Bo Nielsen

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BSc (Econ) CBS; MBA PLU; PhD CBS
Professor

Rm 4138
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6586
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
bo.nielsen@sydney.edu.au
Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Bio

Bo Bernhard Nielsen holds a PhD in international business from Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark and is Professor of Business Strategy at the International Business Discipline at University of Sydney. His research is at the intersection of strategy and international business with a specific focus on multilevel issues pertaining to strategic collaboration, firm internationalization, and strategic decision-making across borders. Professor Nielsen has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and his work appears in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of Business Research, and Long Range Planning, among others. Professor Nielsen serves as Consulting Editor, JIBS and is on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Cross Cultural &Strategic Management, and Journal of Trust Research. Professor Nielsen is the co-founder of the Research Methods Special Interest Group under the auspices of the Academy of International Business (AIB).

Research Interests

Professor Nielsen’s research is at the intersection of strategy and international business with a specific focus on multilevel issues pertaining to strategic collaboration, firm internationalization, and strategic decision-making across borders.

He strives to utilize novel and advanced methodologies to answer pertinent research questions related to why, where, how and when firm’s – and their upper echelon decision-makers - make particular strategic decisions that allow for above-average performance and returns.

His research is both qualitative and quantitative with a particular emphasis on advanced quantitative modelling such as structural equation modelling and multilevel modelling. He also strives to be cross-disciplinary, integrating managerial micro-foundations via psychology with firm level insights from strategy and management and macro-level contingencies from economic geography, urban economics, institutional and political economics and sociology, among many other fields.

His recent work on micro-location choice of foreign direct investments with focus on municipalities and cities has received wide acclaim both academically and practically as policy makers – at firm, local and national levels – all seek to learn about the drivers, determinants and consequences of multinational firms locating specific value-chain activities in specific sub-national locations.

In another stream of research, Professor Nielsen seeks to understand how diversity among upper echelons, such as boards of directors and top management teams, influence firm strategic behaviour and performance. His work on various types of diversity among top managers in relation to specific strategic choices regarding foreign market entry and operations is particularly salient in the public debate.

Yet another stream of research is specifically looking at strategic alliances and joint ventures as vehicles for firm growth and performance. His research clearly articulates the four most salient questions alliance managers must deal with; (1) motives, (2) partner selection, (3) governance form and (4) performance evaluation and builds conceptual and empirical linkages between these key factors.

In a final and more recent stream of research, Professor Nielsen is contributing to the strengthening of applied methods in management, strategy and international business research. As a co-founder of the Research Methods Special Interest Group at AIB, he is committed to advancing our understanding and quality of use of research methodologies as evidences by a number of influential articles and editorial published in top-tier journals.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Articles

Asmussen C, Nielsen B, Goerzen A, and Tegtmeier S (2018) Global cities, ownership structures, and location choice: foreign subsidiaries as bridgeheads Competitiveness Review, 28 (3), 252-276. [More Information]

Cortina J, Koehler T, Keeler K, and Nielsen B (2018) Restricted Variance Interaction Effects: What They Are and Why They Are Your Friends Journal of Management, In Press. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Raswant A (2018) The selection, use, and reporting of control variables in international business research: A review and recommendations Journal of World Business, 53 (6), 958-968. [More Information]

Sorensen B, and Nielsen B (2018) Social capital as it pertains to international ventures in Asia: A comparative study of Theravada Buddhist Laos and Confucian China International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 18 (2), 221-240. [More Information]

Torp S, and Nielsen B (2018) Psychological ownership and financial firm performance: The interplay of employee stock ownership and participative leadership Australian Journal of Management, 43 (3), 476-492. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Han C, and Nielsen B (2018) Management Innovation and Firm Performance: Toward Ambidextrous Product Innovation 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Aom 2018); Academy of Management, Chicago, USA. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Raswant A (2018) Abuse of Control: A Review on Control Variables in International Business Research and Recommendations for Authors, Reviewers and Editors Academy of International Business AIB Conference; Academy of International Business, Minneapolis, USA.

Book Chapter

Nielsen B, Asmussen C, and Goerzen A (2018) Toward a synthesis of micro and macro factors that influence foreign direct investment location choice The Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business; Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom, 190-212. [More Information]

2017

Journal Articles

Balarezo J, and Nielsen B (2017) Scenario planning as organizational intervention: An integrative framework and future research directions Review of International Business and Strategy, 27 (1), 2-52. [More Information]

Estrin S, Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2017) Emerging Market Multinational Companies and Internationalization: The Role of Home Country Urbanization Journal of International Management, 23 (3), 326-339. [More Information]

Nielsen B, Asmussen C, and Weatherall C (2017) The location choice of foreign direct investments: Empirical evidence and methodological challenges Journal of World Business, 52 (1), 62-82. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Nielsen B, and Raswant A (2017) Control Variables in International Business Research: A Review and Recommendations Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) 2017 Conference; Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Adelaide, Australia.

Report

Nielsen B, Asmussen C, Weatherall C, Hakonsson D, and Kjaer T (2017) Udenlandske direkte investeringe ri Danmark: Hvad er sammenh�ngen mellem lokale rammebetingelser og den geografiske placering af udenlandske arbejdssteder?.

2016

Journal Articles

Cuervo-Cazzura A, Andersson U, Brannen M, Nielsen B, and Reuber R (2016) From the Editors: Can I trust your findings? Ruling out alternative explanations in international business research Journal of International Business Studies, 47 (8), 881-897. [More Information]

Estrin S, and Nielsen B (2016) Do state owners constrain or facilitate corporate strategies of internationalisation? Management with Impact.

Estrin S, Meyer K, Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2016) Home country institutions and the internationalization of state owned enterprises: A cross-country analysis Journal of World Business, 51 (2), 294-307. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Balarezo J, and Nielsen B (2016) Organizational learning and its barriers: Extending the 4I framework 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management; Academy of Management, New York, United States. [More Information]

Estrin S, Nielsen S, and Nielsen B (2016) Internationalization of emerging market multinational companies: The role of industry internationalization and home country urbanization Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference 2016; Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Sydney.

Nielsen B, Nielsen S, and Andersson U (2016) A Cross-Classified Analysis of the International Diversification-Performance Relationship 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management; Academy of Management, New York, United States. [More Information]

2015

Journal Articles

Asmussen C, Nielsen B, Osegowitsch T, and Sammartino A (2015) The dynamics of regional and global expansion Multinational Business Review, 23 (4), 306-327. [More Information]

Cortina J, Kohler T, and Nielsen B (2015) Restriction of variance interaction effects and their importance for international business research Journal of International Business Studies, 46 (8), 879-885. [More Information]

2014

Journal Articles

Andersson U, Cuervo-Cazzura A, and Nielsen B (2014) From the Editors: Explaining interaction effects within and across levels of analysis Journal of International Business Studies, 45 (9), 1063-1071. [More Information]

Nielsen B (2014) Construct measurement in management research: The importance of match between levels of theory and measurement Journal of Business Research, 67 (3), 403-406. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Goerzen A, Asmussen C, and Nielsen B (2014) Global cities and multinational enterprise location strategy Location of International Business Activities: Integrating Ideas from Research in International Business, Strategic Management and Economic Geography; Palgrave Macmillan, London, 137-180.

Report

Nielsen S, and Nielsen B (2014) Determinants of Women in Leadership.

2013

Journal Articles

Christoffersen J, Globerman S, and Nielsen B (2013) Cultural distance and the performance of international joint ventures: A critical assessment of model specifications and variable measurement International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 3 (1), 93-119. [More Information]

Goerzen A, Asmussen C, and Nielsen B (2013) Global cities and multinational enterprise location strategy Journal of International Business Studies, 44 (5), 427-450. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2013) Top Management Team Nationality Diversity and Firm Performance: A Multilevel Study Strategic Management Journal, 34 (3), 373-382. [More Information]

Wilden R, Gudergan S, Nielsen B, and Lings I (2013) Dynamic Capabilities and Performance: Strategy, Structure and Environment Long Range Planning, 46 (1-2), 72-96. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Woods M, and Nielsen B (2013) Developing and Managing Collaborative-Know in Firms and Strategic Alliances: A Multilevel Model Managing Knowledge in Strategic Alliances; Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, USA, 275-299.

2012

Journal Articles

Foss N, and Nielsen B (2012) Researching Multi-Level Phenomena: The Case of Collaborative Advantage (and Related Concepts) Journal of Centrum Cathedra: the business and economics research journal, 5 (1), 11-23. [More Information]

Nielsen B (2012) What determines joint venture termination? A commentary essay Journal of Business Research, 65 (8), 1109-1111. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Gudergan S (2012) Exploration and Exploitation Fit and Performance in International Strategic Alliances International Business Review, 21 (4), 558-574. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Foss N, and Nielsen B (2012) Researching Collaborative Advantage: Some Conceptual and 2012 Multilevel Issues Creating Collaborative Advantage: Innovation and Knowledge Creation in Regional Economies; Gower Publishing Company, Farnham, 185-198.

Report

Clarke T, Nielsen B, Nielsen S, Klettner A, and Boersma M (2012) 2012 Australian Census of Women in Leadership; Commonwealth of Australia - Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, Sydney, 6-58.

2011

Journal Articles

Nielsen B (2011) Trust in strategic alliances: Toward a co-evolutionary research model Journal of Trust Research, 1 (2), 159-176. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Knudsen L (2011) Creating value through effective governance of knowledge sharing processes in inter-organizational partnerships International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, 2 (1/2), 1-6.

Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2011) The Role of Top Management Team International Orientation in Strategic Decision- Making: The Choice of Foreign Entry Mode Journal of World Business, 46 (2), 185-193. [More Information]

2010

Journal Articles

Knudsen L, and Nielsen B (2010) Collaborative Capability in R&D Alliances: Exploring the Link Between Organizational and Individual Dimensions International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 4 (2), 152-175. [More Information]

Nielsen B (2010) The role of knowledge governance in strategic alliances International Journal of Strategic Change Management, 2 (2/3), 102-127.

Nielsen B (2010) Strategic fit, contractual, and procedural governance in alliances Journal of Business Research, 63 (7), 682-689. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2010) A multilevel approach to understanding the multinationality-performance relationship Advances in International Management, 23, 527-557. [More Information]

Nielsen S, and Nielsen B (2010) Why do Firms Employ Foreigners on Their Top Management Teams: An Exploration of Human Capital, Similarity Attraction, and Strategic Fit Perspectives International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 10 (2), 195-206. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Nielsen B (2010) Multilevel Issues in Strategic Alliance Research Researching Strategic Alliances: Emerging Perspectives; Information Age Publishing, United States, 1-26.

2009

Journal Articles

Andersen T, and Nielsen B (2009) Adaptive strategy making: The effects of emergent and intended strategy modes European Management Review, 6 (2), 94-106. [More Information]

Nielsen B, and Nielsen S (2009) Learning and Innovation in International Strategic Alliances:An Empirical Test of the Role of Trust and Tacitness Journal of Management Studies, 4 (2), 152-175. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Knudsen L, and Nielsen B (2009) Antecedents of Procedural Governance in Knowledge-2009 Sharing Alliances Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning; Springer, New York, 145-161.

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS4503 International Business Honours B

  • CEMS6003 Advanced Strategy

  • IBUS3101 International Business Alliances

  • IBUS6004 International Business Alliances

Newsroom articles

  • How global cities compete 15 Mar 2017

    Sydney Business Insights

    Today more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this trend is expected to continue. As 1.5 million people move to cities every week, the country level competition is redefined at the city level. So how do cities compete with each other? We talk to Professor Bo Nielsen to find out.

  • Geographic location of foreign direct investments 05 Dec 2016

    Berlingske

    Professor Bo Bernhard Nielsen was mentioned in Berlingske (leading Danish Newspaper) in relation to his recent project on geographic location of foreign direct investments. He was quoted for discussing the importance of industrial clusters and local infrastructure for attracting foreign direct investments to particular municipalities or cities in Denmark.

  • Reasons for increasing numbers of engineers in upper echelons around the World 18 Nov 2016

    The Engineer

    Professor Bo Nielsen, IBUS, was interviewed for the Danish newspaper “The Engineer” on the reasons for increasing numbers of engineers in upper echelons around the World. His comments suggested that while we may see more engineers in the C-suite, this may be due to the human capital of the individuals as a function of their education, experiences and social and psychological traits rather than simply because engineers are more “rational” thinking individuals.

  • That's why cooperatives are crazy about joint ventures 29 Jan 2016

    Landbrugsavisen

    Professor Nielsen was interviewed in an article about the increasing number of joint ventures among cooperatives in the agricultural sector.

  • Denmark needs to be sharper in attracting foreign direct investments 03 Jun 2015

    Borsen (Denmark)

    Professor Bo Bernhard Nielsen is quoted in an article saying that Denmark in general and Copenhagen in particular is falling behind in terms of attracting foreign direct investments.

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