Oded Shenkar

Oded Shenkar

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Chair in International Business

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Shenkar has conducted research in international business for twenty five years, starting with his doctoral dissertation on the Chinese bureaucracy which involved work with the department of Sociology and the East-Asian Institute in addition to the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He has published numerous books (the most recent being "Copycats: how smart companies use imitation to gain a strategic edge", Harvard Business Press 2010, which has eleven foreign editions; and "Navigating global business: a cultural compass" (with S. Ronen), Cambridge University Press 2017). He has also published well over 100 articles in major refereed journals and his work has been widely cited in major media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The Economist, among many others. He appeared before the US-China Congressional Commission and is Vice President and Fellow of the Academy of International Business.


Ph.D., Columbia University


Recent publications


Dickson, HC & Shenkar, O 2011, The Great Deleveraging: Economic Growth and Investment Strategies for the Future (Chinese edition). Financial Times Press.


Shenkar, O, Tallman, S, Wang, H & Wu, J 2022, 'National culture and international business: a path forward', Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 516-533. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-020-00365-3

Arikan, I & Shenkar, O 2022, 'Neglected elements: what we should cover more of in international business research', Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 1484–1507. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-021-00472-9

Arikan, I, Arikan, A & Shenkar, O 2022, 'Revisiting emerging market multinational enterprise views: the Goldilocks story restated', Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 781–802. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-021-00459-6

Arikan, I, Arikan, AM & Shenkar, O 2020, 'Nation‐dyadic history and cross‐border corporate deals: role of conflict, trade, generational distance, and professional education', Strategic Management Journal, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 422-466. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.3046

Li, C, Brodbeck, F, Shenkar, O, Ponzi, L & Fisch, JH 2017, 'Embracing the foreign: cultural attractiveness and international strategy', Strategic Management Journal, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 950-971. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2528

Lim , J, Makhija, AK & Shenkar, O 2016, 'The asymmetric relationship between national cultural distance and target premiums in cross-border M&A', Journal of Corporate Finance, vol. 41, pp. 542-571. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2016.07.007

Khan, Z, Shenkar, O & Lew, YK 2015, 'Knowledge transfer from international joint ventures to local suppliers in a developing economy', Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 46, no. 6, pp. 656-675. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2015.7

Santacreu-vasut, E, Shenkar, O & Shoham, A 2014, 'Linguistic gender marking and its international business ramifications', Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 1170-1178. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2014.5

Shenkar, O 2011, 'Beyond "Cultural Distance:" Switching to a friction Lens in the Study of Cultural Differences', Journal of International Business Studies.

Shenkar, M & Shenkar, O 2011, 'Labor Conflict on the National Stage: Metaphoric Lenses in Israel’s Teachers’ Strike', Comparative Education Review, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 210-230. https://doi.org/10.1086/657973

Ma, R, Huang, YC & Shenkar, O 2011, 'Social networks and opportunity recognition: A cultural comparison between Taiwan and the United States', Strategic Management Journal, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 1183-1205. https://doi.org/10.1002/smj.933

Luo, Y & Shenkar, O 2011, 'Toward a perspective of cultural friction in international business', Journal of International Management, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intman.2010.09.001

Shenkar, O 2010, 'Becoming Multinational: Challenges for Chinese Firms', Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 149-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/17544400910994733

Review article

Child, J, Karmowska, J & Shenkar, O 2022, 'The role of context in SME internationalization - a review', Journal of World Business, vol. 57, no. 1, 101267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2021.101267

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