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Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar

BA Delhi U., MIB IIFT, PhD Saint Louis U.
Head of Discipline and Director EMIRG

Rm 4137
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6438
Fax +61 2 9036 5378
vikas.kumar@sydney.edu.au
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Bio

Vikas Kumar is Head of Discipline and Associate Professor in the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. His previous appointments were at Bocconi University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, and as Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and Dunning Fellow at University of Reading. He is serving as a senior editor at the Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and was reviewing editor for the journal in 2016.

Vikas was representative-at-large for the Global Strategy Interest Group in the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and was co-chair for the Sydney SMS Special Conference in December, 2014. He was the program chair of the Australia New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) 2016 conference and is co-program chair for the Asia Academy of Management (AAOM) Conference in 2017. He is founding director of the Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School. Vikas is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, and Asia Academy of Management. He is on the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Management International Review and Global Strategy Journal.

Vikas is interested in studying the internationalization strategies employed by firms from emerging markets such as India. His research involves understanding the unique aspects of the institutional and cultural context of emerging markets and the influence context has on firm strategies. His research has been published in Journal of World Business, Global Strategy Journal, Management International Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Management and Long Range Planning among other journals in the field of international business and management. Vikas has co-edited a book on ‘Global outsourcing and offshoring’ published by Cambridge University Press and on ‘Emerging Market Firms’ published by Emerald.

Vikas received the inaugural Excellence in Research Award by the University of Sydney Business School in 2013. His co-authored research article on ‘Indian business groups’ in Corporate Governace: An International Review received the 2nd best paper award in 2009. In 2007, Vikas received the best reviewer award by the International Management Division at the Academy of Management. In a recent study by Yadong Luo and Huan Zhang published in the Journal of International Management, Vikas was ranked among the top 15 authors based on impact in the field of ‘emerging market firm internationalization’.

Research Interests

Vikas’ research explores the (i) the increasing competitiveness of emerging market firms, (ii) unique attributes of emerging market firm internationalization, and (iii) strategy of business groups. His recent work focuses on the interplay of institutions and firm strategy, social networks and internationalization as well as implications of speed of internationalization.  These research topics build on his previous lines of enquiry which dealt with (iv) performance implications of internationalization, (v) the impact of business group affiliation on firm performance and internationalization behaviour, and (vi) the role of outsourcing and offshoring in the internationalization process of firms. Vikas has pursued a majority of this research in the Indian context, as India presents a unique laboratory to test and build on existing international business, management and strategy theories.

2017

4
Journal Article/s

Purkayastha S, Kumar V and Lu J 2017 'Business group heterogeneity and the internationalization-performance relationship: Evidence from Indian business groups', Asia Pacific Journal of Management, vol.34:2, pp. 247-279 [Link]

Popli M, Akbar M, Kumar V and Gaur A 2017 'Performance Impact of Temporal Strategic Fit: Entrainment of Internationalization with Pro-Market Reforms', Global Strategy Journal, vol.7:4, pp. 354-374 [Link]

Ray P, Ray S and Kumar V 2017 Forthcoming 'Internationalization of latecomer firms from emerging economies - the role of resultant and autonomous learning', Asia Pacific Journal of Management [Link]

2016

2
Book Section/s

Uraidi N and Kumar V 2016 'Strategic Objectives' in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, ed. M. Augier and D.J. Teece, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom, pp. 1-4 [Link]

4
Journal Article/s

Nandkumar MK, Purkayastha S and Kumar V 2016 'Global Strategies for an Emergent India (Guest Editors’ Introduction)', International Studies of Management and Organization, vol.46:1, pp. 1-7 [Link]

Popli M and Kumar V 2016 'Jumping from Springboard? The Role of Marginal Cultural Distance in Cross-Border M&A Deal Completion', Thunderbird International Business Review, vol.58:6, pp. 527–36 [Link]

Popli M, Akbar M, Kumar V and Gaur A 2016 'Reconceptualizing cultural distance: The role of cultural experience reserve in cross-border acquisitions', Journal of World Business, vol.51:3, pp. 404-12 [Link]

Jain NK, Kothari T and Kumar V 2016 'Location Choice Research: Proposing New Agenda', Management International Review, vol.56:3, pp. 303-24 [Link]

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Contractor FJ, Kumar V and Dhanaraj C 2015 'Leveraging India: Global Interconnectedness and Locational Competitive Advantage', Management International Review, vol.55:2, pp. 159-79 [Link]

Stucchi T, Pedersen T and Kumar V 2015 'The Effect of Institutional Evolution on Indian Firms' Internationalization: Disentangling Inward- and Outward-Oriented Effects', Long Range Planning, vol.48:5, pp. 346-59 [Link]

Jain NK, Pangarkar N, Yuan L and Kumar V 2015 'Internationalization of Indian software firms through establishment of global development centers: A contingency perspective', Multinational Business Review, vol.23:2, pp. 90-110 [Link]

Riaz Z, Ray S, Ray PK and Kumar V 2015 'Disclosure practices of foreign and domestic firms in Australia', Journal of World Business, vol.50:4, pp. 781-92 [Link]

2014

2
Book Section/s

Karna A, Upadhyayula R and Kumar V 2014 'Strategic Archetypes of Emerging Market Multinationals: Analysis of Outward FDI of Indian Firms' in Advances in International Management, Volume 27: Orchestration of the Global Network Organization, ed. Torben Pedersen, Markus Venzin, Timothy M. Devinney, Laszlo Tihanyi, Emerald, London, United Kingdom, pp. 325-47 [Link]

Pattnaik C and Kumar V 2014 'Emerging Market Firms in the Global Economy: An Overview' in International Finance Review vol 15: Emerging Market Firms in the Global Economy, ed. Chinmay Pattnaik & Vikas Kumar, Emerald, London, United Kingdom, pp. xv-xxii [Link]

3
Edited Book/s

Pattnaik C and Kumar V 2014 'International Finance Review vol 15: Emerging Market Firms in the Global Economy', Emerald, London, United Kingdom, pp. 260 [Link]

4
Journal Article/s

Gaur AS, Kumar V and Singh D 2014 'Institutions, resources and internationalization of emerging economy firms', Journal of World Business, vol.49:1, pp. 12-20 [Link]

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Kumar V, Mudambi R and Gray SJ 2013 'Internationalization, Innovation and Institutions: The 3 I’s Underpinning the Competitiveness of Emerging Market Firms', Journal of International Management, vol.19:3, pp. 203-6 [Link]

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Lahiri S and Kumar V 2012 'Ranking International Business Institutions and Faculty Members using Research Publication as the Measure: Update and Extension of Prior Research', Management International Review, vol.52:3, pp. 317-40 [Link]

Kumar V, Gaur AS and Pattnaik C 2012 'Product Diversification and International Expansion of Business Groups: Evidence from India', Management International Review, vol.52:2, pp. 175-92 [Link]

2011

2
Book Section/s

Contractor FJ, Kumar V, Kundu S and Pedersen T 2011 'Global Outsourcing and Offshoring: In Search of the Optimal Configuration of a Company' in Global Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Corporate Strategy, ed. Farok J Contractor, Vikas Kumar, Sumit K Kundu S & Torben Pedersen, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 3-47

Kumar V and Annushkina O 2011 'Entry Modes and Dynamics' in Doing Business in India: Building research-based practice, ed. P Budhawar and A Verma, Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 103-21

Gaur AS, Kumar V and Sarathy R 2011 'Liability of Foreignness and Internationalisation of Emerging Market Firms' in Advances in International Management, Vol. 24 - Dynamics of Globalization: Location-Specific Advantages or Liabilities of Foreignness?, ed. Christian Geisler Asmussen, Torben Pedersen, Timothy M. Devinney and Laszlo Tihanyi, Emerald, London, United Kingdom, pp. 211-33

Kumar V 2011 'Introduction: What is International Business? – Closing Case: Welspun Group: Riding the Globalization Wave' in International Business (Australasian edition), ed. Cavusgil T, Knight G, Riesenberger J, Rammal H and Freeman S, Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, Australia

3
Edited Book/s

Contractor FJ, Kumar V, Kundu SK and Pedersen T 2011 'Global Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Integrated Approach to Theory and Corporate Strategy', ed. Farok J Contractor, Vikas Kumar, Sumit K Kundu S & Torben Pedersen, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom

2010

2
Book Section/s

Gaur A and Kumar V 2010 'Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms: A Case for Theoretical Extension' in The Past, Present and Future of International Business & Management (Advances in International Management - Volume 23), ed. Timothy Devinney, Torben Pedersen and Laszlo Tihanyi, Emerald Publishing Group Ltd, Bingley, United Kingdom, pp. 603-627

4
Journal Article/s

Contractor FJ, Kumar V, Kundu SK and Pedersen T 2010 'Reconceptualizing the Firm in a World of Outsourcing and Offshoring: The Organizational and Geographical Relocation of High-Value Company Functions', Journal of Management Studies, vol.47:8, pp. 1417-1433

Chao MC and Kumar V 2010 'The Impact of Institutional Distance on the International Diversity-Performance Relationship', Journal of World Business, vol.45:1, pp. 93-103

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Gaur AS and Kumar V 2009 'International Diversification, Business Group Affiliation and Firm Performance: Empirical Evidence from India', British Journal of Management, vol.20:2, pp. 172-86

Zattoni A, Pedersen T and Kumar V 2009 'The Performance of Group-affiliated Firms during Institutional Transition: A Longitudinal Study of Indian Firms', Corporate Governance: An International Review, vol.17:4, pp. 510-23

11
Seminar Paper/s

Kumar V 2009 'Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms, Workshop on MNCs from Emerging Economies, University of Melbourne, Australia, 25 September 2009

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Kumar V 2008 'Debate: Does Nationality Still Matter?', European Business Forum, vol.32:Spring, pp. 23-4

Kundu SK, Kumar V and Peters SD 2008 'Impact of Ownership and Location Factors on Service Multinationals’ Internalization', Service Industries Journal, vol.28:5, pp. 1-14

Kumar V and Singh N 2008 'Internationalization and Performance of Indian Pharmaceutical Firms', Thunderbird International Business Review, vol.50:5, pp. 321-30

Venzin M, Kumar V and Kleine J 2008 'Internationalization of Retail Banks: A Micro-Level Study of Multinationality-Performance Relationship', Management International Review, vol.48:4, pp. 463-85

2007

2
Book Section/s

Kumar V and Gaur AS 2007 'Internationalization of Indian Firms: Regionalization Patterns and Impact on Performance' in Research in Global Strategic Management: Regional Aspects of Multinationality and Performance, Vol 13, ed. A. Rugman, Elsevier

Dubini P, Annushkina O and Kumar V 2007 'L’attrazione di investimenti stranieri in Italia: gli investimenti provenienti dall’estremo oriente' in L’attrattivita’ del sistema paese: Attrazione di investimenti e creazione di relazioni, ed. P. Dubini, il Sole 24

4
Journal Article/s

Contractor FJ, Kumar V and Kundu SK 2007 'Nature of the Relationship between International Expansion and Performance: The Case of Emerging Market Firms', Journal of World Business, vol.42:4, pp. 401-17

2006

2
Book Section/s

Amine LS and Kumar V 2006 'Coke and Pepsi Learn to Compete in India' in International Marketing, ed. Philip R. Cateora and John L Graham , McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York, United States, pp. 610-5

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Singh N, Kumar V and Baack D 2005 'Adaptation of Cultural Content: Evidence from B2C E-Commerce Firms', European Journal of Marketing, vol.39:1/2, pp. 71-86

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Kumar V and Kwon IK 2004 'A Pilot Study on Normalized Weighted Approach to Citation Study – A Case of Logistics and Transportation Journals', International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, vol.34:10, pp. 811-26

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2004 'Ranking the International Business Schools: Faculty Publication as the Measure', Management International Review, vol.44:2, pp. 213-28

Recent Units Taught

  • IBUS5003 Global Business

    2017: S1, S2,
    2016: S2,
    2015: S1, S2,

  • IBUS6022 Business and Management in India

    2015: S1, S2,

Newsroom articles

  • How East Asia's cities will change the world 01 Feb 2017

    In The Black

    Vikas Kumar was quoted in, In The Black, about the impact of growing populations in East Asia’s cities.

  • The future of India's street typists 10 Mar 2014

    ABC News The Business

    Dr Vikas Kumar was interviewed on how with the rise of technology and digital call centres thousands of Indian typists who use typewriters are facing extinction.

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