on the professions and professional service firms. 

My work has been published in a wide range of leading academic journals as well as major edited volumes. In 2015, I received the Dean’s Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Research at the University of Bath School of Management (and the Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2012). One of my recent papers – the first postcolonial analysis to be published in the top-ranked Journal of International Business Studies – was a finalist for the US Academy of Management’s all-academy Carolyn Dexter Award for the Best International Paper. I have also been shortlisted twice (2016 and 2017) for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Cup awarded by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

Prior to joining academia, I spent 2½ years working for a leading (now bankrupt) US telecoms research and consulting firm in London following undergraduate studies at Cass Business School and (as an Erasmus student) Complutense de Madrid, Spain. I was born in France and speak Algerian Arabic, French and Spanish as well as English.


Research interests

Mehdi is a member of the International Business and Enterprise research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Organizational globalization in business and in academia;
  • The relationship between organizational globalization and national identities and institutions
  • Identity, language and power in and through multinational enterprises;
  • Global professional service firms, their management and their role in transnational institution and identity building;
  • Postcolonial theory.

Grants

  • 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

Supervision

I welcome applications from potential doctoral students in the related areas of globalisation, international management and transnational governance. I am particularly, but not exclusively, interested in the following topics:

  • The lived experience of organisational globalisation, especially in emerging markets;
  • Identity management in global and internationalising organisations;
  • Globalisation in the professional services sector;
  • Globalisation in business schools and universities more broadly;
  • Headquarters-subsidiary relations and knowledge/practice transfer in multinational enterprises;
  • The ethics of international business;
  • The history of international business.

Current PhD students

Christoph Biber

I am also currently supervising one doctoral student at the University of Bath:

  • Rachel Johnson - internationalisation in the higher education sector

Additional information

  • International Research Fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford, since 2009;
  • Visiting Professor, University of Bath School of Management, since January 2017
  • Associate Editor, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Emerald, since January 2016;
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of World Business, since January 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, since 2014;
  • Shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Cup, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, 2017;
  • Invited LabexMed Scholar, Aix-Marseille Université Aix-en-Provence, France, May 2016;
  • Shortlisted for the Col. Lyndall F Urwick Memorial Cup, Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, 2016;
  • Invited Scholar, Indian Institute of Management Indore, India, June 2015;
  • 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.

Publications

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Number of items: 25.

2018

Boussebaa, M. (2018) Management Research: European Perspectives, Sabina Siebert (Ed.). Journal of International Management, (doi:10.1016/j.intman.2018.04.001) [Book Review] (Early Online Publication)

2017

Boussebaa, M. (2017) Global professional service firms, transnational organizing and core/periphery networks. In: Seabrooke, L. and Henriksen, L. F. (eds.) Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 233-244. ISBN 9781107181878

Boussebaa, M. and Brown, A. D. (2017) Englishization, identity regulation and imperialism. Organization Studies, 38(1), pp. 7-29. (doi:10.1177/0170840616655494)

Andersson, U. et al. (2017) Challenges facing contemporary multinational enterprises: Charting directions for future research on MNEs. Working Paper. Aalto University.

2016

Boussebaa, M. and Faulconbridge, J. (2016) The work of global professional service firms. In: Wilkinson, A., Hislop, D. and Coupland, C. (eds.) Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work: Challenges and Experiences. Series: New horizons in management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, pp. 105-122. ISBN 9781783475575 (doi:10.4337/9781783475582.00014)

2015

Boussebaa, M. (2015) Control in the multinational enterprise: The polycentric case of global professional service firms. Journal of World Business, 50(4), pp. 696-703. (doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2014.11.002)

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2015) Internationalization of professional service firms. In: Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 71-91. ISBN 9780199682393 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199682393.013.5)

Boussebaa, M. (2015) Professional service firms, globalisation and the new imperialism. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 28(8), pp. 1217-1233. (doi:10.1108/AAAJ-03-2015-1986)

2014

Boussebaa, M., Sinha, S. and Gabriel, Y. (2014) Englishization in offshore call centers: a postcolonial perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(9), pp. 1152-1169. (doi:10.1057/jibs.2014.25)

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2014) Pushing the frontiers of critical international business studies. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 10(1/2), pp. 96-106. (doi:10.1108/cpoib-11-2013-0046)

Boussebaa, M., Sturdy, A. and Morgan, G. (2014) Learning from the world? Horizontal knowledge flows and geopolitics in international consulting firms. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(9), pp. 1227-1242. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2013.826711)

2012

Boussebaa, M., Morgan, G. and Sturdy, A. (2012) Constructing global firms? National, transnational and neocolonial effects in international management consultancies. Organization Studies, 33(4), pp. 465-486. (doi:10.1177/0170840612443454)

Taminiau, Y., Boussebaa, M. and Berghman, L. (2012) Convergence or divergence? A comparison of informal consultant–client relationship development practices in Britain, France and Germany. Service Industries Journal, 32(10), pp. 1707-1720. (doi:10.1080/02642069.2012.665902)

Boussebaa, M. (2012) La construction de la multinationale “apatride”: le cas des entreprises mondiales de services professionnels. In: Mendez, A., Tchobanian, R. and Vion, A. (eds.) Travail, Compétences et Mondialisation: Les Dynamiques Sociétales en Question. Series: Armand Colin - recherches. Armand Colin: Paris. ISBN 9782200272685

Boussebaa, M. (2012) Power, conflict and control in global professional service firms. Other. Saïd Business School, Oxford.

Boussebaa, M. (2012) The globalisation of professional service firms (and its limits). Bath Perspective, 18, pp. 31-35.

2011

Boussebaa, M. (2011) The global organizational design of the "Big Four" [opening case]. In: Peng, M. and Meyer, K. (eds.) International Business. Cengage Learning: London : South-Western, pp. 456-457. ISBN 9781408019566

Greenwood, R., Fairclough, S., Morris, T. and Boussebaa, M. (2011) The transnational professional service firm: the rise of the multiplex PSF. Other. Saïd Business School, Oxford.

2010

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2010) Amplifier consulting: managing a ‘global’ project [case]. In: Daft, R. L., Murphy, J. and Willmot, H. (eds.) Organization theory and design. Cengage Learning EMEA: 9781844809905, pp. 256-259. ISBN 9781844809905

Greenwood, R., Morris, T., Fairclough, S. and Boussebaa, M. (2010) The organizational design of transnational professional service firms. Organizational Dynamics, 39(2), pp. 173-183. (doi:10.1016/j.orgdyn.2010.01.003)

2009

Spicer, A. and Boussebaa, M. (2009) Managing conflict: the curious case of neuro-linguistic programming. In: Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (eds.) The Management of Everyday Life. Series: Palgrave critical management studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke ; New York, pp. 164-178. ISBN 9780230524798

Boussebaa, M. (2009) Struggling to organize across national borders: the case of global resource management in professional service firms. Human Relations, 62(6), pp. 829-850. (doi:10.1177/0018726709104544)

2008

Boussebaa, M. (2008) Are Consultants Simply Bluffing? Sociologie du conseil en management by Michel Villette. Editions La Decouverte, Paris, 2003. 7.95. ISBN 2707140368. Organization, 15(2), pp. 298-300. (doi:10.1177/13505084080150020702) [Book Review]

Boussebaa, M. (2008) When the Party's Over: The Dark Side of Consulting Les Nettoyeurs by Vincent Petitet. Paris, editions Jean-Claude Lattes, 2006. 16. 248pp. ISBN 2709627302. Organization, 15(3), pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1177/1350508408090167) [Book Review]

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2008) Managing talent across national borders: the challenges faced by an international retail group. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 4(1), pp. 25-41. (doi:10.1108/17422040810849749)

This list was generated on Thu Jun 21 10:12:45 2018 BST.
Number of items: 25.

Articles

Boussebaa, M. and Brown, A. D. (2017) Englishization, identity regulation and imperialism. Organization Studies, 38(1), pp. 7-29. (doi:10.1177/0170840616655494)

Boussebaa, M. (2015) Control in the multinational enterprise: The polycentric case of global professional service firms. Journal of World Business, 50(4), pp. 696-703. (doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2014.11.002)

Boussebaa, M. (2015) Professional service firms, globalisation and the new imperialism. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 28(8), pp. 1217-1233. (doi:10.1108/AAAJ-03-2015-1986)

Boussebaa, M., Sinha, S. and Gabriel, Y. (2014) Englishization in offshore call centers: a postcolonial perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(9), pp. 1152-1169. (doi:10.1057/jibs.2014.25)

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2014) Pushing the frontiers of critical international business studies. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 10(1/2), pp. 96-106. (doi:10.1108/cpoib-11-2013-0046)

Boussebaa, M., Sturdy, A. and Morgan, G. (2014) Learning from the world? Horizontal knowledge flows and geopolitics in international consulting firms. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25(9), pp. 1227-1242. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2013.826711)

Boussebaa, M., Morgan, G. and Sturdy, A. (2012) Constructing global firms? National, transnational and neocolonial effects in international management consultancies. Organization Studies, 33(4), pp. 465-486. (doi:10.1177/0170840612443454)

Taminiau, Y., Boussebaa, M. and Berghman, L. (2012) Convergence or divergence? A comparison of informal consultant–client relationship development practices in Britain, France and Germany. Service Industries Journal, 32(10), pp. 1707-1720. (doi:10.1080/02642069.2012.665902)

Boussebaa, M. (2012) The globalisation of professional service firms (and its limits). Bath Perspective, 18, pp. 31-35.

Greenwood, R., Morris, T., Fairclough, S. and Boussebaa, M. (2010) The organizational design of transnational professional service firms. Organizational Dynamics, 39(2), pp. 173-183. (doi:10.1016/j.orgdyn.2010.01.003)

Boussebaa, M. (2009) Struggling to organize across national borders: the case of global resource management in professional service firms. Human Relations, 62(6), pp. 829-850. (doi:10.1177/0018726709104544)

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2008) Managing talent across national borders: the challenges faced by an international retail group. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 4(1), pp. 25-41. (doi:10.1108/17422040810849749)

Book Sections

Boussebaa, M. (2017) Global professional service firms, transnational organizing and core/periphery networks. In: Seabrooke, L. and Henriksen, L. F. (eds.) Professional Networks in Transnational Governance. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, pp. 233-244. ISBN 9781107181878

Boussebaa, M. and Faulconbridge, J. (2016) The work of global professional service firms. In: Wilkinson, A., Hislop, D. and Coupland, C. (eds.) Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work: Challenges and Experiences. Series: New horizons in management. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, pp. 105-122. ISBN 9781783475575 (doi:10.4337/9781783475582.00014)

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2015) Internationalization of professional service firms. In: Empson, L., Muzio, D., Broschak, J. and Hinings, B. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Professional Service Firms. Series: Oxford handbooks. Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp. 71-91. ISBN 9780199682393 (doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199682393.013.5)

Boussebaa, M. (2012) La construction de la multinationale “apatride”: le cas des entreprises mondiales de services professionnels. In: Mendez, A., Tchobanian, R. and Vion, A. (eds.) Travail, Compétences et Mondialisation: Les Dynamiques Sociétales en Question. Series: Armand Colin - recherches. Armand Colin: Paris. ISBN 9782200272685

Boussebaa, M. (2011) The global organizational design of the "Big Four" [opening case]. In: Peng, M. and Meyer, K. (eds.) International Business. Cengage Learning: London : South-Western, pp. 456-457. ISBN 9781408019566

Boussebaa, M. and Morgan, G. (2010) Amplifier consulting: managing a ‘global’ project [case]. In: Daft, R. L., Murphy, J. and Willmot, H. (eds.) Organization theory and design. Cengage Learning EMEA: 9781844809905, pp. 256-259. ISBN 9781844809905

Spicer, A. and Boussebaa, M. (2009) Managing conflict: the curious case of neuro-linguistic programming. In: Hancock, P. and Tyler, M. (eds.) The Management of Everyday Life. Series: Palgrave critical management studies. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke ; New York, pp. 164-178. ISBN 9780230524798

Book Reviews

Boussebaa, M. (2018) Management Research: European Perspectives, Sabina Siebert (Ed.). Journal of International Management, (doi:10.1016/j.intman.2018.04.001) [Book Review] (Early Online Publication)

Boussebaa, M. (2008) Are Consultants Simply Bluffing? Sociologie du conseil en management by Michel Villette. Editions La Decouverte, Paris, 2003. 7.95. ISBN 2707140368. Organization, 15(2), pp. 298-300. (doi:10.1177/13505084080150020702) [Book Review]

Boussebaa, M. (2008) When the Party's Over: The Dark Side of Consulting Les Nettoyeurs by Vincent Petitet. Paris, editions Jean-Claude Lattes, 2006. 16. 248pp. ISBN 2709627302. Organization, 15(3), pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1177/1350508408090167) [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

Andersson, U. et al. (2017) Challenges facing contemporary multinational enterprises: Charting directions for future research on MNEs. Working Paper. Aalto University.

Boussebaa, M. (2012) Power, conflict and control in global professional service firms. Other. Saïd Business School, Oxford.

Greenwood, R., Fairclough, S., Morris, T. and Boussebaa, M. (2011) The transnational professional service firm: the rise of the multiplex PSF. Other. Saïd Business School, Oxford.

This list was generated on Thu Jun 21 10:12:45 2018 BST.