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About Jennifer Oetzel

Dr. Jennifer Oetzel is a Professor in the Kogod School of Business at American University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Business Strategy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research and teaching broadly focuses on the competitive implications of social, economic, and environmental sustainability challenges. More specifically, she studies how multinational enterprises (MNEs) can reduce business risk at its source rather than trying to avoid or react to risks as they occur. By adopting strategies aimed at peacebuilding, managers may not only reduce investment risk but also contribute to stability and prosperity in the communities where they operate and gain a competitive advantage by doing so. Prof. Oetzel’s research has been published in the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), the Journal of International Business Policy (JIBP), Strategic Management Journal (SMJ), Organization Science, among numerous other outlets.

Prof. Oetzel has been a longtime member of AIB and has served in a variety of capacities over the years. Most recently, she was invited to serve on the Ethics Review Committee. She has also served as Co-Track Chair three times (for the 2009, 2018 and 2020 AIB meetings) and co-organized the 2016 Doctoral Consortium at the AIB Meeting in New Orleans. Prof. Oetzel was a member of the Alan M. Rugman Young Scholar Award Committee from 2014 – 2017. She chaired the committee in 2017. Currently, she serves as an Editorial Board Member for five journals including SMJ, JIBS, and JIBP and she was Associate Editor at Business & Society. She won Best Reviewer Awards from JIBS in 2018 and JIBP in 2020.