Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra is Professor of International Business and Strategy and the Lloyd Mullin Research Fellow at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Before joining Northeastern, he was a faculty member at the University of South Carolina and the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at Cornell University.

He is Faculty Associate at the Center for Emerging Markets, Northeastern University, USA. He has been International Academic Leader at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico; Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging Market Studies, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), China; CIBER Fellow at the University of Miami, USA; Visiting Research Fellow and John H. Dunning Fellow at the Henley Business School, Reading University, UK; Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Russia; and Faculty Associate at the Latin American Studies Program, at the Asia Center, and at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, University of South Carolina, USA.

 He will receive an Honorary Doctorate from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, in 2019. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in business economics from the University of Salamanca, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with specializations in finance and marketing, from Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

 Professor Cuervo-Cazurra is an expert on global strategy. He analyzes three topics in his research: the internationalization of firms, with a special interest in emerging market multinationals; capability upgrading, particularly technological capabilities; and governance challenges, focusing on corruption in international business. He was recently recognized as the second top author on emerging market multinationals, and eight author in publications in top international business journals. His geographical area of expertise is Latin America. He has done fieldwork in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, and the US. 

 He is a prolific writer, having published 4 books, 50 articles in web of science journals, of which 19 appear in the FT-50 list, 10 articles in other journals, and 30 chapters in academic books. His research appears in leading academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal. He coedited the books Understanding Multinationals from Emerging Markets, Mexican Multinationals: Building Multinationals in Emerging Markets, and State-Owned Multinationals: Governments in Global Business and coauthored the book Emerging Market Multinationals: Solving Operational Challenges in Internationalization. His work has been cited 7500+ times according to Google Scholar and 2600+ according to the Web of Science.

 His research has received numerous awards. His dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology received the Free Press Best Dissertation Award from the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management. A paper from his dissertation at the University of Salamanca received the best Ph.D. student paper award in strategy from the Academy of Management. Two of his papers received best paper awards from the Academy of Management’s International Management division, and one received the best paper award from the European International Business Academy.

 His intellectual contribution is highly sought. He is co-editor of Global Strategy Journal, the leading journal in global strategy. He is consulting editor of Journal of International Business Studies, the leading journal in international business, in which he previously served as reviewing editor. He has edited special issues of Journal of International Business Studies, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of World Business, and Journal of International Management. He serves on the editorial boards of other leading journals, such as Academy of Management Review and Strategic Management Journal.  He also served as an expert reviewer for the national science foundations of Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, South Africa, and the USA.

 He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2016. He has taken leadership positions in professional associations, being elected and serving in 2012-2017 in the Executive Committee of the International Management division of the Academy of Management, the leading association of management scholars. He was representative-at-large in the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society, and served in multiple committees evaluating best paper awards and eminent scholars awards at the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, and Strategic Management Society. He has served as Program Track Chair at the Academy of International Business’ Annual Meeting three times, co-organized the program of the Academy of International Business’ Latin American Chapter, and organized and chaired panels and sessions at the conference. In recognition of his exceptional service, he received an Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of International Business, 2 Best Reviewer Awards from Journal of International Business Studies, 1 Best Reviewer Award from Journal of International Management, and 7 Best Reviewer Awards from academic conferences.

 Professor Cuervo-Cazurra teaches courses on global strategy and sustainability at the undergraduate, masters, executive and Ph.D. levels. He has taught at Northeastern University, University of South Carolina and University of Minnesota in the USA, IPADE and Monterrey Tec in Mexico, FGV and FDC in Brazil, Thammasat University in Thailand, University of Valencia in Spain, UNIS in Guatemala, WU in Austria, and Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. He was a finalist for professor of the year award at the University of South Carolina.

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