Professor, General Management & International Business

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Dean of the Fellows of the Academy of International Business
  • Director, International Business Institute
  • Canada Research Chair in International Management


Paul Beamish holds the Canada Research Chair in International Management at Ivey. He is the author or co-author of over 55 books and 125 refereed articles. His books are in the areas of International Management, Strategic Management, and Joint Ventures and Alliances. His articles have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), and elsewhere. He served as Editor-in- Chief of JIBS from 1993-97 and is on numerous editorial boards. He is a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Professor Beamish has supervised 32 PhD dissertations, many involving International Joint Ventures and Alliances. His consulting, management training, and joint venture facilitation activities have been in both the public and private sector. These have taken place in Australia, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Sweden and the United States for such organizations as Boeing, Canadian Foreign Service Institute, Cisco, Dupont, Harvard Institute for International Development, Hayes-Dana, Labatt/Interbrew, Nortel, Schneider, and Valmet. He worked for Procter and Gamble and Wilfrid Laurier University before joining Ivey's faculty in 1987. He is the founder of The 39 Country Initiative.

Beamish has authored over 135 case studies, primarily in the international management area. These have appeared in Asian Case Research Journal, Case Research Journal, and in over 120 books. His cases have been among Ivey's top external sellers in each of the past ten years. He is recipient of best case writing awards from the European Foundation for Management Development, AIB, and ASAC.

Professor Beamish (Bao Ming Xin in Chinese) has worked on Asia-specific issues for many years. He has written case studies and/or conducted research involving China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. He has served as a consultant to The World Bank on technology transfer to China, provided training programs in Asia for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and co-edited a series of casebooks published in Chinese by Tsinghua University Press. He is series editor for 16 volumes of cases for the China market available in both English and Chinese and 10 volumes in Taiwan. His Asia-related books include Japanese Subsidiaries in the New Global Economy (Edward Elgar), Cooperative Strategies: Asian-Pacific Perspectives (published by The New Lexington Press), and Japanese Multinationals in the Global Economy (Edward Elgar).

He was the founding Director at Ivey of both the Asian Management Institute (1997) and the Engaging Emerging Markets Research Centre (2005). These were both folded into the International Business Institute (2016).


  • International Management Theory and Research (PhD)
  • International Joint Ventures and Alliances (MSc)
  • Strategic Management/Business Policy (MBA and Undergraduate)
  • Multinational Enterprise Strategies/International Business (Executive MBA, HK EMBA, MBA and Undergraduate)


  • BA, Hons Bus - Western
  • PhD, Western

Recent Refereed Articles

  • Dai, L., Eden, L., Beamish, P.W., (forthcoming), "Caught in the Crossfire: Dimensions of Vulnerability and Foreign Multinationals’ Exit from War-Afflicted Countries", Strategic Management Journal.
  • Roberts, M., Beamish, P.W., (forthcoming), "The Scaffolding Activities of International Returnee Executives: A Learning Based Perspective of Global Boundary Spanning", Journal of Management Studies.
  • Getachew, Y., Beamish, P.W., 2017, "Foreign Subsidiary Exit from Africa: The Effects of Investment Purpose Diversity and Orientation", Global Strategy Journal, February 7(1): 58 - 82.
  • Chakravarty, D., Hsieh, Y., Schotter, A., Beamish, P.W., 2017, "Multinational Enterprise Regional Management Centres: Characteristics and Performance", Journal of World Business, February 52(2): 296 - 311.
  • Arregle, J.L., Miller, T.L., Hitt, M.A., Beamish, P.W., 2016, "How does regional institutional complexity affect MNE internationalization?", Journal of International Business Studies, August 47(6): 697 - 722.
  • Jiang, F., Holburn, G.L.F., Beamish, P.W., 2016, "The Spatial Structure of Foreign Subsidiaries and MNE Expansion Strategy", Journal of World Business, April 51(3): 438 - 450.
  • Lupton, N.C., Beamish, P.W., 2016, "The Mutual Construction of Knowledge Transfer and Shared Context in Capability Development within the Networked MNC", Knowledge Management Research & Practice, February 14(1): 150 - 157.
  • Beamish, P.W., Lupton, N.C., 2016, "Cooperative strategies in international business and management: Reflections on the past 50 years and future directions", Journal of World Business, January 51(1): 163 - 175.
  • Boeh, K., Beamish, P.W., 2015, "The cost of distance on subsidiary performance", Asian Business and Management, July 14(3): 171 - 193.
  • Sartor, M.A., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "Offshoring Innovation to Emerging Markets: Organizational Control and Informal Institutional Distance", Journal of International Business Studies, December 45(9): 1072 - 1095.
  • Jiang, G.L.F., Holburn, G.L.F., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "The Impact of Vicarious Experience on Foreign Location Strategy", Journal of International Management, September 20(3): 345 - 358.
  • Lupton, N.C., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "Organizational Structure and Knowledge-Practice Diffusion in the MNC", Journal of Knowledge Management 18(4): 710 - 727.
  • Peng, G., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "The Effect of Host Country Long Term Orientation on Subsidiary Ownership and Survival", Asia Pacific Journal of Management, June 31(2): 423 - 453.
  • Peng, G., Beamish, P.W., 2014, "MNC Subsidiary Size and Expatriate Control: Resource-Dependence and Learning Perspectives", Journal of World Business, January 49(1): 51 - 62.
  • Jiang, R., Beamish, P.W., Makino, S., 2014, "Time Compression Diseconomies in Foreign Expansion", Journal of World Business, January 49(1): 114 - 121.

Honours & Awards

  • Professor Beamish received the International Management Outstanding Educator Award 2012, from the Academy of Management.
  • He has received best research awards from the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business (AIB), and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC).
  • In 1997 and 2003 he was recognized in the Journal of International Management as one of the top three contributors worldwide to the international strategic management literature in the previous decade, by International Business Review in 2010 as the second most productive I.B. scholar in the 1996-2008 period, and by Management International Review in 2014 as the fifth largest contributor to the IB literature between 1995-2011.


  • Full Professor, since 1996; Tenured, 1990; Associate Professor, effective July 1989; Assistant Professor, July 1987-June 1989.
  • Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Dec. 1984-June 1987; Lecturer, July 1982-Dec. 1984.
  • Proprietor - Nomad Trading Company, 1977-90.
  • Manager, Comptroller’s Division - The Procter and Gamble Company of Canada Ltd., 1976-1979.