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Professor Nicolas Forsans

Professor Nicolas Forsans

Associate Professor in International Strategic Management

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Nicolas joined the University of Exeter in 2013 as an entrepreneurial business school academic with over 20 years experience Ieading and managing highly committed teams and strategic projects to enhance the student experience at Russell Group universities. An international business and corporate strategy specialist, Nicolas investigates the role of business in society and the impact of emerging business models built around the sharing economy and circular economy principles. Prior to this, Nicolas started as a FME Research Fellow in International Business while at the University of Leeds where he developed and taught several UG, PG and MBA modules and researched for 15 years, having been promoted to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Associate Professor.

Nicolas has designed, developed and repositioned various Master, MBA and dual degree programmes, embedding innovation in programme design and delivery, securing EFMD and AMBA accreditations and global rankings (Financial Times, Corporate Knights) while collaborating with business and the third sector to create experiential learning opportunities. For four years Nicolas led the acclaimed One Planet MBA, then created the Exeter MBA - probably the most innovative MBA programme on the market today, ranked 1st in the world in Corporate Knights' 2017 MBA Rankings.

Nicolas’s expertise revolves around regional economic integration in Europe and North America, the Brexit debate, the conduct of international business in emerging economies and their integration in the world economy and the rise of emerging multinationals from Asia. More recently Nicolas started questioning the role of business in society and its impact, and the impact of emerging business models built around circular economy principles (think Uber, Airbnb and the likes).

Nicolas is a member of the Academy of Business in Society, the Academy of International Business and the RSA.

Nationality: French

Qualifications

  • MSc
  • MPhil

Awards and Honours

  • AMBA commendation for leadership (2013)
  • University Student Education Fellowship, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds (2010-2013)
  • Personal Tutor award, Leeds University Student Union, 2009

External Positions

  • External examiner, Bath University Business School

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Foreign direct investment
  • Emerging countries, markets and multinational firms
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Emerging Business models
  • Circular and Sharing economy

In the past 20 years Nicolas’s research interests have revolved around the formation of trading blocs in Europe and North America and their impact on the multinational firm’ strategies, the strategies of emerging multinationals from Asia and their acquisitions overseas. More recently, my interests have focused on the rise of new business models made possible by the platform economy, and in particular those based on sharing and circular economy principles.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). Cross-border acquisitions by Indian multinationals: Asset exploitation or asset augmentation?. International Business Review, 25(4), 986-996. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). Do foreign resources assist or impede internationalisation? Evidence from internationalisation of Indian multinational enterprises. International Business Review, 25(1), 130-140. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). The role of experiential and non-experiential knowledge in cross-border acquisitions: the case of Indian multinational enterprises. Journal of World Business, 51(5), 675-685. Abstract. DOI.
Jeanrenaud SJ, Adarves-Yorno, I, Forsans, N (2015). Exploring a One Planet Mindset and its Relevance in a Transition to a Sustainable Economy. Building Sustainable Legacies(5. Reframing the Game: the Transition to a. New Sustainable Economy). Abstract.
Buckley PJ, Forsans N, Munjal S (2012). Host-home country linkages and host-home country specific advantages as determinants of foreign acquisitions by Indian firms. International Business Review, 21(5), 878-890. Abstract. DOI.
Kafouros MI, Forsans N (2012). The role of open innovation in emerging economies: Do companies profit from the scientific knowledge of others?. Journal of World Business, 47(3), 362-370. Abstract. DOI.
Forsans N, Balasubramanyam VN (2010). Acquisitions versus licensing agreements as vehicles for technology transfer. European Journal of International Management, 4(1-2), 48-55. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Cross AR, Forsans N, Horn SA (2010). The rise of the Asian multinational firm. Asian Business and Management, 9(3), 293-297. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Clegg J, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2007). A simple and flexible dynamic approach to foreign direct investment growth: the Canada-United States relationship in the context of free trade. World Economy, 30(2), 267-291. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Clegg J, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Evolution of FDI in the United States in the context of trade liberalization and regionalization. Journal of Business Research, 56(10), 853-857. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2002). Increasing the Size of the “Country”: Foreign Direct Investment and Regionalisation in a Globalized World Economy. Management International Review, 3(1), 251-274.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N (1998). Foreign Direct Investment and Free Trade Area: the NAFTA Case. Canadian Journal of Regional Science

Chapters

Munjal S, Buckley PJ, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2014). The growth trajectory of Indian multinational enterprises. In  (Ed) The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development, 191-206. DOI.
Forsans N (2013). Country linkages and firm internationalization: Indian MNEs within economic-political alliances of nations. In Cook G, John J (Eds.) The Changing Geography of International Business, Palgrave-MacMillan.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Foreign Market Servicing Strategies in the NAFTA Area. In Buckley PJ (Ed) The Changing Global Context on international Business, London: Palgrave.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Increasing the Size of the "Country": Regional Economic Integration and Foreign Direct Investment in a Globalized World Economy. In Buckley PJ (Ed) The Changing Global Context on international Business, London: Palgrave.

Publications by year


2016

Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). Cross-border acquisitions by Indian multinationals: Asset exploitation or asset augmentation?. International Business Review, 25(4), 986-996. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). Do foreign resources assist or impede internationalisation? Evidence from internationalisation of Indian multinational enterprises. International Business Review, 25(1), 130-140. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Munjal S, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2016). The role of experiential and non-experiential knowledge in cross-border acquisitions: the case of Indian multinational enterprises. Journal of World Business, 51(5), 675-685. Abstract. DOI.

2015

Jeanrenaud SJ, Adarves-Yorno, I, Forsans, N (2015). Exploring a One Planet Mindset and its Relevance in a Transition to a Sustainable Economy. Building Sustainable Legacies(5. Reframing the Game: the Transition to a. New Sustainable Economy). Abstract.

2014

Munjal S, Buckley PJ, Enderwick P, Forsans N (2014). The growth trajectory of Indian multinational enterprises. In  (Ed) The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development, 191-206. DOI.

2013

Forsans N (2013). Country linkages and firm internationalization: Indian MNEs within economic-political alliances of nations. In Cook G, John J (Eds.) The Changing Geography of International Business, Palgrave-MacMillan.

2012

Buckley PJ, Forsans N, Munjal S (2012). Host-home country linkages and host-home country specific advantages as determinants of foreign acquisitions by Indian firms. International Business Review, 21(5), 878-890. Abstract. DOI.
Kafouros MI, Forsans N (2012). The role of open innovation in emerging economies: Do companies profit from the scientific knowledge of others?. Journal of World Business, 47(3), 362-370. Abstract. DOI.

2010

Forsans N, Balasubramanyam VN (2010). Acquisitions versus licensing agreements as vehicles for technology transfer. European Journal of International Management, 4(1-2), 48-55. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Cross AR, Forsans N, Horn SA (2010). The rise of the Asian multinational firm. Asian Business and Management, 9(3), 293-297. DOI.

2007

Buckley PJ, Clegg J, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2007). A simple and flexible dynamic approach to foreign direct investment growth: the Canada-United States relationship in the context of free trade. World Economy, 30(2), 267-291. Abstract. DOI.

2003

Buckley PJ, Clegg J, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Evolution of FDI in the United States in the context of trade liberalization and regionalization. Journal of Business Research, 56(10), 853-857. Abstract. DOI.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Foreign Market Servicing Strategies in the NAFTA Area. In Buckley PJ (Ed) The Changing Global Context on international Business, London: Palgrave.
Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2003). Increasing the Size of the "Country": Regional Economic Integration and Foreign Direct Investment in a Globalized World Economy. In Buckley PJ (Ed) The Changing Global Context on international Business, London: Palgrave.

2002

Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N, Reilly KT (2002). Increasing the Size of the “Country”: Foreign Direct Investment and Regionalisation in a Globalized World Economy. Management International Review, 3(1), 251-274.

1998

Buckley PJ, Clegg LJ, Forsans N (1998). Foreign Direct Investment and Free Trade Area: the NAFTA Case. Canadian Journal of Regional Science

Nicolas’s teaching interests revolve around the theory and the practice of international business, corporate strategy and issues in relation to the role of business in society (including ethics, sustainability and CSR)

Modules

2017/18