Dr. Paul W. Beamish

Image of Paul BeamishProfessor of International Business, Ivey Business School.
Canada Research Chair in International Management, Director of the International Business Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Dean of the Fellows of the Academy of International Business

Office: Ivey Business School, London, ON, Canada
Telephone: 519-661-3237
Email: pbeamish@ivey.ca

Paul Beamish holds the Canada Research Chair in International Management at Ivey. He is the author or co-author of over 55 books and 125 refereed articles. His books are in the areas of International Management, Strategic Management, and Joint Ventures and Alliances. His articles have appeared in Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), and elsewhere. He served as Editor-in- Chief of JIBS from 1993-97 and is on numerous editorial boards. He is a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. His current research interests examine foreign direct investment of Japanese multinational enterprises in Africa. It considers the reasons for the exit, as well as the specific challenges associated with doing business in conflict zones.

In 2010 Paul Beamish founded the 39 Country Initiative (39CI). This initiative seeks to reduce poverty by enhancing the quality of the business education in the world’s poorest* 39 countries. The initiative is rooted in the idea that well-educated managers and entrepreneurs capable of making sound business decisions will increase the prosperity of the communities and countries in which they operate. To enable this, the 39CI strives to address one of the greatest challenges faced by higher educational institutions in the 39 countries: An overall lack of quality teaching material, particularly current material.

To this end, the 39CI in collaboration with Ivey Publishing has made the entire Ivey case catalog (7000 digital cases) available to registered faculty in each of the 39 countries free of charge. To-date, over 2000 faculty representing all 39 countries have registered for access. In addition, the 39CI organizes the collection of hard copy teaching materials and journals from universities around the world and ships them to schools in the 39 countries. Thus far, the 39CI has completed four container shipments arrivingat: Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (Ghana), Moi University (Kenya), and Riara University (Kenya). For more information, visit (*including a list of countries): https://www.ivey.uwo.ca/internationalbusiness/39-country-initiative/

Selected Publications 

  • Getachew, Yamlaksira and Paul Beamish, 2017, “Foreign Subsidiary Exit from Africa: The Effects of Investment Purpose Diversity and Orientation”. Global Strategy Journal 7 (1): 58-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gsj.1142
  • Dai, Li, Lorraine Eden and Paul W. Beamish, 2017, “Caught in the Crossfire: The Exposure and Vulnerability of MNEs to War”, Strategic Management Journal doi: 10.1002/smj.2599. 
  • Dai, Li, Lorraine Eden and Paul W. Beamish, 2013, “Place, Space and Geographical Exposure: Foreign Subsidiary Survival in Conflict Zones”, Journal of International Business Studies, 44: 554-578.