Professor Zaheer Khan

Professor Zaheer Khan

Professor in Strategy & International Business

Professor Zaheer Khan
Professor Zaheer Khan

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Zaheer Khan is a Professor in Strategy & International Business at University of Aberdeen 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, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).  

He is a visiting Professor of International Business at the School of Marketing and Communication, 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 (2015-2019) 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 some of the leading 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


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


Professor Khan has examined numerous PhDs in the UK and overseas insitutions such as the University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, King's College London, UK, Macquarie University, Australia, 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

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), February 2021.
  • 16th Vaasa conference on International Business (2021), University of Vaasa, Finland Best Paper award (with Pushyarag Puthusserry, University of Kent, UK, Krsitel Miller, University of Ulster, UK, Gary Knight, Willamette University, USA), awarded on the 18th of August, 2021 (Exploring the influence of dynamic managerial capabilities on emerging market SME BMI during COVID-19).  

Research Overview

Zaheer's research interests are in the area of global technology management, international alliances, post-acquisition behaviour 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)


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 stratregies 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. 

Research 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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  • Knowledge Sharing dynamics in International subcontracting arrangements: The case of Finnish High-tech SMEs

    Ahokangas, P., Haapanen, L., Golgeci, I., Arslan, A., Khan, Z., Kontkanen, M.

    Journal of International Management, 100888

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Investigating Employee and Organizational Performance in a Cross-Border Acquisition: A Case of Withdrawal Behavior

    Tian, A. Y., Ahammad, M. F., Tarba, S. Y., Pereira, V., Arslan, A., Khan, Z.

    Human Resource Management, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 753-769

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The role of big data analytics in manufacturing agility and performance: moderation- mediation analysis of organizational creativity and of the involvement of customers as data analysts

    Awan, U., Bhatti, S. H., Shamim, S., Khan, Z., Akhtar, P., Balta, M.

    British Journal of Management

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • COVID-19 Driven Challenges in international B2B Customer Relationship Management: Empirical Insights from Finnish High-Tech Industrial Microenterprises

    Arslan, A., Golgeci, I., Khan, Z., Ahokangas, P., Haapanen, L.

    International Journal of Organizational Analysis

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • International open innovation and international market success: an empirical study of emerging market small and medium-sized enterprises

    Zahoor, N., Khan, Z., Arslan, A., Khan, H., Tarba, S.

    International Marketing Review

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Covid-19 and digitalization: The great acceleration

    Amankwah-Amoah, J., Khan, Z., Wood, G., Knight, G.

    Journal of Business Research, vol. 136, pp. 602-611

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Sharing Economy Platform Firms and Their Resource Orchestration Approaches in Emerging Markets

    Zeng, J., Tavalaei, M. M., Khan, Z.

    Journal of Business Research, vol. 136, pp. 451-465

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Artificial intelligence, and human workers interaction at team level: A conceptual assessment of the challenges, and potential HRM strategies

    Arslan, A., Cooper, S. C. L., Khan, Z., Golgeci, I., Ali, I.

    International Journal of Manpower

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The Role of Industry 4.0 Technologies in Supply Chain Risk Mitigation: Empirical Evidence from the Food Processing Industry

    Ali, I., Arslan, A., Khan, Z., Tarba, S. Y.

    IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Big Data Analytics Capability and Decision-Making: The Role of Data Driven Insight on Circular Economy Performance

    Awan, U., Shamim, S., Khan, Z., Ul Zia, N., Shariq, S. M., Khan, M. N.

    Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 168, 120766

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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