Dr Melanie Hassett

Management School

Director of Postgraduate Education

Lecturer in International Business

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+44 114 222 0984

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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.

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.



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

  • 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
    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