I am an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs in the International Business Department in the School of Business and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where I remain a Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management. I earned my B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, an M.Sc. in International and European Politics from Edinburgh University in Scotland and a Ph.D. with a joint degree in Strategy & Organization and International Business from the Anderson School at UCLA. Prior to my graduate work, I worked in several government positions on Capitol Hill, my last position was as a Ways and Means Committee Associate in the US House of Representatives.
My research sits at the intersection of strategic management and international business, exploring the global strategies and organizational structures of multinational corporations (MNCs). Through my research, I seek to understand how the strategic and organizational choices multinational corporations make across product and geographic markets impact their success in each of these markets. To date, my research has been published in several of the top journals in strategic management and international business, including the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, the and the Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
My research has been recognized with several awards. My dissertation was awarded the best dissertation award at both the Academy of International Business (in 2001) and the Academy of Management International Management Division (in 2002). I was selected to be a finalist for the Haynes Prize for Most Promising Scholar under the age of 40 at the Academy of International Business annual meeting in 2006, and one of my current working papers has been nominated for the Dom Cabral Best Paper in Strategy/IB Theory in the International Management Division for the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. I was awarded an ASA/NSF/BEA funded fellowship for my research on knowledge creation and transfer within multinational corporations using the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data and I spent the 2010-2011 academic year in Washington DC merging the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) data on the worldwide patents of all US MNCs. As a continuation of this research project, I have been awarded funding from the Mack Institute at the Wharton School to merge in the Thomson Innovation Derwent Patent data to explore the global innovation and patenting strategies of MNCs.
I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, the Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science, where I have been recognized for my reviewing service to the academic community. In 2011, I was awarded a best reviewer award from two top journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies and Organization Science, in addition to receiving a best reviewer award from the International Management Division at the Academy of Management. I have also been an active participant in the organizing committees of several conferences. I was elected to serve on the BPS Executive Committee (EC) in the Academy of Management (and served from 2008-2010) as well as being elected to serve on the the INFORMS College on Organization Science Executive Committee (serving from 2007-2010). As part of the INFORMS EC, I ran the Best Dissertation Proposal Competition in 2007.