Professor Zaheer Khan
PhD, SFHEA, FAcSS
Professor in Strategy & International Business
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 an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).
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 & Organization, Multinational 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
- Internal Memberships
Zaheer is the Founding Director of the 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, 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
- Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), February 2021.
- Top cited article for 2020-2021 for the British Journal of Management, awarded on 31st of March, 2022 (COVID-19 Pandemic in the New Era of Big Data Analytics: Methodological Innovations and Future Research Directions).
- Top cited article for 2020-2021 for the International Journal of Management Reviews, awarded on 1st of April, 2022 (Collaboration and Internationalization of SMEs: Insights and Recommendations from a Systematic Review).
- 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).
- Top cited article for the Human Resource Management (US-Wiley- FT50) for 2019-2020, awarded on the 15th of April, 2021 (Human resource Management in Chinese multinationals in the United Kingdom: The interplay of institutions, culture, and strategic choice).
- 10th Most Cited Article for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Impact Factor for 2019, awarded on the 10th of August, 2020 (The microlevel actions undertaken by owner managers in improving the sustainability practices of cultural and creative small and medium enterprises: A United Kingdom Italy comparison).
- University of Birmingham Research Methods Best Paper Award (with Pushyarag Puthusserry, University of Kent, UK) received at the 46th Academy of International Business UK & Ireland Chapter 2019 Conference, University of Sussex, UK (How Do Rapidly Internationalizing SMEs Learn? Exploring the Link Between Network Relationships, Learning Approaches and Post-entry Growth of Rapidly Internationalizing SMEs from Emerging Markets).
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.
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.
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).
- Knowledge transfer in international alliances
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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The effects of inward FDI communities on the research and development intensity of emerging market locally domiciled firms: Partial foreign ownership as a contingencyJournal of Business Research, vol. 156, 113487Contributions to Journals: Articles
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International Entrepreneurial Behavior of Internationalizing African SMEs - Towards a New Research AgendaJournal of Business Research, vol. 154, 113367Contributions to Journals: Articles
International Vertical Alliances within the International Business Field: A Systematic Literature Review and Future Research AgendaJournal of World Business, vol. 58, no. 1, 101385Contributions to Journals: Review articles
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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 analystsBritish Journal of Management, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 1200-1220Contributions to Journals: Articles
Governing corporate social responsibility decoupling: The effect of the governance committee on corporate social responsibility decouplingJournal of Business EthicsContributions to Journals: Articles
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Artificial intelligence, and human workers interaction at team level: A conceptual assessment of the challenges, and potential HRM strategiesInternational Journal of Manpower, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 75-88Contributions to Journals: Articles
Survival strategies adopted by microbusinesses during COVID-19: An exploration of ethnic minority restaurants in Northern FinlandInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & ResearchContributions to Journals: Articles
Managing socio-political risk at the subnational level: lessons from MNE subsidiaries in IndonesiaJournal of World Business, vol. 57, no. 3, 101312Contributions to Journals: Articles
A typology of emerging market SMEs Covid-19 response strategies: The Role of TMT and Organisational DesignBritish Journal of Management, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 603-633Contributions to Journals: Articles
Reimagining global food value chains through effective resilience to COVID-19 shocks and similar future events: A dynamic capability perspectiveJournal of Business Research, vol. 141, pp. 1-12Contributions to Journals: Articles
Knowledge Sharing dynamics in International subcontracting arrangements: The case of Finnish High-tech SMEsJournal of International Management, vol. 28, no. 1, 100888Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Interaction of Social Influence and Message Framing on Children’s Food ChoiceEuropean Journal of MarketingContributions to Journals: Articles
Research Handbook on Knowledge Transfer and International BusinessEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK. 256 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Effects of Emerging Technologies on International BusinessThe New Frontiers of International Business. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, pp. 217–235, 19 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
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Connecting the dots: Do financial analysis help corporate boards improve corporate social responsibility?British Journal of ManagementContributions to Journals: Articles
How Do Mutual Dependence and Power Imbalance Condition the Effects of Technological Similarity on Post-Acquisition Innovation Performance Over Time?British Journal of ManagementContributions to Journals: Articles
Business Incubators as International Knowledge Intermediaries: Exploring their role in the internationalization of start-ups from an emerging marketJournal of International Management Studies, vol. 27, no. 4, 100861Contributions to Journals: Articles
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Environmental sustainability practices and offshoring activities of multinational corporations across emerging and developed marketsInternational Business Review, vol. 30, no. 5, 101789Contributions to Journals: Articles
Investigating Employee and Organizational Performance in a Cross-Border Acquisition: A Case of Withdrawal BehaviorHuman Resource Management, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 753-769Contributions to Journals: Articles
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COVID-19 Driven Challenges in international B2B Customer Relationship Management: Empirical Insights from Finnish High-Tech Industrial MicroenterprisesInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 49-66Contributions to Journals: Articles
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Small firms' non-market strategies in response to dysfunctional institutional settings of emerging marketsInternational Business Review, 101891Contributions to Journals: Articles
COVID-19 and business renewal: Lessons and insights from the global airline industryInternational Business Review, vol. 30, no. 3, 101802Contributions to Journals: Articles
Top Management Team’s Formal Network and International Expansion of Chinese Firms: The Moderating Role of State Ownership and Political tiesInternational Business Review, vol. 30, no. 3, 101803Contributions to Journals: Articles
The COVID-19 pandemic: Towards a societally engaged IB perspectiveCritical Perspectives on International Business, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 149-164Contributions to Journals: Articles
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