Bio: Eleanor Westney joined the Schulich School of Business as the Scotiabank Chair in International Business in July 2007, after twenty-five years on the faculty of the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, where she held the Sloan Fellows Chair in the Strategy and International Management group. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1978 from Princeton University, and began her teaching career in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. She moved to M.I.T. and into the International Business field in 1982. Her first book, Imitation and Innovation: The Adoption of Western Organizational Forms in Meiji Japan (Harvard University Press, 1987), explored the patterns of cross-border organizational learning, a theme that has continued to be a major focus of her interests. With Sumantra Ghoshal, she edited Organization Theory and the Multinational Corporation (Macmillan, 1993; second edition 2005). She has written extensively on Japanese organizations, on the internationalization of R&D, and on institutional theory and multinational enterprise.
Eleanor Westney’s long-term research interest is learning across borders (i.e., how organizational patterns developed in one social context are adapted in other societies). She is currently working on the internationalization of R&D, particularly in the context of firms establishing R&D centers in Japan, and Japanese firms setting up R&D facilities offshore.
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