Dr Marianna Marra

Post:Senior Lecturer in International Business (Strategy and Marketing)

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Marianna joined the University of Sussex in January 2020. 

She holds a PhD from Aston Business School (Birmingham, UK). She was visiting at Rutgers University (Newark, US).

Marianna is active in the research fields of international business, technology innovation management, and social network analysis. Her current research mainly relates to multinationals knowledge networks and innovation. She studies this, through the lens of network theory and by using patent data and firm level micro data. Marianna also conducts research on comparative institutional analysis and studies how different forms of capitalism affect multinational corporations operating in different institutional contexts. Her work has been published in leading journals including the Journal of Corporate Finance, International Journal of Production Economics, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research.

She is editorial board member of the British Journal of Management and member of the British Academy of Management. In 2019, she held a small grant from the Society for Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), dedicated to a Paper Development Workshop on Knowledge Networks.

She was awarded with the Excellence Education Award (2019) for her contribution to excellence in education by the University of Essex.

Marianna is interested in supervising doctoral students - especially those with an interest in International Business, Innovation, Technology and Networks and quantitative approaches (i.e. Social Network Analysis). Potential topics include: The impact of political and institutional environments on firm-level strategies; the evolution of international knowledge networks for innovation; how institutions affect the evolution of firms and industries? How can advancements in technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, synthetic biology, etc., help expand our understanding of firms’ management of innovation and collaborative relations?

Selected Publications:

  1. Sena, V., Duygun, M., Lubrano, G., Marra, M. Shaban, M. (2018), ’Board Independence, Corruption and Innovation. Some Evidence on UK Subsidiaries’.  Journal of Corporate Finance, 50, 22-43.
  2. Marra, M. (2019). Book Review: “High speed rail and China’s new economic geography: Impact assessment from the regional science perspective” by Zhenhua Chen and Kingsley E. Haynes, with Yulong Zhou and Zhaoxin Dai, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, ISBN 978-1-78536-603-1. Regional Studies.
  3. Galli, F., Lubrano G., Marra, M. (2020) Does high speed rail affect airport efficiency? Evidence from Italy. Forthcoming Journal of Transport Economics and Policy.
  4. Chen, D., Ignatius, J. Sun, D., Zhou, C., Marra, M., Demirbag, M. (2018) ‘Reverse Logistics Pricing Strategy for Green Supply Chain: A View of Customers’ Environmental Awareness’. International Journal of Production Economics.
  5. Emrouznejad, A., Marra, M., (2017) ’The state of the art development of AHP (1979-2017): A literature review with a social network analysis’. International Journal of Production Research 55, 6653-6675.
  6. Kaffash, S., Marra, M., (2016) ’Data envelopment analysis in financial services: A citations network analysis of banks, insurance companies and money market funds’. Annals of Operations Research 253, 307-344.
  7. Marra, M., Ho W., Lee C.K.M., (2016) ‘Managing supply chain knowledge-based linkages for improving operational performance’. Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 14, 256–269.
  8. Marra, M., Emrouznejad, A., Ho, W., J.S. Edwards, (2015) ‘The value of indirect ties in citation networks: SNA analysis with OWA operator weights’. Information Sciences.
  9. Emrouznejad, A., Marra, M., (2014) ‘Ordered Weighted Averaging Operators 1988–2014: A citation-based literature survey’. International Journal of Intelligent Systems, 29, 994-1014. 
  10. Marra, M., Ho, W., Edwards J.S., (2012) ‘Supply chain knowledge management: A literature review’. Expert Systems with Applications 39, 6103- 6110.


Senior Lecturer in International Business

Community and Business

Professional Body Memberships

  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy, UK (2017 - present)