Heather Berry

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Heather Berry

Professor of International Business and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Email: Heather Berry
Office Phone: 202-994-8498
Fax: 202-994-7422
Funger Hall, Room 401

Professor Berry received her BA in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, her M.Sc. in International and European Politics from Edinburgh University in Scotland and her Ph.D. in Strategy & Organization and International Business from the Anderson School at UCLA. Before joining GW, Professor Berry was a faculty member at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow at the Mack Institute for Innovation Management.  During the 2010-2011 academic year, Professor Berry was awarded an ASA/NSF/BEA Fellowship for her research at the Bureau of Economic Analysis on the foreign direct investment of US MNCs.

Professor Berry's research examines the scope and performance of multinational firms. Her research shows how interdependencies across firm resource allocation decisions in product and geographic markets impact firm investment, divestment and performance. Her papers have been published in top academic journals, including the Strategic Management JournalOrganization Science, the Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science and the Academy of Management Journal.

Professor Berry is an Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal and a Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies.  She also serves on the Editorial Review Boards for Organization Science and the Global Strategy Journal.  Professor Berry was elected to serve in the leadership of the Strategic Management Division (STR – formally, BPS) at the Academy of Management, starting as Assistant Program Chair in the 2018-2019 academic year. Previously, she was elected to serve on the BPS Executive Committee of the Academy of Management (2008-2010) as well as the INFORMS College on Organization Science Executive Committee (2007-2011).

Professor Berry received the 2001 Richard Farmer Award for the best dissertation at the Academy of International Business and the 2002 Barry Richman Award for the best dissertation from the IM Division of the Academy of Management. She has received the best reviewer award from the Journal of International Business Studies and Organization Science, and was a finalist for the Haynes Prize for Most Promising Scholar under the age of 40 at the Academy of International Business Conference. She has developed global strategic management courses at the Ph.D, MBA and undergraduate levels. Prior to her graduate work, Professor Berry worked in several government positions on Capitol Hill; her last position was Ways and Means Committee Associate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

International Corporate Strategy, Multinational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment, Divestment, Global Innovation

Professor Berry’s research examines the scope and performance of multinational firms. Through her research, she has explored antecedents of firm divestment decisions, global innovation and location strategies, shareholder valuation of multinationality and the resource allocation decisions of firms across product and geographic markets Her papers have been published in top academic journals and she has received several grants for her research.

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

IBUS 3001 Introduction to International Business

Publications in Refereed Journals

Berry, H., Forthcoming.  The Influence of Multiple Knowledge Networks on Innovation in Foreign Operations, Organization Science

Berry, H., 2017. Managing Valuable Knowledge in Weak IP Protection Countries, Journal of International Business Studies 48:  787-807. 

Berry, H. and A. Kaul.  2016. Replicating the Multinationality-Performance Relationship: Is There an S-Curve?” Strategic Management Journal 37(11): 2275-2290.

Berry, H., 2015. Knowledge Inheritance in Global Industries:  The Impact of Parent Firm Knowledge on the Performance of Foreign Subsidiaries, Academy of Management Journal 58(5):  1438-58.

Berry, H. and A. Kaul, 2015. Global Sourcing and Foreign Knowledge Seeking, Management Science, 61(5): 1052-1071.  

Berry, H., M. Guillen and A. Hendi, 2014, Is there Convergence Across Countries? A Spatial Approach. Journal of International Business Studies 45(4): 387-404

Berry, H., 2014, Global Integration and Innovation:  Multi-Country Knowledge Generation within MNCs, Strategic Management Journal 35(6): 869-890

Berry, H, 2013. When Do Firms Divest Foreign Operations?  Organization Science.24:2462-79.

Berry, H., Guillen, M and Zhou, N. 2010. An Institutional Approach to Cross-National Distance, Journal of International Business Studies 41(9):  1460-1480. 

Berry, H, 2010.  Why Do Firms Divest? Organization Science 21(2): 380-398.

Berry, H. and M. Sakakibara, 2008, Resource Accumulation and Overseas Expansion by Japanese Multinationals Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 65(2): 277-302

Berry, H., 2006. Leaders, Laggards and the Pursuit of Foreign Knowledge, Strategic Management

Journal, 27:  151-168.

Berry, H,. 2006.  Shareholder Valuation of Foreign Investment and Expansion, Strategic Management Journal, 27:  1123-1140


Publications in Edited Volumes

Berry, H., 2017.  The International Configurations of US Multinational Corporations, in Alcacer, J., B. Kogut, B. Yeung and C. Thomas (eds), Advances in Strategic Management:  Geography, Location and Strategy, Volume 36. Springer (New York, NY), pp 9-48.  

Bals, L., Berry, H., Hartmann, E. and G. Rattich, 2013. What Do We Know About Going Global Early:  Liabilities of Foreignness and Early Internationalizing Firms in Devinney, T., T. Pedersen and L Tihanyi (eds) Advances in International Management Volume 26, Springer (New York, NY), pp. 397-433 (authors listed alphabetically)


Publications in (Refereed) Best Paper Proceedings

Berry, H., 2018.  Combinative Capabilities, Internal Global Sourcing and Technology Diversification in MNCs, (Best Paper), Proceedings of the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. 

Berry, H., 2016.  The Global Family Patents of Multinational Corporations.  (Best Paper) Proceedings of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.  Online ISSN: 2151-6561

Alcacer, J., Berry, H., and W. Chung, 2005.  Increasing Exploration: Evidence from International Expansion, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (authors are listed alphabetically).   

Berry, Heather, 2003. Leaders, Laggards and the Pursuit of Foreign Knowledge, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Berry, Heather, 2001.  Do Foreign Assets Harm Stock Prices? Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.