Dr Melanie Hassett
Director of Postgraduate Education
Lecturer in International Business
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Sheffield University Management School
I joined Sheffield University Management School in September 2016 to work as a Lecturer in International Business.
Prior to this I was a post-doctoral researcher at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku in Finland, where I was coordinating externally funded research projects on international Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), taught a postgraduate module on international M&As and supervised doctoral students.
I defended my doctoral dissertation in Economics and Business Administration in 2009 at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku in Finland.
My doctoral dissertation is based on a longitudinal case study employing a mixed method approach to analyze the acquired key personnel’s organisational commitment during the post-acquisition integration phase for a two-year time period.
I received the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards 2011 – Highly Commended. I have over ten years of experience in international M&As through a number of research projects, some which involved a number of companies.
I am very interested in cross-cultural management and internationalisation in general.
- Research interests
My research interest lies in internationalization strategies, particularly cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), post-acquisition socio-cultural integration and organisational change, emotions and cultural differences.
Currently my research focuses on emotions in M&As and M&As from emerging economies, particularly India. I am also very interested in research methods particularly qualitative research methods, longitudinal, case study and mixed method approaches.
- Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- The emotions of top managers and key persons in cross-border M&As: Evidence from a longitudinal case study. International Business Review, 27(4), 737-754. View this article in WRRO
- Dialogue as a source of positive emotions during cross-border post-acquisition socio-cultural integration. Cross Cultural & Strategic Management. View this article in WRRO
- TEMPUS FUGIT: A hermeneutic approach to the internationalization process. Management International Review, 56(6), 805-825.
- Sociocultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions: Unresolved Paradoxes and Directions for Future Research. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55(4), 333-356.
- Emotions and Virtual Teams in Cross-border Acquisitions Abstract Notes Acknowledgment, Individual, Relational, and Contextual Dynamics of Emotions (pp. 163-187).
- Emotions and Virtual Teams in Cross-border Acquisitions In Petitta L, Härtel CEJ, Ashkanasy NM & Zerbe WJ (Ed.), Individual, Relational, and Contextual Dynamics of Emotions (pp. 163-187). Emerald Publishing Limited
- A New Research Agenda for Managing Socio-Cultural Integration In Raitis J, Harikkala-Laihinen R, Hassett M & Nummela N (Ed.), Socio-Cultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions - The Nordic Approach (pp. 1-16). Cham: Palgrave Pivot. View this article in WRRO
- Conclusions: How to Achieve Socio-Cultural Integration, Socio-Cultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 119-124). Springer International Publishing
- Finding Positivity During a Major Organizational Change: In Search of Triggers of Employees’ Positive Perceptions and Feelings In Zerbe WJ, Härtel CEJ, Ashkanasy N & Petitta L (Ed.), Emotions and Identity (pp. 3-16). Emerald
- Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions from India: Motives and Integration Strategies of Indian Acquirers, Value Creation in International Business (pp. 109-139). Springer International Publishing
- Creating Value in Cross-Border M&As through Strategic Network In Tüselmann H, Buzdugan S, Cao Q, Freund D & Golesorkhi S (Ed.), Impact of International Business Challenges and Solutions for Policy and Practice (pp. 158-177). Palgrave Macmillan
- Organisational Commitment in Acquisitions, Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 19-38). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
- Organisational Commitment in Acquisitions Foot notes, Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 19-38).
- The Routledge Companion to Mergers and Acquisitions Routledge
- Dealing with unpredictability and change in longitudinal studies of organisations: a priori versus progressive focusing approach (pp. 271-294). Edward Elgar Publishing
- Longitudinal research in organizations: an introduction (pp. 1-22). Edward Elgar Publishing
- The role of agency in Sustainability in M&A transactions In Teerikangas S, Onkila T, Koistinen K & Makela M (Ed.), Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Conference proceedings papers
- View this article in WRRO Temporal Paradigm- Obtaining new insights about the internationalisation process of the firm.. Speed, Diversity & Complexity in International Entrepreneurship, 30 August 2017 - 1 September 2017.
- Emotions in cross-border acquisitions – Perspectives from the parent company. Contemporary Issues in International Business - Are we seeing the tail end of Globalisation, 6 April 2017 - 8 April 2017.
- Challenges, Competitive Advantages and Opportunities of M&As from India - Overcoming Liability of Foreigness. 42nd Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy
- Cultural Integration through Value Socialisation Following Cross-Border M&As. 42nd Annual Conference of European International Business Academy
- What does Sustainability mean for M&A. 36th EGOS Colloqium, 2 July 2020 - 3 July 2020.
- Research group
- Teaching interests
Globalisation and the international business environment offer fascinating research phenomena and exciting examples, which are reflected in my teaching.
I see my role as a facilitator of student learning, and I believe deep learning is based on positive student experience and student engagement.
I really enjoy working with my students, and encourage active student involvement in the classroom using various tools and methods. While this involves large-scale lectures when necessary, it also involves tutorial groups and individual supervision.
I believe in research-led teaching and incorporate this into my teaching practice through, for example, the use of contemporary case studies and findings from my own research.
- Teaching activities
I am the module leader for a postgraduate module MGT6052 International Business Strategy, and I contribute to teaching of undergraduate modules MGT231 Business Strategy and MGT 376 International Business.
- PhD Supervision
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:
- International mergers and acquisitions
- Post-acquisition integration and socio-cultural integration
- Internationalisation (SMEs and MNEs)
- Emotions, social capital, informal networks in the context of internationalisation and/or mergers and acquisitions