Dr Melanie Hassett
Lecturer in International Business
Director of Postgraduate Education
+44 114 222 0984
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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.
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.
- 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.
- The role of sustainability agency in mergers and acquisitions, Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency (pp. 248-259).
- Finding Positivity in a Merger of Equals, Managing Emotions in Organizations (pp. 19-50). Springer International Publishing
- 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
- 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
Date Grant Value 2020
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”
£2500 2018 SUMS Research Engagement Fund £750 2018
Department for International Trade
In relation to SUMS Research Engagement Fund
£1125 2018 SUMS Research Stimulation Fund £1500 2017
Society for the Advancement of Management Sciences (SAMS)
Sandpit SMEs Going Global
£2500 2016 SUMS Research Stimulation Fund £1000 2014
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.