Oded Shenkar

Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management

Management & Human Resources


Oded Shenkar holds degrees in East-Asian (Chinese) Studies and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from Columbia University, where his dissertation on the Chinese bureaucracy involved the department of Sociology, the Graduate School of Business, and the East-Asian Institute. He is the Ford Motor Company Chair in Global Business Management and Professor of Management and Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, where he heads the international business area, and is also a member of the Centers for Chinese Studies and for Near East Studies. Professor Shenkar has been a Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Peking University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), and the International University of Japan, among others.

Professor Shenkar has published more than hundred scholarly articles in leading journals such as The Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations,Journal of International Business studiesStrategic Management Journal, and the Harvard Business Review, among many others. His books includeOrganization and Management in China 1979-1990 (M.E. Sharpe)International Business in China (Routledge, w. L. Kelley)Global Perspectives on Human Resource Management (Prentice-Hall)The Handbook of International Management Research (Blackwell/ University of Michigan Press, with B.J. Punnett)International Business (Wiley/Sage, with Yadong Luo)the Handbook of Strategic Alliances (Sage, with Jeff Reuer)The Chinese Century (Wharton School Publishing; 12 foreign editions), The Great Deleveraging (Financial Times Press, with H. Dickson), and Copycats: how smart companies use imitation to gain a strategic edge (Harvard Business Press; 11 foreign editions).

Prof. Shenkar’s work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Daily Mail (UK), Liberation (France), International Herald Tribune, Time, Business Week, Compass, the Economist, Chief Executive magazine, Associated Press, Reuters, Nikkei Financial Daily,China DailyReference News (China), and China Business Weekly, as well as on radio (e.g., NPR, CBS) and TV (BBC, CNN, CCTV, Reuters, ABC, Canada Business TV, Bloomberg).

Professor Shenkar has been an advisor to firms (e.g., Battelle, Citigroup, Diamond Power International, Discern, Ford Motor, Geely /Volvo, Netafim, OEConnection, PIC, Shepherd Coloring, Wal-Mart Stores, Zeraim Gdera / Syngenta), governments (e.g., Department of Business and Economic Development, State of Hawaii; USPS / OIG), international institutions (e.g., ILO) and universities (e.g., Chinese University of Hong Kong) worldwide. He appeared before the US-China Economic & Security Review Commission, among others, and is a past Vice President and Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Business and Management
  • Chinese Management Systems
  • International Strategic Alliances
  • Japanese Management Systems
  • Organization Theory and Design


  • PhD, Columbia University
  • MPhil, Columbia University
  • MSc, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • BA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • BUSMHR 7525 - Global Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership

    Field study projects to introduce venture capital, private equity, technology commercialization and new venture strategy.

  • BUSMHR 8203 - Seminar: Seminar in Organizational Theory

    Theory, research on environmental and structural characteristics of formal organizations and their correlates with particular emphasis on management of the organization in dynamic, global environment. Prereq: Enrollment in Fisher College of Business Ph.D program, or permission of instructor.

  • BUSMHR 8001 - Seminar: Seminar in International Business

    A critical study of current theories and research methodologies and findings in the field in international business. Prereq: Enrollment in the Fisher College of Business Ph.D program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 925.01.