Professor Shlomo Y. Tarba

Professor Shlomo Y. Tarba

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Chair in Strategy and International Business

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Prof. Shlomo Y. Tarba is a Chair (Full Professor) in Strategy & International Business, and joined Birmingham Business School as a Reader (Associate Professor) in August 2015. Between August 2015 and September 2018 he served as a Head of Department of Strategy & International Business and a member of Senior Management Team of Birmingham Business School. Previously he worked as a Lecturer in Business Strategy & International Business in the Management School of the University of Sheffield (2013-15), and has vast teaching experience in The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University, and others.


  • PhD in Business Strategy, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • MBA, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
  • MSc in Biotechnology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • BSc in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Prof. Tarba is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, organizational ambidexterity, agility, and cross-cultural management.

Prof. Tarba is a Deputy Editor-In-Chief of British Journal of Management (ABS 4, Impact Factor 2.75) and an incoming Co-Editor-In-Chief of BJM. In recognition for his significant contribution to the social sciences he was awarded in March 2020 the Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). 

One of his papers has been selected and published in Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management (USA) in 2006.

He also served as a reviewer to various international refereed journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Academy of Management Perspectives, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Human Resource Management Journal, International Business Review, Management International Review, International Marketing Review, Group and Organization Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, European Management Review, International Studies of Management & Organization, Thunderbird International Business Review, European Journal of International Management, European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence & Management, Management Decision, Cross-Cultural Management: An International Journal, Journal of Organizational Change Management, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, and others.

He delivered research seminars (invited talks) at Henley Business School of University of Reading, University of Glasgow, University of Southampton, Aston University, University of Exeter, Loughborough University, Newcastle University, Aarhus University, Denmark, Brunel University, University of Kent, University of Essex, Royal Holloway – University of London, The Open University at Milton Keynes, Middlesex University in London, University of Chester, Journal of Management Studies Professional Development Workshop for PhD Students at University of Warwick, University of Vaasa, Finland, University of Turin, Italy, and others. In addition, he has served as a track chair, session chair, reviewer, and presenter in major international conferences organized by Academy of Management (AOM, US), British Academy of Management (BAM), Academy of International Business (AIB), Strategic Management Society (SMS), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), European International Business Academy (EIBA), and European Academy of Management (EURAM).

Prof. Tarba has served as a moderator at the executive forums such as iNNOVEX annual conference in the Israeli high-tech industry in 2016 and 2017, and an invited speaker at the workshop on "Cross-border M&A in the European energy sector" organized in Amsterdam in 2012 by Marcus Evans company. His consulting experience includes biotechnological and telecom companies, as well as industry association such as The Israeli Rubber and Plastic Industry Association, and The US – Israel Chamber of Commerce.


Prof. Shlomo Y. Tarba teaches mandatory Strategic Management core module and elective International Collaborative Strategies module to postgraduate and undergraduate students across different programs delivered by the School.

Postgraduate supervision

Prof. Tarba has supervised a wide range of student dissertations from undergraduate to doctoral-level.


Prof. Tarba's fields of expertise are Business Strategy, Global Strategy, Human Resource Management, and Organisational Behaviour.

His principal research interests lie in Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategic Agility, Ambidexterity, Resilience, and Sustainability.

Other activities

Prof. Tarba is a Deputy Editor-In-Chief of British Journal of Management (ABS 4, Impact Factor 2.75) and an incoming Co-Editor-In-Chief of BJM. Prof. Tarba is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Long Range Planning, and Thunderbird International Business Review.

He serves/has served as a guest-editor for the special issues at Journal of Organizational Behavior (US, Wiley), Human Resource Management (US, Wiley), British Journal of Management , Journal of World Business, California Management Review, Management International Review, International Business Review, Applied Psychology: An International Review, R&D Management, Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and others.


Refereed Authored Books

Weber, Y., Tarba, S. Y., and Oberg, C. 2014. A Comprehensive Guide To Mergers & Acquisitions: Managing the Critical Success Factors Across Every Stage of the M&A Process. New York, USA: Pearson & Financial Times Press.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Tarba, S. Y., Cooke, F. L., Weber, Y., Ahlstrom, D., Cooper, C. L., & Collings, D. G. (2020). Mergers and acquisitions in the global context: The role of human resource management. Journal of World Business, 55 (2).

Khan, Z., Wood, G., Tarba, S. Y., Rao‐Nicholson, R., & He, S. 2019. Human resource management in Chinese multinationals in the United Kingdom: The interplay of institutions, culture, and strategic choice. Human Resource Management (US, Wiley), 58 (5), 473-487. 

King, D. R., Bauer, F., Weng, Q., Schriber, S., & Tarba, S. 2019. What, when, and who: Manager involvement in predicting employee resistance to acquisition integration. Human Resource Management (US, Wiley), Forthcoming. 

Bauer, F., Rothermel, M., Tarba, S. Y., Arslan, A., & Uzelac, B. 2019. Marketing Integration Decisions, Intermediate Goals and Market Expansion in Horizontal Acquisitions: How Marketing Fit Moderates the Relationships on Intermediate Goals. British Journal of Management. Forthcoming.

Scuotto, V., Del Giudice, M., Tarba, S., Messeni Petruzzelli, A., & Chang, V. 2019. International social SMEs in emerging countries: Do governments support their international growth? Journal of World Business. Forthcoming.  

Soundararajan, V., Khan, Z., & Tarba, S. Y. 2018. Beyond Brokering: Sourcing Agents, Boundary Work, and Social Upgrading In Global Production Networks. Human Relations, 71 (4), 481-509.

Carmeli, A., Brammer, S., Gomes, E., & Tarba, S. Y. 2017. Organizational Ethic of Care and Employee Involvement in Sustainability-related Behaviors: A Social Identity Perspective. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38 (9), 1380-1395.

Sarala, R.M., Junni, P., Cooper, C. L., & Tarba, S. 2016. A Socio-Cultural Perspective on Knowledge Transfer in Mergers and Acquisitions. Journal of Management (SAGE), 42, 1230-1249.

Ahammad, M. F., Leone, V., Tarba, S. Y., and Glaister, K. W., & Arslan, A. 2017. Uncertainty and Equity Ownership in Cross-Border Acquisitions: Evidence from Cross-Border Acquisitions by UK Firms. British Journal of Management, 28 (2), 180-196.

Khan, Z., Rao-Nickolson, R., & Tarba, S. Y. 2016. Global Networks as a Mode of Balance for Exploratory Innovations in a Late Liberalizing Economy. Journal of World Business, 53 (6), 392-402.

Junni, P., Sarala, R., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., & Cooper, C. 2015. The Role of Human Resources and Organizational Factors in Ambidexterity. Human Resource Management, 54 (S1), 1-28 ( US, Wiley).

Junni, P., Sarala, R., Tarba, S.Y., & Weber, Y. 2015. Strategic Agility In Mergers and Acquisitions. British Journal of Management, 26, 596-616.

Xing, Y., Liu, Y., Boojihawon, D. K., & Tarba, S. (2020). Entrepreneurial team and strategic agility: A conceptual framework and research agenda. Human Resource Management Review, 30(1).

Pereira, V., Budhwar, P., Temouri, Y., Malik, A., & Tarba, S. (2020). Investigating Investments in agility strategies in overcoming the global financial crisis-The case of Indian IT/BPO offshoring firms. Journal of International Management, (Forthcoming).

Tarba, S.Y., Ahammad, M. F., Stokes, P., Junni, P., & Morag, O.  2019.   The Impact of Organizational Culture Differences, Synergy Potential, and Autonomy Granted to the Acquired High-tech Firms on the M&A Performance. Group & Organization Management, 44(3), 483-520.

Park, K. M., Meglio, O., Bauer, F., & Tarba, S. 2018. Managing patterns of internationalization, integration, and identity transformation: The post-acquisition metamorphosis of an Arabian Gulf EMNC. Journal of Business Research, 93, 122-138.

Bauer, F., Dao, M.-A., Strobl, A., and Tarba, S.Y. 2017.Triggering Innovation through Mergers and Acquisitions – The Role of Shared Mental Models. Group & Organization Management, 42 (2), 195-236.

Bauer, F., Dao, M. A., Tarba, S.Y., and Matzler, K. 2016. How industry context sets the boundary conditions in M&A integration. Long Range Planning, 50 (4), 501-517.

Liu, Y., Xing, Y., Tarba, S. Y., and Cooper, C. 2016. Servitization Through Mergers and Acquisitions: The Case of Emerging Market Manufacturing Firms Venturing into Advanced Economies. International Journal of Production and Economics, 192, 9-18.

Ahammad, M., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., and Glaister, K. 2016. Knowledge Transfer and Cross-border Acquisition Performance:  The Impact of Cultural Distance and Employee Retention. International Business Review, 25 (1),66-75.

Arslan, A., Tarba, S.Y., and Larimo, J. 2015. FDI Entry Strategies and The Impacts of Economic Freedom Distance: Evidence From Nordic FDIs in Transitional Periphery of CIS and SEE. International Business Review, 24, 997-1008.

Ahammad, M., Tarba, S.Y., Liu, Y., Glaister, K., and Cooper, C.L. 2015. Exploring The Factors Influencing The Negotiation Process In Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions. International Business Review, 25 (2),445-447.

Zhang, Z., Ahammad, M. F., Tarba, S.Y., Cooper, C. 2015.The Impact of Leadership Style on Talent Retention During M&A Integration: Evidence from MNEs in China. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (7),1021-1050. 

Almor, T., Tarba, S.Y., and Margalit, A. 2014. Maturing, Technology-Based, Born Global Companies: Surviving Through Mergers and Acquisitions. Management International Review, 54 (4), 421-444.

Weber, Y. and Tarba, S.Y. 2014. Strategic Agility: A State of Art. California Management Review, 56 (3), 5-12. 

Junni, P., Sarala, R., Taras, V., and Tarba, S.Y. 2013. Organizational Ambidexterity and Performance: A Meta-Analysis. Academy of Management Perspectives, 27 (4), 299-312.  

Gomes, E., Angwin, D., Weber, Y., and Tarba, S.Y. 2013. Critical Success Factors Through The Mergers and Acquisitions Process: Revealing Pre- and Post- M&A Connections for Improved Performance. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55 (1), 13-35.

Weber, Y., Tarba, S.Y., and Reichel, A. 2011. International Mergers and Acquisitions Performance: Acquirer Nationality and Integration Approaches. International Studies of Management & Organization, 41 (3), 9-24.

Weber, Y. and Tarba, S.Y. 2010. Human Resource Practices and Performance of Mergers and Acquisitions in Israel, Human Resource Management Review, 20, 203-211.

Almor, T., Tarba, S.Y., and Benjamini, H. 2009. Unmasking Integration Challenges: The Case of Biogal's Acquisition by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. International Studies of Management & Organization, 39 (3), 33-53.