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Luisa F. Melo

PhD Student
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD), The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2007
BS Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University, 2000
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My research interests are at the intersection of international business & strategy and implications for development. My dissertation is on corporate governance convergence, and its role in the internationalization of emerging market firms of the Fortune Global 500. I am currently a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB). In a former life, I conducted research in DNA repair and managed a biochemistry laboratory. Fluent in Spanish, studied French and Italian.

Teaching Interests

I am an adjunct professor at the West Chester University of PA, in West Chester, PA. I teach undergraduate business core courses, mainly Business Policy & Strategy and the Business & Society course. At Bentley, I taught the Strategic Management core course, and also worked as a teaching assistant for the International Corporate Governance course at the Harvard Summer Economics Program (Summer 2010).

Research Interests

My dissertation uses a uniquely constructed dataset on board structures and ownership of emerging market firms of the Global 500. Using this data, I developed qualitative and quantitative studies on functional convergence and internationalization aspects using the emerging market firm lens. International Corporate Governance; the role of governments and institutions in MNE environments; economic development and business; issues in FDI; political economy of governance; extractive industries.

Awards and Honors

2012, Research Grant, Center for Women and Business


Journal Article(s)
Quinn, M. A., Melo, L. (2015). Oil, Foreign Direct Investment and Corruption in Developing Countries . International Journal of Business and Finance Research, 9 (1).

Conference Presentations

Melo, L. (2014). "Board Composition and Ownership in EMNEs of the Global 500: Between Performance and Internationalization." Presented at the Academy of International Business's Annual Meeting, June 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

Quinn, M. A., Melo, L. (2012). "Oil, Foreign Direct Investment and Corruption." Presented at the CYRUS's CYRUS Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Melo, L., Quinn, M. A. (2011). "Oil, Foreign Direct Investment, and Corruption." Presented at the International Atlantic Economic Society, Washington, D.C. .


University Service
Task Force Member for Conversation Partners Program, McCallum Graduate School, 2011 - 2012

Professional Service
Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 2010 - Present