Dr Melanie Hassett


Management School

Lecturer in International Business

Melanie Hassett.
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Dr Melanie Hassett
Management School
Room D038a
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

I joined Sheffield University Management School in September 2016 to work as a Lecturer in International Business.

My doctoral thesis was on "Key persons' organisational commitment in cross-border acquisitions" and I was awarded my doctoral degree in 2010 at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku in Finland.

My doctoral research is based on a longitudinal case study employing a mixed method approach to analyse 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 fifteen years of experience in international M&As through a number of research projects, some which involved a number of companies and research partners.

I have published my work in numerous books and journals, and organised workshops and seminars for professionals and students.


Dr - University of Turku

MSc - University of Turku

FHEA, SFHEA - University of Sheffield

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. My research interest is on the human side, such as emotions and change management, in international business strategy (M&A) and more recently in SME internationalisation.

My research expertise also lies in research methods, particularly qualitative research methods, longitudinal, case study and mixed method approaches. This is reflected in a book, namely “Handbook in Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies”, published by Edward Elgar in 2013, as well as an article on time, which was published in Management International Review in 2016 “TEMPUS FUGIT – A hermeneutic approach to internationalization process”. Currently, I am a co-editor in a Special Issue on “When Time Matters: Rethinking the Role of Time in IB Theory and Practice” to the Journal of World Business.



Edited books

  • Raitis J, Harikkala-Laihinen R, Hassett ME & Nummela N (Eds.) (2018) Socio-Cultural Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions The Nordic Approach. Palgrave Pivot. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Hassett M, Hurmerinta L & Paavilainen-Mäntymäki E (2024) Multitemporality in IB fieldwork – defining the temporality of the phenomenon, informants and researcher. “International Business in Evolution: Disruptions, Transformations and New Internationalisation Trends” RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hassett M & He Y (2024) Subsidiaries’ local network embedding processes - Focus on Chinese Sales subsidiaries in the UK electronic market. “International Business in Evolution: Disruptions, Transformations and New Internationalisation Trends” RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zuo P, Hassett M & Jones M (2023) Social Capital Application in International Entrepreneurship: A Critical Literature Review. International Business Resilience under Global Disruptions RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hassett M, Paavilainen-Mantymaki E & Hurmerinta L (2023) A Paradigmatic approach to time in IB research – Ontological, epistemological and methodological considerations. "International Business Resilience under Global Disruptions", 5 July 2023 - 9 July 2023. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Paavilainen-Mäntymäki E, Hassett ME & Hurmerinta L (2017) Temporal Paradigm- Obtaining new insights about the internationalisation process of the firm.. Speed, Diversity & Complexity in International Entrepreneurship, 30 August 2017 - 1 September 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hassett ME, Harikkala-Laihinen R, Nummela N & Raitis J (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. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zsuzsanna Vincze ZV, Hassett ME, Niina Nummela NN & Peter Zettinig PZ (2016) Challenges, Competitive Advantages and Opportunities of M&As from India - Overcoming Liability of Foreigness. 42nd Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Riikka Harikkala-Laihinen RHL, Hassett ME, Niina Nummela NN & Johanna Raitis JR (2016) Cultural Integration through Value Socialisation Following Cross-Border M&As. 42nd Annual Conference of European International Business Academy RIS download Bibtex download
  • Reynolds N & Hassett M () What does Sustainability mean for M&A. 36th EGOS Colloqium, 2 July 2020 - 3 July 2020. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group
Date Grant Value

QR Allocation for Evidence-Based Policy-Making funding Internationalisation Confidence Project

Focus India Growth Champions Scheme (ICP: FIGCS)


SUMS Research Stimulation Fund Workshop

“A Future Past? Managerial Understanding of the Future UK – India Bilateral Investment Relationship”

2018 SUMS Research Engagement Fund £750

Department for International Trade

In relation to SUMS Research Engagement Fund

2018 SUMS Research Stimulation Fund £1500

Society for the Advancement of Management Sciences (SAMS)

Sandpit SMEs Going Global

2016 SUMS Research Stimulation Fund £1000

TEKES - Finland

EmoMA research project (Emotions in M&As – Managing emotions in global virtual world)

400 000 € (£345 220)
Teaching interests

I have been teaching students across undergraduate, postgraduate and PGR levels. I am a passionate lecturer who puts the student at the heart of the teaching experience. I strive to enable students to reflect on their learning, and critically analyse how to apply theories and concepts in real life cases. Learning is a journey, and my role is to inspire students, encourage them to be curious but critical. Research based teaching is not only about grounding what I teach in the most recent, cutting edge research but also allowing students to learn by doing small research projects of their own.

Teaching activities

I have been a module leader for MGT6052 International Business Strategy and have also taught MGT376 International Business. I have been the Programme Director of MSc International Management and the Director for Postgraduate Education.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition socio-cultural integration and internationalisation strategies of MNEs and SMEs.