Professor Saul Estrin

Professor Saul Estrin

Emeritus Professor of Management Economics and Strategy

Department of Management

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Key Expertise
Institutions in emerging markets

About me

Saul ESTRIN is an emeritus Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy and was the founding Head of the Department of Management at LSE. He was formerly a Professor of Economics, and Associate Dean (Faculty and Research), at London Business School.  He also held the Adecco Professorship of Business and Society at London Business School and was the Research Director of its Centre for New and Emerging Markets. At LSE he is an Associate Fellow of the  Centre for Economic Performance and a Visiting Professor at the Marshall Institute. 

His research covers a range of subjects in international business and entrepreneurship, especially with reference to emerging and transition economies.  He has analysed issues including the relative performance of state owned and private firms; FDI entry mode; the impact of business group affiliation on internationalisation; and emerging market multinationals. Much of his research interest has been with contextualising the performance of international firms, especially with respect to institutions, both formal and informal. Most of his work is empirical, drawing on both archival data and surveys that he has been involved in collecting. He has published around 150 books and scholarly papers in these areas, in journals such as Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of International Business Policy, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Strategic Management Journal. He has also published a number of monographs and edited volumes, including on privatisation in transition economies as well as a best-selling microeconomics textbook. His work has had a significant research impact, with a Google cite count pf nearly 30,000.

Saul is a Fellow of the British Academy as well as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, an Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford as well as the IZA, Bonn and the DIW, Berlin. He has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Michigan Business School, Cornell University and the European University Institute. He is an Editor of Small Business Economics and has been on a number of important Editorial Boards of scholarly journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Comparative Economic Studies and the Journal of Business Venturing. He was President of European Association for Comparative Economic Systems, 2014-16.

He also has considerable practitioner experience. He was a non-executive Board member of Barings Asset Management, Emerging Markets Trust and a member of the Academic Panel of the UK postal regulator, Postcomm. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Union and OECD, DfID and NERA and to a number of major global companies, and he has taught a wide variety of senior executive programmes.

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Expertise Details

Institutions in emerging markets and their impact on foreign direct investment and entrepreneurial activity; state owned firms; business groups; social enterprises and internationalisation of firms in emerging markets; entrepreneurial finance