Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Sam Park

Head, Division of Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship
Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Leadership, Management & Organisation
Director, CAS, NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS)
Director, CEM, Nanyang Centre for Emerging Markets
Head, Division of Strategy, International Business and Entrepreneurship, College of Business (NBS)

Prof Sam Park

Dr. Park is President's Chair and Professor in Strategy and International Business and the Director of Nanyang Center for Emerging Markets and Center for African Studies. He was recently the Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. He started his academic career at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he received several teaching and research awards and early promotions to Associate and Full Professor. Since early 2000s, he has worked in emerging markets as Parkland Chair Professor of Strategy and Director of the Centre for Emerging Market Studies at China Europe International Business School, Chair Professor of Strategy at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, and the founding president of SKOLKOVO-Ernst & Young Institute for Emerging Market Studies and Samsung Economic Research Institute (China). He also served on the faculty at the University of Texas-Dallas and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and received the Outstanding Service to the Global Community Award (2015) from the Academy of Management (International Management Division) for his contribution to bridging research, practice, and policy communities through his work on emerging markets and the JIBS Silver Medal (2019) for his outstanding contribution to the journal.

Dr. Park’s research appeared in leading management journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others, that are broadly cited in the areas of strategic alliances, joint ventures, China management, and emerging market strategies. His recent research focuses on sustained high-performance organizations, emerging market multinationals, and growth strategies for multinational and local companies in emerging markets. His co-authored books on emerging markets include the award-winning book Rough Diamonds: Four Traits of Successful Breakout Enterprises in BRIC Countries (Jossey-Bass, 2013), Scaling the Tail: Managing Profitable Growth in Emerging Markets (Palgrave McMillan, 2015), Managing Emerging Multinationals: Solving International Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and ASEAN Champions: Emerging Stalwarts in Regional Integration (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He is a frequent contributor to international media, including Financial Times and Forbes.

Dr. Park has been a leader in global academic communities serving as Chair, Program Chair, and a member of the Executive Committee of International Management Division (Academy of Management) and a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several major journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, among others. He was the organizer of influential international conferences and forums in China and Russia and the founding president of the Association for Korean Management Scholars. He has extensive experience in corporate consulting and training around the world and is a frequent speaker in corporate meetings and international forums. He served as a board member of Amore Pacific (Seoul), corporate strategy advisor for the Wity Group (Shanghai), a trustee for the International School of Beijing, and a member of the International Expert Council of Higher School of Economics (Moscow).
Research Interests
High performance organizations in emerging markets
Emerging market multinationals
Growth strategies for multinational and local companies in emerging markets
Roles and responsibilities for multinational companies in emerging markets
Economic integration and firm growth in ASEAN countries
Current Projects
  • President’s Chair in Strategy and International Business (Sam Park)
  • Value Localization as Knowledge Creation: Tackling Multinational Corporations’ Global-Local Tension in China
Selected Publications
  • Nan, Z. and Park, SH. (2020). Growth or profit? Strategic orientation and long-term performance in China. Strategic Management Journal, .
  • Park, S.H. and Ungson, G. (2019). Rough diamonds in emerging markets: legacy, competitiveness, and sustained high performance. Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management, .
  • Wu, J. and Park, S.H. (2019). The role of institutional complexity on emerging market multinationals’ innovation. Global Strategy Journal, .
  • Park, S.H., Ungson, G. and Francisco, J.P. (2017). ASEAN Champions: Emerging stalwarts in regional integration. Cambridge University Press.
  • Cuervo-Cazurra, A., Newburry, W., and Park, S.H. (2016). Emerging market multinationals: solving internationalization challenges. Cambridge University Press.

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