Sokol Celo, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor, Strategy and International Business

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Professor Celo teaches various international business courses both at undergraduate and graduate level as well as Strategic Management and Global Innovation. His research has been published in the leading management and international business journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Management, Business History, and Socio-Economic Review. His current research focuses on modeling multinational corporations as complex adaptive systems and applying simulation methods to answer questions about the effects of structure and internal and external complexity on performance. Professor Celo’s areas of expertise include also international location decisions, cognition and managerial decision making, and institutions and institutional change. He is a member of the Academy of International Business.


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Nebus, J., & Celo, S. 2020. Cognitive biases in the perceptions of country distance. Journal of International Management, 26(3).

Jain, N. K., Celo, S., & Kumar, V. 2019. Internationalization speed, resources and performance: Evidence from Indian software industry. Journal of Business Research, 95, 26-37.

Celo, S., Nebus, J., & Wang, I. K. 2018. The Role of Internal and External Complexity in Global Factory Performance: An NKC Application. Journal of International Management, 24(1), 65-83.

Chacar, A. S., Celo, S., & Hesterly, W. 2018. Change dynamics in institutional discontinuities: Do formal or informal institutions change first? Lessons from rule changes in professional American baseball. Business History, 60(5), 728-753.

Lehrer, M., & Celo, S. 2017. Boundary-spanning and boundary-buffering in global markets: a German perspective on the internationalization of family firms. Review of International Business and Strategy, 27(2): 161-179.

Lehrer, M., & Celo, S. 2016. German family capitalism in the 21st century: patient capital between bifurcation and symbiosis. Socio-Economic Review, 14(4), 729-750.

Celo, S., Nebus, J. & Wang, I. K. 2015. MNC structure, complexity, and performance: Insights from NK methodology. Journal of International Management, 21(3): 182-199.

Celo, S., & Chacar, A. 2015. International Coherence and MNE Performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 46(5): 620-628.

Schneper, W.D., Meyskens, M., Soleimani, A.M., Celo, S., He, W. and Leartsurawat, W. 2015. Organizational Drivers of Corporate Social Responsibility: Disentangling Substance from Rhetoric. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 80(1): 20-32.

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Courses Taught

SIB419: Global Strategy: Theory & Practice
SIB429: Strategic Management
MBA750: Building Global Connections

Professional Links

Google Scholar | Researchgate | LinkedIn

Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, Florida International University
  • MBA, University of Tirana / University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • BS, University of Tirana