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Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar

BA Delhi U., MIB IIFT, PhD Saint Louis U.
Associate Professor and Director EMIRG

Rm 437
H10 - Storie Dixson Wing
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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

Bio

Vikas is Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy in the Discipline of International Business at the University of Sydney Business School. From 2004 to 2009 he was Assistant Professor of International Business and Strategy in the Department of Management at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and a Senior Lecturer at University of Sydney from 2009 to 2011. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) at Stanford University from 2008 to 2009. Vikas has been appointed as the John H. Dunning Visiting Scholar at the Henley Business School, University of Reading for 2012-213. He has been elected as the Representative-at-large (2013-14) for the Global Strategy Interest Group in the Strategic Management Society. He obtained his doctoral degree in International Business in 2004 from the Boeing Institute of International Business, John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.

Vikas's research interests are in the areas of Internationalization, Emerging Market Firms, Emerging Markets, Business Groups, and Outsourcing/Offshoring. His research has been published in premier international business/management journals such as Journal of Management Studies (JMS), Management International Review (MIR), Coprorate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), Journal of World Business (JWB), British Journal of Management (BJM), European Journal of Marketing (EJM), and Thunderbird International Business Review (TIBR). He is co-guest editor of the special issue on 'Offshoring and Outsourcing of High Value Company Functions' in JMS (2010). Vikas is currently co-guest editing a special issue in the Journal of International Management (2012) on 'Emerging Market Firm Competitiveness' and one in MIR (2013) on 'Leveraging India: Strategies for Global Competitiveness'. Vikas serves on the Editorial Review Board of JMS, MIR, TIBR and the Global Strategy Journal (GSJ). He is the director of the Emerging Market Internationalization Research Group (EMIRG) at the University of Sydney Business School.

Vikas has taught International Business/Strategy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has also been involved in Executive training and teaching international management modules to Executive MBAs at SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is memeber of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, Australia-New Zealand International Business Academy, and the Indian Academy of Management. He has been a regular contributor to the above Academies as presenter, discussant, reviewer, chair, and panel organizer. Vikas received the Best Reviewer Award from the International Management Division at the Academy of Management Conference, 2007. His co-authored paper "The performance of group-affiliated firms during institutional transition: A longitudinal study of Indian firms", in 2009 won CGIR's Best Paper 'Runner Up' Award.

Newsroom articles

  • 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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Publications

2014

1
Book/s

Pattnaik C and Kumar V 2014 Forthcoming 'International Finance Review vol 15: Emerging Market Firms in the Global Economy', Emerald, London, United Kingdom

2
Book Section/s

Karna A, Upadhyayula R and Kumar V 2014 Forthcoming 'Strategic Archetypes of Emerging Market Multinationals: Analysis of Outward FDI of Indian Firms' in Advances in International Management vol 27: Orchestration of the Global Network Organization, Emerald, London, United Kingdom

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

Nandkumar MK, Purkayastha S and Kumar V 2014 Forthcoming 'Global Strategies for an Emergent India', International Studies of Management and Organization

5
Conference Paper/s

Jain N, Celo S and Kumar V 2014 Forthcoming 'Rapid Internationalization and Firm Performance: Evidence From the Largest Indian Software Service Firms', 34th Strategic Management Society SMS Annual International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 23rd September 2014

Popli M, Kumar V and Akhbar M 2014 'Cultural Friction and the Role of Effective Cultural Distance in Cross-border M&A Deal Abandonment', 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, United States, 5th August 2014

Bruton G, Kumar V and Gaur AS 2014 'Drivers of Speed of Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms', 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, United States, 5th August 2014

Kumar V, Karna A and Upadhyayula R 2014 'Strategic Archetypes of Emerging Market Multinationals: Outward FDI Analysis of Indian Firms', Academy of International Business 2014 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 26th June 2014

Lu J, Purkayastha S and Kumar V 2014 'Diversification and Performance of Business Groups from Emerging Markets: The Moderating Role of Ownership', Academy of International Business 2014 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 26th June 2014

Stucchi T, Pedersen T and Kumar V 2014 'The effect of institutional evolution on Indian firms’ internationalization', Academy of International Business 2014 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 26th June 2014

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Purkayastha S, Kumar V and Lu J 2013 'Does Business Group Heterogeneity Effect its Internationalization? Evidence from India', 33rd Annual Strategic Management Society SMS 2013 Conference – “Strategy and Sustainability”, Atlanta, United States, 1st October 2013

Popli M, Akbar M and Kumar V 2013 'Persistence of Superior Financial Performance: Impact of Internationalization and Its Entrainment with Institutional Reforms', 73rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - "Capitalism in Question", Orlando, United States, 13th August 2013

Purkayastha S, Kumar V and Lu J 2013 'Business Group Heterogeneity and the internationalization – performance relationship: Evidence from Indian business groups', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting AIB 2013 – “Bridging the Divide: Linking IB to Complementary Disciplines and Practice”, Istanbul, Turkey, 6th July 2013

Riaz Z, Ray S, Kumar V and Ray P 2013 'The effect of globalisation on disclosure level of director and executive remuneration in Australia', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting AIB 2013 – “Bridging the Divide: Linking IB to Complementary Disciplines and Practice”, Istanbul, Turkey, 6th July 2013

Popli M, Akbar M and Kumar V 2013 'Persistence of Superior Financial Performance: Impact of Internationalization and Its Entrainment with Institutional Reforms', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting AIB 2013 – “Bridging the Divide: Linking IB to Complementary Disciplines and Practice”, Istanbul, Turkey, 6th July 2013

Zahid R, Ray S, Kumar V and Ray P 2013 'The Disclosure Practices of Foreign Corporations in Australia: An Empirical Investigation', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy ANZIBA Conference 2013 – “New Insights into Operating Across Borders: From Traditional to Emerging Markets”, Sydney, Australia, 20th April 2013

Kumar V 2013 'Ownership Advantages and Dynamic Capabilities: Emerging Market Firm Perspective', UNCTAD International Business Conference – “Global value chains, dynamic capabilities and MNE motives”, University of Reading, United Kingdom, 9th April 2013

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V, Bruton G and Gaur A 2012 'Strategic Change in Emerging Economy Firm Internationalization', 32nd Annual Strategic Management Society SMS 2012 Conference – “Strategy in Transition”, Prague, Czech Republic, 9th October 2012

Kumar V and Chari M 2012 'Leveraging India: Strategies for Global Competitiveness', Caucus at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting AOM 2012 - “The Informal Economy”, Boston, United States, 7th August 2012

Kumar V, Pedersen T, Stuchhi T and Kundu S 2012 'Business Groups, Internationalization and Institutional Change: Evidence from India', Academy of International Business AIB 2012 Annual Meeting - "Rethinking the Roles of Business, Government and NGOs in the Global Economy", Washington DC, United States, 3rd July 2012

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Kumar V, Pedersen T and Kundu S 2012 'Does Business Group Affiliation Aid or Deter Firm Internationalization?', Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy Conference ANZIBA 2012 - "Fusion or Fracturing? Implications for International Business", Adelaide, Australia, 14th April 2012

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V, Bruton G and Gaur AS 2011 'Learning and Strategic Change in the Internationalization of Emerging Economy Firms', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Sarathy R and Kumar V 2011 'Emerging Market Firms and Liability of Foreignness', 71st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management AoM 2011 - "West meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, and Transcending", San Antonio, United States, 16th August 2011

Kumar V, Gaur AS and Pattnaik C 2011 'International Expansion and Product Diversification of Emerging Market Business Groups', Academy of International Business AIB 2011 Annual Meeting - "International Business for Sustainable World Development", Nagoya, Japan, 28th June 2011

Kumar V, Gaur AS and Sarathy R 2011 'Liability of Foreignness and Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy ANZIBA Conference 2011 – “Challenges for International Business in a Turbulent Global Environment”, Melbourne, Australia, 30th April 2011

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V, Pedersen T, Kundu SK and Jain NK 2010 'Business Group Affiliation: Boon or Bane in Emerging Economy Firm Internationalization', 30th Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society SMS 2010 - "Strategic Management at the Crossroads", Rome, Italy, 15th September 2010

Gaur AS and Kumar V 2010 'Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms: A Case for Theoretical Extension', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2010 - "Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research", Montreal, Canada, 10th August 2010

Kumar V and Gaur AS 2010 'Emerging Economy Firm Internationalization: Changing International Operating Strategy of INVs', Academy of International Business AIB Annual Meeting 2010 - "International Business in Tough Times", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 29th June 2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Kumar V, Annushkina O and Dubini P 2010 'What drives firms to internationalize from emerging to developed economies? A qualitative study of European and Asian firms', Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy ANZIBA Conference 2010 - "Global Business and Sustainable Development", Sydney, Australia, 17th April 2010

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Gaur AS, Singh D and Kumar V 2009 'Resources, Institutions and Internationalization Process of Emerging Market Firms', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2009 - "Green Management Matters", Chicago, United States, 11th August 2009

Gaur AS, Singh D and Kumar V 2009 'Internationalization Process of Emerging Market Firms: Analyzing the Shift from Exports to FDI', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting AIB 2009, San Diego, United States, 30th June 2009

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Gaur AS, Kumar V and Singh D 2009 'Strategic Shift from Exports to FDI in the Internationalization of Emerging Economy Firms', Proceedings of the 35th European International Business Academy EIBA Annual Conference 2009, Valencia, Spain, 15th December 2009

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Jain NK, Kumar V, Kundu SK and Zahra S 2008 'The Limits of Our Knowledge: Competing in Emerging Markets', Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting 2008, Cologne, Germany, 15th October 2008

Kumar V, Pedersen T, Jain NK and Kundu SK 2008 'Business Group Affiliation and the Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2008, Anaheim, United States, 13th August 2008

Jain NK, Kumar V and Kundu SK 2008 'Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms: Search for New Direction', Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2008, Anaheim, United States, 13th August 2008

Kumar V, Pedersen T, Jain NK and Kundu SK 2008 'Business Group Affiliation and the Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting AIB 2008, Milan, Italy, 3rd July 2008

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Chao MC-H and Kumar V 2007 'The Impacts of Institutional Distance and Home Country Economic Openness on the Relationship between International Diversity and Firm Performance', European International Business Academy Annual Conference, Catania, Italy, 15th December 2007

Kumar V, Jain NK and Kundu SK 2007 'Ownership Type and Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms', EAMSA Annual Conference 2007, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 30th November 2007

Contractor FJ, Kumar V and Kundu SK 2007 'Debate: Is there a General Theory of Internationalization and Performance? Yes, Virginia, there is one (Showcase panel co-sponsored by the IMD, BPS, OMT divisions)', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, United States, 8th August 2007

Contractor FJ, Kumar V and Kundu SK 2007 'Debate: Is there a General Theory of Internationalization and Performance? Yes, Virginia, there is one', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, United States, 28th June 2007

Kumar V and Singh N 2007 'Internationalization and Performance of Indian Pharmaceutical Firms', Academy of International Business (UK & Ireland) Annual Meeting, London, United Kingdom, 14th April 2007

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V and Chao MC-H 2006 'The Multinationality-Performance Relationship: An Institutional Theory Perspective', Fourth Annual Academy of International Business (AIB)/Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) Conference on Emerging Research Frontiers in International Business, San Diego, United States, 2nd December 2006

Venzin M, Kumar V and Kleine J 2006 'Internationalization of Retail Banks: A Micro-level Study of the Multinationality-Performance Relationship', Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Vienna, Australia, 1st November 2006

Gaur AS and Kumar V 2006 'International Diversification, Firm Performance and Business Group Affiliation: Empirical Evidence from India', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, United States, 16th August 2006

Gaur AS, Singh D and Kumar V 2006 'Resource Based View and Export Performance of Emerging Market Firms', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Beijing, China, 26th June 2006

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Gaur AS and Kumar V 2005 'Role of Business Group Affiliation on International Diversification-Firm Performance Relationship', Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, United States, 1st January 2005-31st December 2005

Kundu SK, Kumar V and Peters S 2005 'The Impact of Ownership and Location Factors on the Internationalization of Service Transnationals into Transition Economies: An Empirical Study', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, 1st January 2005-31st December 2005

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

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V and Kwon IK 2004 'Inter-linkages between Marketing and Supply Chain Management: A Citation Based Analysis', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, 1st January 2004-31st December 2004

Kumar V 2004 'Social Network and Knowledge Transfer', European International Business Academy Annual Meeting, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1st January 2004-31st December 2004

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2004 'The Impact of Country-level Institutional Context on the Relationship between Multinationality and Firm Performance', Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1st January 2004-31st December 2004

2003

5
Conference Paper/s

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2003 'Multinationality and Performance: Empirical test of the Three-Stage Theory in an Emerging Market', Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Seattle, United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2003 'Testing the Three Stages Model of Multinationality-Performance in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry Context', Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Monterey, United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2003 'Impact of R&D and Advertising Intensity on the Multinationality-Firm Performance Relationship: The Case of India', Proceedings of Academy of International Business, South-East (USA), United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

Kumar V and Boggs DJ 2003 'International Business Research: An Analysis of Author Affiliation for Journal Publications', Southwest Review of International Business Research, United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

Amine LS and Kumar V 2003 'Preliminary Results of a Longitudinal Study of Materialism and Religion Among Consumers in India', Southwest Review of International Business Research, United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

Kumar V and Boggs DJ 2003 'Supply Chains, Supply Chain Management and International Competitiveness', Proceedings of Academy of International Business, Mid-West (USA), United States, 1st January 2003-31st December 2003

2002

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Kumar V 2002 'An Attempt Towards Completeness of the Multinationality-Performance Model', Southwest Review of International Business Research, United States, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

Kumar V and Kundu SK 2002 'Country-Level Institutional Context: Moderating the Relationship Between Multinationality and Performance', Proceedings of Academy of International Business, South-East (USA), United States, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

Kumar V and Boggs DJ 2002 'Diversification and Divestment Strategy in Developing Countries', Proceedings of Academy of International Business, Mid-West (USA), United States, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

Kumar V and Zhao HX 2002 'The Impact of Social Ties on Knowledge Transfer within a Multinational Corporation', Proceedings of Academy of International Business, South-East (USA), United States, 1st January 2002-31st December 2002

Research Expertise

  • Internationalization of Emerging Market Firms
  • Institutional Evolution
  • Business Groups
  • Global Strategy

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