Professor Snejina Michailova

MSc, PhD


Snejina Michailova (PhD from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) is a Professor of International Business at the Department of Management and International Business, The University of Auckland Business School. 

Snejina's main research areas are International Business, Management, and Knowledge Management and her academic work has appeared in the prime journals of all three disciplines. Journals where she has published include: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Business Strategy Review, California Management Review, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Management, Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Management International Review, Long Range Planning, Management Learning, Organizational Dynamics, R&D Management, Technovation, Thunderbird International Business Review and others.

Snejina has co-published Talent Management in Small Advanced Economies (Emerald, 2019) and has co-edited The Routledge Companion on Cross-Cultural Management (Routledge, 2015), Research Handbook on Women in International Management (Edward Elgar, 2014), Knowledge Governance (Oxford University Press, 2010), Human Resource Management in Central and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2008) and Research Methodologies in Non-Western Contexts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Snejina serves as Consulting Editor for Journal of International Management and is a member of the Editorial Review Boards of several journals, including Journal of Management Studies and Global Strategy Journal. She served as Editor Europe for Journal of World Business from 2001 to 2007 and Associate Editor (2009-2016) and Co-Editor-in-Chief for critical perspectives on international business (2017-2019). 

Since January 2018 Snejina is the Associate Dean (Research) at The University of Auckland Business School. From 2006 to 2007 she served as Head of Department of International Business. She has previously chaired the departmental Research Committee and the PhD Committee at the Department of Management and International Business (45+ PhD students). She served a full term as a member of the Council of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, a European research organisation headquartered in Vienna.

Special Interests:

Modern slavery

Multinational enterprises

Expatriation; repatriation

Host country nationals

Knowledge sharing 

Knowledge transfer across cultures 


Research | Current

Three current major research projects: 1) modern slavery; 2) host country nationals in multinational enterprises; 3) talent management.

Teaching | Current

2015-2021: BUSINESS 710 Research Design

2017: BUSINESS 712 Advanced Qualitative Methods, INTBUS 702 International Management

2016: INTBUS 702 International Management, INTBUS 307 International Management and Strategy

2015: INTBUS 307 International Management and Strategy


Postgraduate supervision

Snejina is supervising PhD and masters students whose work is positioned in either International Management or Knowledge Management. Examples of supervised projects include: Modern slavery in multinationals; Host country nationals' helping behaviours in multinational enterprises; State, government and Russian multinationals; The multinational enterprise as an inter-organisational network; Transfer of HRM practices from Western multinationals to subsidiaries in Africa; Cultural intelligence; Expatriation from Chinese multinationals; Academic repatriation; Language in international business; Female expatriation; Expatriation adjustment;  Self-initiated expatriation; Knowledge flows within multinationals; Knowledge sharing in repatriation; Rejection of western knowledge in the bottom of the pyramid; Modern slavery, and others.


2018 Best Paper in Research Methods Award, Academy of International Business annual conference, Minneapolis, US (paper on visual methodology in International Business research; co-authored with S. Paul) 

2018 Best paper award, Australia New Zealand Academy of International Business annual conference, Brisbane, Australia (paper on modern slavery as an international business; co-authored with C. Stringer)

2017 Best Reviewer Award, Academy of International Business annual conference (23 best reviewers selected out of 1286 reviewers)

2017 Outstanding Author Contribution winner, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

2017 Highly Commended paper, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

2017, 2016 Member of the AIB Alan Rugman Young Scholar Award Committee

2016 Certificate of recognition, Academy of International Business

2015 Research Excellence Award, Unievrsity of Auckland Business School

2015 Best Reviewer Award, Asia Academy of Management annual conference 

2014 Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award, University of Auckland Business School

2014 Re-elected Member of Council, International Association of Cross-cultural Competence and Management, Vienna, Austria (I am the only Council member based outside of Europe)

2013 “That’s interesting” Award, International Society for Professional Innovation Management annual conference, Helsinki, Finland (for most interesting academic paper; co-authored with K. Husted and H. Olander; selected out of 400+ papers)

2012-2013 Visiting Distinguished Professor, Aalto University School of Business, Finland

2012 Best Reviewer, Academy of International Business (32 best reviewers selected out of a pool of 997 reviewers)

2011 Academy of Management finalist for Outstanding Practitioner Oriented Publication Award (paper co-authored with Husted)

2010 Visiting Professor, Aalto University School of Economics, Finland

2009 Academy of International Business Certificate of Recognition

2009 Best paper award, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference, International Management stream

2009 Sustained Excellence Research Award, University of Auckland Business School

2007 Best paper award at the Australia New Zealand International Business Academy annual conference, Newcastle, Australia  


2018-: Associate Dean (Research)

Chair of departmental Research Committee, Member of Faculty Research Committee, 2016-2018

Research and study leave, 2015

Chair of departmental PhD Committee, Member of Faculty PhD Committee, 2012-2014

Chair of departmental Research Committee, Member of Faculty Research Committee, 2008-2011

Areas of expertise

Modern slavery as a business

Talent management (both domestic and global) 

International management (multinational enterprises, host country nationals, expatriation, cross-cultural issues, gender in international business, international business/management as a discipline)

Knowledge management (knowledge sharing, knowledge protection, knowledge governance)

Qualitative research methods

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Consulting Editor, Journal of International Management (since 2020)

Co-Editor-in-Chief, critical perspectives on international business (2017-2019)

Associate Editor, critical perspectives on international business (2009-2016)

Chair, Faculty Research Committee, University of Auckland Business School (since 2018)

Member, University of Auckland Research Committee (since 2018)

Chair, Excellence Research Awards Committee, University of Auckland Business School (since 2018; 2006-2008)

Chair, Research Committee, Dept. of Management and International Business: (2008-2011)
Editor Europe, Journal of World Business (2001-2007)
Editorial Boards: Global Strategy Journal (2014-), European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (2008-), Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems (2009-),
Editorial Boards: Australian Journal of Management (2014-), Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies (2006-), Organizations and Markets in Emerging Economies (2009-)
Editorial Boards: Journal of Management Studies (2011-), Journal of International Business Studies (2007-2013), Organizational Dynamics (2006-2016), Journal for East European Management Studies (1997-2015)
Head of Department of International Business (July 2006-July 2007)
Member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business and the European Group for Organization Studies
Member of University of Auckland Business School Research Committee (2006-2008; 2009-2012; 2016-2018)

Senior Editor, Journal of Asia Business Studies (2010-2013)

ANZIBA, Chair of the track “Anti-globalisation”, Brisbane, 2018

ANZIBA, Co-chair of the track “Culture, gender, equity, and diversity”, Adelaide, 2017

Strategic Management Society, Co-chair of methodology track, Sydney, Australia, December 2014

ANZIBA, conference organizer, programme chair, Auckland, NZ, 2014

ANZIBA, Chair of the track “Multinational enterprises and their subsidiaries”, Sydney, Australia, 2013

ANZIBA, Chair of the track “Multinational enterprises and their subsidiaries”, Adelaide, Australia, 2012


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Storgaard, M., Tienari, J., Piekkari, R., & Michailova, S. (2020). Holding On While Letting Go: Neocolonialism as Organizational Identity Work in a Multinational Corporation. Organization Studies10.1177/0170840620902977
  • Michailova, S., & Ott, D. L. (2019). Talent Management in Small Advanced Economies. Emerald Group Publishing. Pages: 162.
  • Fee, A., & Michailova, S. (2019). How host organizations prepare for and learn from expatriate assignments. THUNDERBIRD INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW, 62 (4), 329-342. 10.1002/tie.22099
  • Dörrenbächer C, & Michailova, S. (2019). Editorial. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 15 (2-3), 110-118. 10.1108/cpoib-05-2019-103
  • Ritala, P., Husted, K., Olander, H., & Michailova, S. (2018). External knowledge sharing and radical innovation: the downsides of uncontrolled openness. Journal of Knowledge Management, 22 (5), 1104-1123. 10.1108/JKM-05-2017-0172
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Husted
  • Michailova, S., & Ott, D. L. (2018). Linking international experience and cultural intelligence development. Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research, 6 (1), 59-78. 10.1108/JGM-07-2017-0028
  • Stringer, C., & Michailova, S. (2018). Why modern slavery thrives in multinational corporations' global value chains. MULTINATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW, 26 (3), 194-206. 10.1108/MBR-04-2018-0032
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Christina Stringer
  • Azungah, T., Michailova, S., & Hutchings, K. (2018). Embracing localization: evidence from Western MNEs in Ghana. CROSS CULTURAL & STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT, 25 (4), 690-715. 10.1108/CCSM-08-2017-0093


Contact details

Office hours

No pre-defined office hours. Appointments can be arranged over e-mail.

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 4128
New Zealand

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