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BIRHANU Addis Gedefaw

Addis Gedefaw BIRHANU

Assistant Professor

The focus of my current research and teaching interests are non-market strategies, and corporate governance across different institutional settings, and the interplay between these firm antecedents and institutional changes on firm performance and competitiveness.


2015: Ph.D. in Business Administration and Management, Bocconi University, Italy  

2005: Masters of Arts in Regional and Local Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia  

2001: Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Management and Public Administration, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia


August 2014: Distinguished Student Paper Award for 'Affiliation with Business groups: Strategizing or

Economizing Mechanism? Evidence from the Arab Spring', BPS Division, AoM Annual Meeting,


October 2013: Best PhD Conference Paper Award, SMS Conference, Atlanta

September 2013-August 2014: Competitive PhD Research Grant, Bocconi University

November 2011: Dean's Fellowship, Abravanel-D’Agnese Doctoral Research Fund, 8000€

September 2010- August 2013: Cariplo Merit Doctoral Scholarship, Fondazione Cariplo


Since September 2015, Assistant Professor in the Department of Strategy and Organization, EMLYON Business school, Lyon, France
2014: Lecturer, graduate program, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
2012-2014: Teaching Assistant, graduate programs, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
2005-2009: Lecturer, undergraduate programs, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
2001-2003: Graduate assistant, undergraduate programs, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Scientific CommitteesTop

Editorial Review Board of Strategic Management Journal since November 2015

Ad hoc reviewer for the journal of Industrial and Corporate change, and European Management Review


Research and teaching firm non-market strategy, Corporate governance, and International business


Academy of Management

Strategic Management Society


Consortium for Cooperation and Competition, CCC

Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics, DRUID

Courses taughtTop

Strategic management (PG41): Master Program 

Research in Social Sciences (RECAPSS): Premaster program  

Techniques for innovation: Graduate program  

Strategy, Organization behavior, and Entrepreneurship and small business management: Undergraduate programs

Research InterestTop

Firm non-market strategies in emerging economies, Corporate governance, and International business

Communications & SeminarsTop

EURAM, Paris, June, 2016

Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August, 2014

Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), Copenhagen, June, 2014

Ethics, Technology and Organizational Innovation Conference, ETH Zürich, January, 2014

Annual Strategic Management Conference, Atlanta, October, 2013

Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (SEI), Doctoral Consortium, Imperial College,

London, September, 2013

BPS Dissertation Consortium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando,

August, 2013

 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Orlando, August, 2013

Doctoral Students’ Consortium, Consortium for Cooperation and Competition (CCC),

Kansas City, March, 2013

Academy of Management Africa Conference, Johannesburg, January, 2013

Annual Strategic Management Conference, Prague, October, 2012