Professor Zaheer Khan

Head of Group
Strategy & International Business


Zaheer Khan is Professor of International Business and Head of the Strategy & International Business Division at Kent Business School. Prior to joining University of Kent in 2017, he taught at the University of Sheffield, University of Hull, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway University of London. 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. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His work has appeared in some of the leading international business and strategy journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Global Strategy Journal, International Marketing Review, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Industrial Marketing Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations,and R&D Management, among others.


Zaheer has taught 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. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


I would be interested in supervising 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
  • Internationalization of SMEs and family firms
Current Supervisees
  • Bochra Idris: Essays on SMES' Internationalisation: An Empirical Analysis Using Large-Scale Survey Data.


Zaheer has worked as a Consultant, Systems Analyst and Project Manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asia Business Studies. Currently, he is acting as a Guest Editor for the Applied Psychology and International Studies of Management & Organization Journal. He is a member of the following Professional Associations:

  • Academy of International Business
  • European International Business Academy
  • British Academy of Management
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository


  • Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Z. and Marinova, S. (2019). Balancing Social and Political Strategies in Emerging Markets: Evidence from India. Business Ethics: A European Review [Online] 28:56-70. Available at:
  • Gomes, E. et al. (2019). Antecedents and Implications of Territorial Servitization. Regional Studies [Online] 53:410-423. Available at:
  • Vershinina, N. et al. (2019). Gaining legitimacy through proactive stakeholder management: The Experiences of high-tech women entrepreneurs in Russia. Journal of Business Research [Online]. Available at:
  • Zeng, J. and Khan, Z. (2018). Value creation through Big Data in Emerging Economies: the role of Resource Orchestration and Entrepreneurial Orientation. Management Decision.
  • Shamim, S. et al. (2018). Role of big data management in enhancing big data decision-making capability and quality among Chinese firms: A dynamic capabilities view. Information & Management [Online]. Available at:
  • Soundararajan, V., Khan, Z. and Tarba, S. (2018). Beyond brokering: Sourcing agents, boundary work, and working conditions in global supply chains. Human Relations [Online] 71:481-509. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. and Lew, Y. (2018). Post-Entry Survival of Developing Economy International New Ventures: A Dynamic Capability Perspective. International Business Review [Online] 27:149-160. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R., Rodgers, P. and Khan, Z. (2018). Bridging the gap between domain of research and locus of impact: An examination of the UK's research excellence framework. Journal of Management Development [Online] 37:341-352. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Z. and Akhtar, P. (2018). Nature of technology and location effects on firm performance in the US medical device industry. Economics of Innovation and New Technology [Online]. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. et al. (2018). Human Resource Management in Chinese Multinationals in the UK: The Interplay of Institutions, Culture and Strategic Choice. Human Resource Management [Online]. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Lew, Y. and Marinova, S. (2018). Exploitative and exploratory innovations in emerging economies: The role of realized absorptive capacity and learning intent. International Business Review [Online]. Available at:
  • Gerschewski, S. et al. (2018). Post-Entry Performance of International New Ventures:The Mediating Role of Learning Orientation. International Small Business Journal [Online] 36:807-828. Available at:
  • Nicholson, J. et al. (2018). What do introduction sections tell us about the intent of scholarly work: A contribution on contributions. Industrial Marketing Management [Online] 73:206-219. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Park, J. and Akhtar, P. (2018). Service Multinational Enterprises and Linkages Development in Pakistan. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences [Online] 35:473-487. Available at:
  • He, S., Khan, Z. and Shenkar, O. (2018). Subsidiary capability upgrading under emerging market acquirers. Journal of World Business [Online] 53:248-262. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Rao-Nicholson, R. and Tarba, S. (2018). Global Networks as a Mode of Balance for Exploratory Innovations in a Late Liberalizing Economy. Journal of World Business [Online] 53:392-402. Available at:
  • Osei, C. et al. (2018). Developing and deploying marketing agility in an emerging economy: The case of Blue Skies. International Marketing Review [Online]. Available at:
  • Rodgers, P. et al. (2017). Exploring the Determinants of Location Choice Decisions for Offshored R&D Projects. Journal of Business Research [Online]. Available at:
  • He, S. et al. (2017). Towards a new wave in internationalization of innovation? The rise of China's innovative MNEs, strategic coupling, and global economic organization. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences [Online] 34:343-355. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R., Vorley, T. and Khan, Z. (2017). Social innovation in emerging economies: A National Systems of Innovation based approach. Technological Forecasting and Social Change [Online] 121:228-237. Available at:
  • Akhtar, P. et al. (2017). The Internet of Things, dynamic data and information processing capabilities and operational agility. Technological Forecasting and Social Change [Online]. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. et al. (2017). Employee Emotional Resilience during Post-Merger Integration across National Boundaries: Rewards and the Mediating Role of Fairness Norms. Journal of World Business [Online]. Available at:
  • Del Giudice, M. et al. (2017). 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. Journal of Organizational Behavior [Online] 38:1396-1414. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. et al. (2017). The role of HR practices in developing employee resilience: A case study from the Pakistani telecommunications sector. The International Journal of Human Resource Management [Online]. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. et al. (2017). Cross-border mergers and acquisitions of emerging economies' multinational enterprises-the mediating role of socialization integration mechanisms for successful integration. Human Resource Management Review [Online]. Available at:
  • Akhtar, P. et al. (2017). Essential micro-foundations for contemporary business operations: Top management tangible competencies, relationship-based business networks and environmental sustainability. British Journal of Management [Online]. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R. et al. (2016). The impact of leadership on organizational ambidexterity and employee psychological safety in the global acquisitions of emerging market multinationals. International Journal of Human Resource Management [Online] 27:2461-2487. Available at:
  • Lew, Y. et al. (2016). Trans-specialization understanding in international technology alliances: The influence of cultural distance. Journal of International Business Studies [Online] 47:577-594. Available at:
  • Lew, Y. et al. (2016). Internationalization Process of Chinese SMEs: The Role of Business and Ethnic-Group based Social Networks. International Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy [Online] 1:247-268. Available at:
  • Akhtar, P. et al. (2016). Building relationship innovation in global collaborative partnerships: big data analytics and traditional organizational powers. R&D Management [Online]. Available at:
  • Lew, Y., Khan, Z. and Cozzio, S. (2016). Gravitating toward the quadruple helix: International connections for the enhancement of a regional innovation system in Northeast Italy. R&D Management [Online] 48:44-59. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R. et al. (2016). The contingent role of distributed leadership in the relationship between HR practices and organizational ambidexterity in the cross-border M&As of emerging market multinationals. International Journal of Human Resource Management [Online]:1-22. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Lew, Y. and Akhtar, P. (2016). The influence of industrial policy and national systems of innovation on emerging economy suppliers' learning capability. Industry and Innovation [Online] 23:512-530. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. and Nicholson, J. (2015). Technological catch-up by component suppliers in the Pakistani automotive industry: A four-dimensional analysis. Industrial Marketing Management [Online] 50:40-50. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Lew, Y. and Park, B. (2015). Institutional legitimacy and norms-based CSR marketing practices: Insights from MNCs operating in a developing economy. International Marketing Review [Online] 32:463-491. Available at:
  • Akhtar, P. et al. (2015). Data-driven and adaptive leadership contributing to sustainability: global agri-food supply chains connected with emerging markets. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 181:392-401. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Lew, Y. and Sinkovics, R. (2015). The mirage of upgrading local automotive parts suppliers through the creation of vertical linkages with MNEs in developing economies. Critical Perspectives on International Business [Online] 11:301-318. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Shenkar, O. and Lew, Y. (2015). Knowledge transfer from international joint ventures to local suppliers in a developing economy. Journal of International Business Studies [Online] 46:656-675. Available at:
  • Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Z. and Stokes, P. (2015). Making great minds think alike: Emerging market multinational firms' leadership effects on targets' employee psychological safety after cross-border mergers and acquisitions. International Business Review [Online] 25:103-113. Available at:
  • Khan, Z., Lew, Y. and Sinkovics, R. (2015). International Joint Ventures as Boundary Spanners: Technological Knowledge Transfer in an Emerging Economy. Global Strategy Journal [Online] 5:48-68. Available at:
  • Khan, Z. and Nicholson, J. (2014). An investigation of the cross-border supplier development process: Problems and implications in an emerging economy. International Business Review [Online] 23:1212-1222. Available at:

Book section

  • He, S. and Khan, Z. (2015). Subsidiary Capability Upgrading and Parent-Subsidiary Relationship: Insights from a Chinese Acquisition in the United Kingdom. in: van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A. and Drogendijk, R. eds. The Future of Global Organizing. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 127-141. Available at:


  • Sheng, J. et al. (2018). Managerial Responses to Online Reviews: A Text Analytics Approach. British Journal of Management.
  • Littlewood, D. and Khan, Z. (2018). Insights from a systematic review of literature on social enterprise and networks: Where, how and what next? Social Enterprise Journal 14:390-409.
  • Puthusserry, P., Khan, Z. and Rodgers, P. (2018). International New Ventures Market Expansion through Collaborative Entry Modes: A Study of the Experience of Indian and British ICT Firms. International Marketing Review 35:890-913.
  • Rodgers, P. et al. (2018). The role of non-market strategies in establishing legitimacy: The Case of Service MNEs in emerging economies. Management International Review.
  • He, S. et al. (2018). Technological Innovation as a Source of Chinese Multinationals' Firm-Specific Advantages and Internationalization. International Journal of Emerging Markets [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi/10.1108/IJoEM-02-2017-0059.
  • Khan, Z., Soundararajan, V. and Shoham, A. (2017). Global Post-Merger Agility, Transactive Memory System and Human Resource Management Practices. Human Resource Management Review.
Total publications in KAR: 48 [See all in KAR]