Dr Melanie Hassett

Lecturer in International Business

Room: D038a
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 0984
Email: melanie.hassett@sheffield.ac.uk
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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.


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. 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.


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.

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