Research

Motivated by my former industry experience as a Business Analyst and Regional Development Consultant, and a genuine interest in linking academic theory with business practice, my research agenda develops around strategic challenges faced by small and large enterprises when faced with environmental adversity (i.e. declining industries/economy) and uncertainty (i.e. in the context of emerging markets). To this end, my research priorities are grouped under three research streams along the intersections of Corporate Strategy (including Mergers & Acquisitions), International Business, and Entrepreneurship:

  1. Antecedents and Consequences of Adverse Environments on Firm Performance
  2. M&A Performance indicators in Domestic and International Markets
  3. The role of the entrepreneur in creating social and economic value

Antecedents and Consequences of Adverse Environments on Firm Performance

My research spans a range of topics in business research and management, with a focus on Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. My main focus is on Firm Performance, particularly during adverse environments (i.e. declining industries, recessionary periods, and emerging markets). In more specific, my work seeks to offer an understanding of how the context, both the micro and macro external environment, affects business performance, and how companies (small or large) can combat difficulties and rise above challenges. With this focus in mind, I have worked on projects covering a variety of topics, such as: identifying the most suitable strategies for superior performance under adverse conditions; the role of business group affiliations on superior performance; and the behaviour of foreign institutional investors under different conditions of Information Asymmetry, as well as others.

M&A Performance indicators in Domestic and International Markets

With the seventh global merger wave well under way, deciphering the black box of post-takeover performance, particularly for cross-border activities, comes at the forefront of the academic and managerial interest. Motivated by the above, in this research stream I combine theoretical aspects of strategic management, international business, corporate finance and/or organizational psychology to explore the role of certain under-explored factors on post-takeover performance. My work explores novel aspects, such as organizational slack, regional personality variations, and the origin of ownership - among others - to determine their influences on domestic and international takeovers outcomes.

The role of the entrepreneur in creating social and economic value

In this stream of research, my focus of attention is the individual entrepreneur, rather than the firm. Since my years in the industry, I have worked closely with entrepreneurs of all levels of experience, and I have always been fascinated by the challenges they face and by their behaviors. I have since developed a keen interest on how entrepreneurs - via their intentions, practices and personality characteristics - can create social and economic value for their ventures.