Dr Knut Lange

Dr Knut Lange

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Associate Professor in Strategy and International Business

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Knut is an Associate Professor in Strategy and International Business at Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham. His research covers comparative country studies, internationalisation support, family businesses, entrepreneurship education, innovation, and the blue economy.


  • Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Graduate Certificate, University of Surrey, UK, 2013
  • Doctoral Degree in Organisation and Management, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2006
  • Graduation in Social Sciences, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (equivalent to a master’s degree), 1999
  • Graduation in Sociology, University of Trier, Germany (equivalent to a bachelor’s degree), 1996 


Knut joined Birmingham Business School in August 2023. Before joining the School, he worked at Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Surrey and as a research fellow at Humboldt and Free University in Berlin. Also, he worked as a post-doc researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the University of Groningen at the Department of International Business and Management, where he also did his PhD. Furthermore, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Southampton Business School and Cluster Associate of the Social and Sustainable Enterprise Cluster at the Open University.


Disruptive Innovation and International Business (MSc IB Edgbaston) 

Disruptive Innovation and International Business (MSc IB Singapore) 

International Strategy (MSc IB Dubai)


Knut is currently involved in four research projects, most drawing on institutional theory.

(1) Chinese family businesses, with an emphasis on growth and paradoxes

(2) Entrepreneurship education and employability in the context of the UK Higher Education system

(3) The blue economy and UN sustainable development goals, with an emphasis on SDG 14 (Life Below Water)

(4) The role of foreign chambers of commerce in facilitating SME internationalisation 

Furthermore, Knut has published on business systems from a comparative perspective and their impact on areas such as firm internationalisation support, the extension of home-country institutions into the host context, innovation, family offices, human resource practices, and business models. Moreover, he also published on global innovation networks in the semiconductor industry.

Other activities

  • Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, Southampton Business School, University Road, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK
  • Cluster Associate of the Social and Sustainable Enterprise Cluster at the Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK.
  • External Examiner at King’s Business School/King’s College London (Undergraduate Degree Programmes)


Recent publications


Decker-Lange, C, Lange, K & Walmsley, A 2024, 'How does entrepreneurship education affect employability? Insights from UK higher education', International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-08-2023-0856

Becker-Ritterspach, FAA, Lange, KSG & Allen, MMC 2022, 'Dominant modes of economic coordination and varieties of firm internationalization support', International Business Review, vol. 31, no. 3, 101975. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ibusrev.2022.101975

Decker-Lange, C, Lange, K, Dhaliwal, S & Walmsley, A 2022, 'Exploring Entrepreneurship Education Effectiveness at British Universities – An Application of the World Café Method', Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 113-136. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515127420935391

Su, S, Costanzo, LA, Lange, K, Ghobadian, A, Hitt, MA & Ireland, RD 2022, 'How Does Guanxi Shape Entrepreneurial Behaviour? The Case of Family Businesses in China', British Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12684

Becker-Ritterspach, F, Saka-Helmhout, A, Lange, K & Geppert, M 2019, 'Exploring the interaction of firm-level change and national institutional environments in shaping employment and union relations: a comparative case study of four European airlines', International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 276-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2016.1276092

Becker-Ritterspach, F, Allen, ML, Lange, K & Allen, MMC 2019, 'Home-country measures to support outward foreign direct investment: Variation and consequences', Transnational Corporations, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 61-86. https://doi.org/10.18356/a98759e5-en

Allen, MMC, Allen, ML & Lange, K 2018, 'Institutions and the Diversity and Prevalence of Multinationals’ Knowledge-Augmenting Subsidiaries', British Journal of Management, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 483-496. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12242

Becker-Ritterspach, F, Lange, K & Becker-Ritterspach, J 2017, 'Divergent patterns in institutional entrepreneurship of MNCs in emerging economies', Critical Perspectives on International Business, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 186-203. https://doi.org/10.1108/cpoib-06-2016-0024

Decker, C & Lange, KSG 2016, 'The global field of multi-family offices: An institutionalist perspective', Journal of Financial Services Marketing, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 64-75. https://doi.org/10.1057/fsm.2015.24

Lange, K, Geppert, M, Saka-Helmhout, A & Becker-Ritterspach, F 2015, 'Changing Business Models and Employee Representation in the Airline Industry: A Comparison of British Airways and Deutsche Lufthansa', British Journal of Management, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 388-407. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12096

Wessel, S, Decker, C, Lange, KSG & Hack, A 2014, 'One size does not fit all: Entrepreneurial families' reliance on family offices', European Management Journal, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 37-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2013.08.003

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Lange, K 2024, Institutions and Female Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship: The case of a Family Business in China. in S Dhaliwal (ed.), Cases on Entrepreneurship and Diversity. Elgar Cases in Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.


Walmsley, A, Decker-Lange, C & Lange, K 2022, Conceptualising the Entrepreneurship Education and Employability Nexus. in GJ Larios-Hernandez, A Walmsley & I Lopez-Castro (eds), Theorising Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education: Reflections on the Development of the Entrepreneurial Mindset. 1 edn, Springer, pp. 97-114. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87865-8_6

Sydow, J, Windeler, A, Müller-Seitz, G & Lange, K 2018, Path constitution analysis: A methodology for understanding path dependence and path creation. in Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research. SIPRI/Oxford University Press, pp. 255-276. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198796978.003.0013

Lange, KSG & Becker-Ritterspach, FAA 2016, Micropolitics in emerging market multinational corporations (EMNCs) as a field of new research. in Micropolitics in the Multinational Corporation: Foundations, Applications and New Directions. Cambridge University Press, pp. 281-297. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781107283947.017

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