Professor Amon Chizema

Professor Amon Chizema

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Professor of Strategy and Corporate Governance

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Amon Chizema is a Professor of Strategy and Corporate Governance. Previously he held a Professorship at Loughborough University, where he was also Head of the International Business, Strategy and Innovation Group. Amon’s research explores corporate governance issues including executive compensation, adoption and diffusion of governance practices across countries and dynamics of the board of directors.

His research has been published in leading journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of World Business, and Corporate Governance: An International Review. Amon serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies and Corporate Governance: An International Review. He is also an Associate Editor of the newly established Africa Journal of Management.


  • PhD, Loughborough University (2007)
  • MBA, De Montfort University (2001)
  • ACIS (2000)


  • Corporate governance mechanisms and their impact on firm strategic choices
  • Adoption of governance mechanisms in different contexts
  • Diffusion of governance practices across jurisdictions
  • Executive compensation
  • Composition and structure of boards 


Selected publications:


Newenham-Kahindi, A., Kamoche, K., Chizema, A. and Mellahi, K. (2012) Effective Management of People in Africa, Basingstoke, UK.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters:

Buck, T. and Chizema, A. (2008). The adoption of an Americanised executive pay practice in Germany. In R. Strange and G. Jackson (eds.) Corporate Governance and International Business: Strategy, Performance and Institutional Change, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 242-265.

Chizema, A. (2011). Imported management practices: The disclosure of individual executive compensation and firm performance. In J. Berrill., E. Harris and R. Sinkovics (eds.) Regionalism and Globalisation, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 412-430.

Journal articles: 

Min, B.S and Chizema, A (forthcoming) Board Meeting Attendance by Outside Directors, Journal of Business Ethics,

Chizema, A.,Kamuriwo, D.S., and Shinozawa, Y. [In Press]. Women on corporate boards around the world: Triggers and barriers, The Leadership Quarterly, DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2015.07.005

Chizema, A., Liu, X., Lu, J. and Gao, L. (2014), Politically connected directors and top executive compensation in Chinese firms, Strategic Management Journal, 36: 890-906

Liu, X., Lu, J. and Chizema, A. (2014), Top executive compensation, regional institutions and outward foreign direct investment, Journal of World Business , 49(1): 143-155.

Chizema, A. and Shinozawa, Y. (2012), The ‘company with committees’: Change or continuity in Japanese corporate governance, Journal of Management Studies, 49: 77-103.

Ibeh, K., Chizema, A. and Wilson, J. (2012), Internationalization of African firms: 1990-2011, Thunderbird International Business Review,54(4): 411-427.

Kamoche, K., Chizema, A., Mellahi, K. and Newenham-Kahindi, A. (2012), Managing HRM in Africa: Toward a research agenda, International Journal of Human Resources Management, 23(14): 2825-2834.

Le, T. and Chizema, A, 2012) “State ownership and firm performance: Evidence from the Chinese listed firms, Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies, 2:72-90.

Chizema, A. (2011), The empowerment of shareholders: A conceptual perspective, Journal of General Management, 36(4): 23-36.

Chizema, A. (2011), The influence of ownership structure on the implementation of national codes of corporate governance: Development of research propositions, International Journal of Management, 28: 238-254 (editor’s  invitation).

Chizema, A. and Kim, J. (2010), Outside directors on Korean boards: Governance and institutions, Journal ofManagement Studies, 47(1): 109-129.

Chizema, A. (2010), Early and late adoption of American-style executive compensation in Germany: Governance and institutions, Journal of World Business, 45(1): 8-17.

Chizema, A. (2008), Institutions and voluntary compliance: The disclosure of individual executive pay in Germany, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 16(4): 359-374.

Chizema, A. and Buck, T. (2006), Neo-institutional theory and institutional change: Towards empirical tests on the ‘Americanization’ of German executive pay, International Business Review, 15(5): 488-504.