Saul EstrinAffiliation: London School of Economics and Political Science (Emeritus)

Bio: Saul Estrin is a Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy and was the founding Head of the new Department of Management at LSE. He has a BA and MA from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil from the University of Sussex. He was formerly a Professor of Economics, and Associate Dean (Faculty and Research), at London Business School, where he served in 2001 as Acting Dean.  He also held the Adecco Professorship of Business and Society at London Business School and was the Research Director of its Centre for New and Emerging Markets. At LSE he is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance.

His research covers a range of subjects in international business and entrepreneurship, especially with reference to emerging and transition economies.  He has analyzed issues including the relative performance of state owned and private firms; FDI entry mode; the impact of business group affiliation on internationalization; and emerging market multinationals. Much of his research interest has been with contextualizing MNE performance, especially with respect to institutions, both formal and informal. Most of his work is empirical, drawing on both archival data and surveys that he has been involved in collecting.

He has published around 150 books and scholarly papers in these areas, in journals such as Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of International Business Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Strategic Management Journal. He has also published a number of monographs and edited volumes, including on privatization in transition economies as well as an intermediate microeconomics textbook. His work has had a significant research impact, with a google cite count in excess of 20,000.

He also has considerable practitioner experience. He was a non-executive Board member of Barings Asset Management, Emerging Markets Trust and a member of the Academic Panel of the UK postal regulator, Postcomm. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Union and OECD, DfID and NERA and to a number of major global companies, and he has taught a wide variety of senior executive programmes.

Saul has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Michigan Business School, Cornell University and the European University Institute. He was a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the William Davidson Institute and remains an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford as well as the IZA, Bonn.  He edited, for several years, the Business Strategy Review and is Associate Editor of Small Business Economics.

Last Updated: March 2021