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Klaus Meyer

Professor, International Business

William G. Davis Chair in International Trade

Klaus Meyer

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  • International Business
  • Global strategy
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Internationalization processes
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Foreign entry strategies
  • Impact of foreign investment on host economies
  • Institutional theory
  • Emerging economies
  • Multinational enterprises from emerging economies
  • China
  • Europe

Research Publications

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Klaus E. Meyer is Professor of International Business at Ivey Business School. He joined in 2017 after six years at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Professor Meyer is a leading scholar in the field of international business conducting research on the strategies of multinational enterprises (MNEs), especially foreign entry strategies, in emerging economies, especially Eastern Europe and East Asia. A central theme of his research is the influence of local contexts on the strategies and operations of MNEs operating in emerging economies. Recent work is investigating the strategies of MNEs originating from emerging economies, in particular China, and how their origins shape their international growth strategies.

He has published over 80 articles in leading scholarly journals, in particular in Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Management Studies, and he published nine books, including the textbook “International Business” (with Mike Peng, published by Cengage Learning, 3rd ed., 2019). He is serving as Area Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies since July 2016. In 2012-2014, he was Vice President of the AIB and chaired the 2014 AIB conference in Vancouver, Canada.


  • Internationalization (MSc)
  • Competing in and with China (MSc)
  • Global Strategy (EMBA)
  • China Discovery Expedition (EMBA)


  • PhD, London Business School
  • MSc, Göttingen

Recent Refereed Articles

  • He, X.; Lin, C.; Meyer, K. E., (Forthcoming), "How state and market logics influence firm strategy from within and outside? Evidence from Chinese financial intermediary firms", Asia Pacific Journal of Management.
  • Tan, D.; Meyer, K. E., 2021, "Context-bridging and Context-embedded Experience: Growth Drivers of Emerging Economy Business Groups", Asia Pacific Journal of Management, June 38: 401 - 434.
  • Schotter, A.; Wood, G.; Meyer, K. E., 2021, "Organizational and comparative institutionalism in international HRM: Toward an integrative research agenda", Human Resource Management, February 60(1).
  • Côté, C.; Estrin, S.; Meyer, K. E.; Shapiro, D., 2020, "COVID-19 and the Dynamics of Distance in International Business", AIB Insights, December 20(3).
  • Meyer, K. E.; Rungsithong, R., 2020, "Trust and knowledge sharing in an emerging economy: International buyer-supplier relationships in Thailand", Industrial Marketing Management, July 88: 112 - 124.
  • Yang, W.; Meyer, K. E., 2020, "How do local and foreign firms compete? Competitive actions in an emerging economy", International Business Review, June 29(3).
  • Sarabi, A.; Froese, F.; Chng, D.; Meyer, K. E., 2020, "Entrepreneurial leadership and MNE subsidiary performance: The moderating role of subsidiary context", International Business Review, June 29(3).
  • Meyer, K. E.; Li, C.; Schotter, A., 2020, "Managing the MNE subsidiary: Advancing a multi-level and dynamic research agenda", JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STUDIES, June 51(4): 538 - 576.
  • Liu, Y.; Meyer, K. E., 2020, "Boundary spanners, HRM practices, and reverse knowledge transfer: The case of Chinese cross-border acquisitions", Journal of World Business, February 55(2).
  • Yang, W.; Meyer, K. E., 2019, "How does ownership influence business growth? A competitive dynamics perspective", International Business Review, October 28(5).
  • Yang, W.; Meyer, K. E., 2019, "Alliance proactiveness and firm performance in an emerging economy", Industrial Marketing Management, October 82: 226 - 237.
  • Rosenbusch, N.; Gusenbauer, M.; Hatak, I.; Fink, M.; Meyer, K. E., 2019, "Innovation offshoring, institutional context and innovation performance: A meta analysis", Journal of Management Studies, January 56(1): 203 - 233.
  • Cui, L.; Hu, H.; Li, S.; Meyer, K. E., 2018, "Corporate Political Connections in Global Strategy", Global Strategy Journal, August 8(3): 379 - 398.
  • Li, J.; Meyer, K. E.; Zhang, H.; Ding, Y., 2018, "Diplomatic and corporate networks: Bridges to foreign locations", Journal of International Business Studies, August 49(6): 659 - 683.
  • Estrin, S.; Meyer, K. E.; Pelletier, A., 2018, "Emerging economy MNEs: How does home country munificence matter?", Journal of World Business, June 53(4): 514 - 528.

For more publications please see our Research Database

Work in Progress

  • Multinational enterprises from emerging economies

Honours & Awards

  • Fellow, Academy of International Business
  • Decade Award Winner, Journal of International Business Studies, 2015


  • Professor, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China (2011-2017)
  • Professor, University of Bath (2007-2001)
  • Professor, University of Reading (2005-2007)
  • Professor, Copenhagen Business School (1997-2005)
  • Visiting Scholar, National Cheng-chi University, Taiwan (2005)
  • Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2001)