A Strategic Global Win: Professor Named One of World’s Most Prolific International Strategic Management Researchers

By Ed Moorhouse

Rakesh Sambharya

Rakesh Sambharya

Rakesh Sambharya, a professor of management and international business at Rutgers University–Camden, has been identified as one of the most prolific researchers in the field of international strategic management by Management International Review.

Sambharya, a resident of Lansdale, Pa., was named among 42 of the most prominent researchers in this field according to a bibliometric study that drew from more than 700 published works in international strategic management from 2000 to 2013.

Management International Review is a double-blind refereed journal that aims at the advancement and dissemination of research in the field of international management. The journal publishes research that builds or extends international management theory so that it can contribute to international management practice.

Sambharya says the honor is a validation of many years of hard work.

“It’s good to be on that list,” the Rutgers–Camden scholar says. “I was a little surprised. This is acknowledgement from my peers that I belong in the upper echelon of researchers. It’s a good feeling and a great honor.”

Sambharya came to the Rutgers School of Business–Camden as an assistant professor of management in 1990 and served as an associate dean of the School of Business from 2008 to 2015. Prior to Rutgers–Camden, he was an assistant professor of management at the College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.

Sambharya’s research interests include the automobile industry, international business issues and strategy, and management policy. He is the author of numerous articles in publications like the Strategic Management Journal, Management International Review, and the Journal of International Business Studies.

“It’s appealing to me to work at the intersection of two fields and bring the strategy component into international business,” Sambharya says. “They are two separate, but interrelated fields and there is a lot of cross-pollination of knowledge. We live in a global society, so the more we understand how international business works, the better.”

The article that identifies Sambharya and his research peers as the best in the field is titled, “Trends in International Strategic Management Research from 2000 to 2013: Text Mining and Bibliometric Analyses” and was published in November 2015 in the Management International Review. It was written to serve as a resource for future research “by shedding light on how trends in international strategic management research have evolved over time.” The analysis shows a substantial increase in the volume of articles published in the field over the 13-year period.

Sambharya, the author of six published articles during that timeframe, earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Pune in Pune, India; his master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India; and his doctoral degree from Temple University.

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