William Degbey

Associate Professor (tenure track)

School of Management, Human Resource Management
+358 29 449 8795
Wolffintie 34, 65200 Vaasa
Ankkuri 3.floor

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I am an Associate Professor of International Management at the University of Vaasa in Finland. I have previously worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at the Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland. I have also held teaching and research positions in Sweden (Linnaeus University) and in the USA (Stanford University, 2018 and Harvard University, forthcoming). Before joining academia, I worked in the financial services sector, specifically in mutual fund management (Ghana) and in the mobile telecom sector in Nokia (Finland).


I have taught courses on International Business and Management, Foundations of Economics, and Strategic Management at the Bachelor's and Master's Degree levels, over a 12-year teaching career starting from the Turku University of Applied Sciences. Presently, my teaching-related tasks at the University of Vaasa are situated within the Degree Programme of International Business, including courses such as cross-cultural management.


I am a member of the Human Resource Management Research Group. My current research interests focus on the human side of collaborative engagements in cross-border firm contexts. I have published over 25 articles in international journals and edited books, and I currently serve on the editorial boards of International Studies of Management & Organization, and the Journal of Knowledge Management as a review editor and regional editor respectively. My publication details can be located through these links: Google Scholar and Research Gate.

Most recent publications:

Ferraris A., Degbey W.Y., Singh S., Bresciani S., Castellano S., Fiano. F. and Couturier J. (2022) Microfoundations of strategic agility in emerging markets: Empirical evidence of Italian MNEs in India. Journal of World Business

Rodgers W., Degbey W.Y., Söderbom A. and Leijon S. (2022) Leveraging International R&D Teams of Portfolio Entrepreneurs and Management Controllers to Innovate: Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making. Journal of Business Research

Rodgers, W., Murray J. M., Stefanidis A., Degbey W.Y. and Tarba S.Y. (2022) An artificial intelligence algorithmic approach to ethical decision-making in human resource management processes. Human Resource Management Review

Pereira V., Temouri Y., Arslan A., Degbey W.Y. and Tarba S. (2022) Ambidextrous organizations in and from emerging markets—Editors' special issue introduction. Thunderbird International Business Review

Degbey W.Y. and Pelto E. (2021). Customer knowledge sharing in cross-border mergers and acquisitions: The role of customer motivation and promise management. Journal of International Management

Degbey W.Y., Rodgers P., Kromah M. and Weber Y. (2021). The impact of psychological ownership on employee retention in mergers and acquisitions, Human Resource Management Review.

Rodgers W., Yeung F., Odindo C. and Degbey W.Y. (2021). Artificial Intelligence-Driven Music Biometrics Influencing Customers' Retail Buying Behavior. Journal of Business Research.

Degbey W. Y., Eriksson T., Rodgers P. and Oguji N. (2021). Understanding cross?border mergers and acquisitions of African firms: The role of dynamic capabilities in enabling competitiveness amidst contextual constraints. Thunderbird International Business Review

Rodgers, W., Degbey W.Y., Housel T. and Arslan A. (2020). Microfoundations of collaborative networks: The impact of social capital formation and learning on investment risk assessment. Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Hughes P., Hughes M., Stokes P., Lee H., Rodgers P. and Degbey W. Y. (2020). Micro-foundations of organizational ambidexterity in the context of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Arslan A., Golgeci I., Haapanen L., Tarba S. Cooper C. and Degbey W.Y. (2020). Cause Related Marketing, Legitimacy and Internationalization of Professional Service Firms: Case Study of a Football Talent Scouting Micro-firm. International Marketing Review

Degbey W.Y. and Einola K. (2019). Resilience in Virtual Teams: Developing the Capacity to Bounce Back. Applied Psychology

Oguji N., Degbey W.Y. and Owusu R. A. (2018). International joint ventures research on Africa: A systematic literature review, propositions, and contextualization. Thunderbird International Business Review

Aklamanu A., Degbey W.Y. and Tarba S.Y. (2016). The Role of HRM and Social Capital Configuration for Knowledge Sharing in Post-M&A Integration: A Framework for Future Empirical Investigation. International Journal of Human Resource Management,

Degbey W.Y. (2015). Customer retention: A source of value for serial acquirers. Industrial Marketing Management

Publications and expert tasks

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