Sokol Celo joins Suffolk University as an assistant professor of Strategy & International Business.
He teaches Globalization, an undergraduate course that introduces processes and concepts that define today’s international business environment. The course provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the growing interdependence of nations.
Celo, who specializes in international business, managerial decision-making, and institutional change, has more than 20 years of teaching experience. With a deep-rooted passion for education, Celo began his career as an assistant professor in mathematics.
He later went on to work for several international organizations. He served as a project coordinator for German Agency for Technical Cooperation and was the national project manager for the United Nations Development Programme in Albania.
In each of these positions, he continued developing his teaching and communication skills. “If I look back, I realize that teaching is what I like and what I can do best,” he said. In 2006, Celo went back to school and earned his PhD in Management and International Business from Florida International University. While pursuing his doctorate degree, Celo taught management classes.
Celo was one of six doctoral students to win the International Management Division’s Most Promising Dissertation Proposal Award at the Academy of Management (AOM) annual meeting in Montreal in August 2010. His dissertation focused on how international investment decisions are made and how they affect the firm’s performance.
While teaching at Sawyer Business School, Celo plans to pursue his research interests. “Besides working on advancing and expanding the ideas and analyses of my dissertation, I’m involved also in a project that uses the history of baseball as an empirical setting to understand the mechanisms underlying the process of institutional change. I’m sure other research ideas will evolve through the contacts with other faculty at Suffolk University,” he said.
More than anything, Celo appreciates the impact that his teaching and mentorship has on students. “The most rewarding experience is when you meet your former students, and they acknowledge that they have learned a lot in your class,” he said.