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Prof Robin Pesch


Department: Newcastle Business School

Robin is a Professor in International Business. His expertise encompasses three primary areas: 1) cultural differences and leadership, 2) managerial capabilities and transformation, and 3) the workplace integration of migrants. Robin's research has gained international acclaim, earning him multiple prestigious awards. His research projects addressing grand challenges have successfully secured significant research funds in Canada, China, and Germany.

Robin brings a wealth of international academic experience to Northumbria University, having previously held positions at Newcastle University, and the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He is an esteemed member of the GLOBE 2020 research project, and he also lends his expertise to the Journal of Business Research as an Associate Editor.

His passion for teaching is evident in his diverse courses covering International Business, Strategy & Organisation, Innovation Management, and empirical research methods. His dedication to innovative pedagogy has been recognized through an award for outstanding teaching from the University of Bayreuth in 2017. Furthermore, his pioneering efforts in creating animated learning videos for dissertation support led to a nomination for a Best Teaching Award at Newcastle University.

Beyond academia, Robin actively engages in knowledge transfer through close collaboration with practitioners. Grounded in his research, he provides training and consultancy services to policymakers and managers in Multinational Enterprises (MNEs), small and medium-sized companies, and non-profit organizations across Canada, China, Germany, and the UK. Robin's impactful work is regularly featured in various media outlets, including newspapers and radio and has been covered by the World Economic Forum.

Robin Pesch

My research interests are:

  • Top management teams 
  • Strategy and transformation
  • Migrant and refugee employees
  • Cultural differences and leadership

I am pleased to talk to potential PhD students with interesting proposals that link to my research interests.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Digital product innovation management: Balancing stability and fluidity through formalization, Pesch, R., Endres, H., Bouncken, R. Nov 2021, In: Journal of Product Innovation Management
  • How to achieve benefits from diversity in international alliances: Mechanisms and cultural intelligence, Pesch, R., Bouncken, R. 2018, In: Global Strategy Journal
  • Family Firms, Alliance Governance and Mutual Knowledge Creation, Bouncken, R., Hughes, M., Ratzmann, M., Cesinger, B., Pesch, R. 2020, In: British Journal of Management
  • Post-formational buyer directives: Aid or harm for learning and innovation in alliances, Bouncken, R., Ratzmann, M., Covin, J., Pesch, R. 1 Jul 2023, In: Industrial Marketing Management
  • Be a hero: Employ refugees like a pragmatist, Pesch, R., Ipek, E., Fitzsimmons, S. 24 Feb 2023, In: Organizational Dynamics
  • Understanding of refugees in management studies and implications for future research on workplace integration, Pesch, R., Ipek, E. 23 Jul 2023, In: European Management Review

  • Business Administration PhD July 15 2014
  • Business and Administration Diploma November 14 2009

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