Darden Center for Global Initiatives

International Faculty Research

Many Darden professors teach around the world, consult for global companies and conduct research about international business. Many faculty members are originally from outside the U.S., have studied in other countries, and/or collaborate with colleagues at universities around the world. Beyond their academic expertise in international business issues, many Darden professors are sought-after thought leaders by corporations worldwide.

Faculty Profiles

Below are short profiles of some of the Darden faculty that are focusing their research on international business issues. Visit the faculty directory for a full list of Darden professors.

Darden Professor AllayannisYiorgos Allayannis

Professor Allayannis serves as the Associate Dean of the Global MBA for Executives Program and has taught in First Year Finance and elective courses in Portfolio, Valuation, and Financial Institutions and Markets. His primary research focus is on corporate risk management, exchange-rate risk, capital structure and corporate financial policies. 

Between 2005 and 2007, Allayannis was a director in Citigroup’s Global Financial Strategy Group in the Investment Banking Division where he published several Citigroup reports on risk management in emerging markets, the impact of energy prices on corporate financial strategies and the value creation of divestitures in the financial services sector.

Professor Ming-Jer ChenMing-Jer Chen

Ming-Jer Chen, Leslie E. Grayson Professor at the Darden School, is a leading authority in strategic management. He is recognized for his pioneering work in competitive dynamics and ambicultural management.

Ming-Jer is President and Fellow of the Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society, and former chair of the Academy’s Business Policy and Strategy Division. He is the author of Inside Chinese Business: A Guide for Managers Worldwide and Competitive Dynamics: A Research Odyssey (in Chinese). 

Ming-Jer has contributed to the East-West business dialogue via keynote speeches at such symposia as the World Economic Forum’s China Business Summit (Beijing, 2000) and the US-China Executive Summit (New York, 2004). He is conference convener for the Strategic Management Society’s Special Conference in China (2012). Prior to Darden, he founded and directed Wharton’s Global Chinese Business Initiative and served on the faculty at Columbia. In addition, he has held honorary, advisory, or visiting appointments at universities in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. 

Darden Professor Peter DebaerePeter Debaere

Associate Professor Peter Debaere is a member of the Global Economies and Markets (GEM) area. In addition to teaching the core First Year GEM course, he teaches a Second Year elective "Managing International Trade and Investment" and occasionally a PhD course in international trade. Debaere is an international economist, with a focus on international trade, multinationals and trade policy.

His work has addressed fundamental questions such as the extent to which trade theories can explain the actual international trade patterns we observe. Debaere also had a stint at the International Monetary Fund and a one-year stay at the Institute for the German Economy in Cologne, Germany. Currently Debaere is a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London.

Darden Professor Pedro MatosPedro Matos

Pedro Matos is an Associate Professor in Darden's Finance area. His research focuses on international corporate governance and the growing importance of institutional investors in financial markets worldwide. He holds a BA in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and a PhD in Finance from INSEAD (France). Prior to his PhD, he worked with the Portuguese Ministry of Finance and consulted for the World Bank.

Darden Professor Peter RodriguezPeter Rodriguez

Peter L. Rodriguez is an associate professor of business administration, senior associate dean for degree programs and chief diversity officer at the Darden School. He teaches classes on economic growth and development, international business and international macroeconomics. His research publications include theoretical explorations of international trade policies and firm behavior and empirical and practice-based studies of issues in international business and management.

Darden Professor Saras SarasvathySaras Sarasvathy

Associate Professor Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area and teaches courses in entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden’s MBA program. In addition, she teaches in doctoral programs not only at Darden, but also in Denmark, India, Croatia and South Africa. In 2007, Sarasvathy was named one of the top 18 entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business magazine.

Her book Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise was nominated for the 2009 Terry Book Award by the Academy of Management. Effectuation is widely acclaimed as a rigorous framework for understanding the creation and growth of new organizations and markets. The research program based on effectuation involves over a dozen scholars from around the world whose published and working papers can be found at www.effectuation.org.

Darden Professor Frank WarnockFrank Warnock

Francis E. Warnock is a member of the Global Economies and Markets (GEM) area. Warnock developed and delivers GEM's First Year core elective "Global Financial Markets" and the year-long "Markets for Human Hope" course. Warnock is an expert on international capital flows, international portfolio allocation and financial sector development. Warnock's work has been featured in Financial Times, The Economist, Barron's, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

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