Professor Zaheer Khan

Professor Zaheer Khan
Professor Zaheer Khan
Professor Zaheer Khan


Professor in Strategy & International Business

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University of Aberdeen Business School
King's College
Aberdeen AB24 3FX

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Zaheer Khan is a Professor in Strategy & International Business and Founding Director of Africa-Asia Centre for Sustainability at Business School, the University of Aberdeen. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen in 2020, he taught at the University of Kent, the University of Sheffield, University of Hull, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway University of London. He was the Head of the Strategy & International Business Division and a member of Senior Management Team (2017-2020) at Kent Business School, the University of Kent, UK. He is a senior Fellow of the Advance HE, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).  

He is a visiting Professor of Internationalization and Sustainable Innovation at the University of Vaasa, Finland.  Zaheer was a visiting Professor of International Business (2017-2019) at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea, and a visiting Professor of International Business Strategy (2015-Current) at University of Northampton, UK.

He is an Associate Editor of Critical Perspectives on International Business, and sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, International Studies of Management & OrganizationMultinational Business Review, and Journal of Knowledge Management.

Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Consultant for Capgemini Ernst & Young, USA. He gained his PhD in International Business at the University of Birmingham, UK.

His work has appeared in well reputed international business/strategy, and interdisciplinary business management journals including: 

  • Journal of International Business Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • International Business Review
  • Management International Review
  • Global Strategy Journal
  • Long Range Planning
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • British Journal of Management
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Journal of Management Reviews

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Zaheer is the Founding Director of  Africa-Asia Centre for Sustainability Research, launched in 2021.

External Memberships

Professor Khan has examined numerous PhDs in the UK and overseas institutions such as the University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, King's College London, University of Bath, University of Essex, UK, Macquarie University, Australia, The University of Auckland, New Zealand, and COMSATS University, Pakistan.

He is also an external examiner at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, and the University of Leicester Business School, University of Leicester, UK.  


Zaheer has worked as a Consultant, Systems Analyst and Project Manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies. 

He is a member of the following Professional Associations: 

Prizes and Awards


Research Overview

Zaheer's research interests are in the area of global technology management, international alliances, post-acquisition behavior of emerging markets' firms, automotive industry, internationalisation of SMEs, and CSR practices of firms operating in emerging markets. He is currently editing special issues at the Management International Review, Journal of International Management, and Critical Perspectives on International Business. He had also co-edited special issues at the International Business Review, International Studies of Management & Organization and Applied Psychology-An International Review. 


Professor Khan would be interested in supervising potential PhD students in these areas: 

  • Knowledge transfer in international alliances
  • Capability building processes of local suppliers in the automotive industry
  • Emerging economies firms' CSR and sustainability practices
  • Internationalisation of SMEs and family firms 

Most recent Supervisees 

Bochra Idris: Essays on SMEs' Internationalisation: An Empirical Analysis Using Large-Scale Survey Data. 

Abdullah Alajmi, University of Sheffield (2021). Topic: Reverse Knowledge Transfer from Multinational Subsidiaries to their Headquarters in the GCC – the mediating effects of social equity, transfer mechanisms, trust and willingness (External Supervisor).

Sara Odat, University of Kent (2022). Business model innovation in the sharing economy: the case of digital platform SMEs.

Current Research

Zaheer current research focuses on internationalization of SMEs from emerging markets, international knowledge transfer in alliances, internationalization of firms from emerging markets, governance and sustainability of supply chains, and CSR strategies of firms operating in emerging markets. He has published widely on these and related interdisciplinary themes.


Zaheer has a large network of collaborators across the UK, Asia and North America. Current projects are in the area of knowledge transfer in international alliances, cross-sector partnerships, board gender diversity and cross-listing, internationalization of firms from emerging markets, and non-market political and social strategies of firms based in emerging markets. 

Funding and Grants

Professor Khan has received grants from the ISBE (RAKE-Fund), British Academy of Management, and he is a  member of an interdisciplinary Productivity Insight Network funded by the ESRC (worth £1.8million).  


Teaching Responsibilities

Zaheer has taught Business in Emerging Markets, Cross-Cultural Management, Business Strategy and Global Business Issues (undergraduate level), International Business Environment & Strategy and Strategic Management (postgraduate level) courses. His teaching is mainly case-based and research-oriented. He is also interested in investigating the issues and challenges faced by students in developing critical thinking skills in higher education, and the utility of threshold concepts in strategy courses. 


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