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Professor Saul Estrin

Professor of Management and Deputy Head of Department (Strategy and Resources)

Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group


Saul Estrin is a Professor of Management and founding Head of Department. He was formerly Adecco Professor of Business and Society at London Business School where he was the Research Director of the Centre for New and Emerging Markets and Director of the CIS Middle Europe Centre. Saul was also Deputy Dean (Faculty and Research) at London Business School for six years as well as briefly Acting Dean and a School governor for eight years.  

Professor Estrin’s main areas of research are emerging markets, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and international business issues.  He has published more than one hundred papers in scholarly journals as well as numerous chapters and reports.  His research interests have included transition economies, notably Central Europe and China where he studied privatization and company restructuring, and the BRICs where he explored the relationship between their institutions and their growth. He has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Michigan Business School, Cornell University and the European University Institute. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn (IZA).  He is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University. 

Professor Estrin also has considerable practitioner experience. He was for twelve years a non-executive director of Barings Emerging Markets and was also a member of the Academic Panel of the postal regulator, Postcomm. He has taught on customised executive programmes for a large number of major companies including BA, BT, Lloyds TSB, Marks and Spencer, Vauxhall, Powergen, Deutsche Bank, ING Barings, Swedbank and ABN-AMRO Bank. He has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, EBRD, OECD,  as well as a variety of companies.

Research interests

  • Business opportunities in emerging markets
  • Privatisation
  • Transition economics and economic development
  • Private sector development
  • Foreign direct investment into transition economies
  • Investment strategies in emerging markets
  • Privatisation in central and eastern Europe
  • Labour and industrial economics
  • Competition and foreign direct investment

Recent publications

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