photo: Heather Berry

Heather Berry

Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Funger Hall
2201 G Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-8498
Fax: 202-994-7422
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

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, where she remains a Senior Fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation. 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 Journal, Organization Science, the Journal o

Professor Berry currently serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies and Organization Science. She was elected to serve on the Business Policy and Strategy Division 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.

Current Research

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


Berry, H., forthcoming, Global Integration and Innovation: Multi-Country Knowledge Generation within MNCs, Strategic Management Journal.

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

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

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. 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.

Classes Taught

IBUS 3001 Introduction to International Business