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Acclaimed achievements on the international stage

Aug 31, 2017

Paul Beamish in office

The numbers speak for themselves.

3 million+ – Number of times his cases have been studied;

28,900 – Citations on Google Scholar, a web search engine for scholarly research and literature;

359 – Publications, including books, book chapters, journal articles, and cases;

39 – Countries receiving much-needed educational materials through his 39 Country Initiative; and,

33 – Ivey PhD graduates supervised.

Professor Paul Beamish, HBA ’76, PhD ’84, received his first faculty appointment in 1982. During his 35-year career in academia, he has certainly had an impact on the field of International Business, the lives of young scholars, and the growth of emerging markets.

That’s why he was honoured with the PWC Strategy& Eminent Scholar in International Management Award on August 7 at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in international management scholarship.

An accomplished career

At the awards ceremony, Beamish presented an overview of his work to date, which has included being a journal editor, a PhD supervisor, and a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Royal Society of Canada, and Academy of International Business.

At Ivey, Beamish is Director of the International Business Institute and holds the Canada Research Chair in International Management. He was also Executive Director of Ivey Publishing for 16 years where he increased the global reach of Ivey’s cases. In 2010, he founded the 39 Country Initiative, which offers free use of Ivey business cases to universities in the world’s 39 poorest countries. The Initiative also arranges container shipments of books and journals to those countries, and case teaching training.

While no stranger to awards – among others, in 2013 he won the Hellmuth Prize, Western University’s highest award for research achievements – Beamish said he was surprised to be contacted about this one.

“It is a major recognition and it’s not something you apply for so I’m deeply honoured to receive it,” he said. “It’s nice to be acknowledged by one’s peers for what you’ve been doing for the past 35 years.”

Advancing the field

Beamish clearly leads when it comes to research impact. He is on the top 10 lists of Google Scholar citations for both all faculty at Western University, and the field of International Business as a whole. He began this work with his thesis on developing countries (now sometimes called emerging markets) and in recent years has shifted some of his focus to Africa and some of the most complex places in the world to do business.

During his speech at the awards ceremony, Beamish credited his success to support from family, mentors, colleagues, and more; and insights from practitioners in the field.

“Talking to managers is a really good idea,” he said. “Managers sometimes ask us questions that we can not confidently answer and they provide explanations that we, or theory, may not have considered.”

More details on Paul Beamish’s career – By the numbers:

  • 135 – Case studies authored, including 20 top sellers or award winners;
  • 33 – PhD dissertations supervised since 1991 with students from 11 countries (Canada, U.S., Japan, India, China, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Germany, Iran, and Ethiopia); 
  • 15 – Books written or co-edited by Beamish which are available in Chinese (his Chinese name is Bao Ming Xin), plus 40 other books in English; and,
  • 8 – Publication themes (Joint Ventures and Alliances, Japanese Foreign Direct Investment, China-related, International Management, Strategic Management, Internationalization, Exporting, and Education-related).

 Additional awards and honours:

  • Outstanding Educator Award 2012, from the Academy of Management;
  • Best research paper awards from the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business (AIB), and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC); and,
  • 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 International Business (IB) scholar in the 1996-2008 period, and by Management International Review in 2014 as the fifth largest contributor to IB literature between 1995-2011.