About Alain Verbeke

Dr. Alain Verbeke is a Professor of International Business Strategy and the McCaig Chair in Management at the University of Calgary. He also serves as the Alan M. Rugman Memorial Fellow at the University of Reading. 

He is associated with the Solvay Business School (VUB) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain and an Associate Fellow of Templeton College. He has served two full terms as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Business Studies – JIBS, during which time the journal’s citation impact (without self-cites) doubled.  

Dr. Verbeke’s main contributions to the field of international business strategy include, inter alia:(1) making the critical distinction between location-bound and non-location bound firm-specific advantages of multinational enterprises; (2) the subsidiary specific advantage concept; (3) the bounded reliability concept; (4) the concept of bifurcation bias in family firms; (5) substantial work demonstrating the dominance of regional over global strategies.  

Dr. Verbeke is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the European International Business Academy (EIBA).  He is also an active member in the Strategic Management Society (SMS).  He was the recipient of the double Gold Medal awarded by the AIB for his intellectual contributions in JIBS and for his service to the journal. In 2023, the was bestowed with the AIB Exemplary Service Award for his role as Editor-in-Chief of JIBS.