Gabriel Robertstad Garcia Benito

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My Background

I'm on the faculty of the Department of Strategy and Logistics at the BI Norwegian School of Management, one of the largest business schools in Europe. It is also increasingly been recognized as one of the best business schools in this part of the world. BI Norwegian School of Management is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1943. In 2005, the school moved its new main campus to Nydalen, in Oslo, the capital of Norway.  I'm a graduate (SivilÝkonom) from BI, but moved to Bergen, Norway, for further studies at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, where I received my Master and Doctor degrees.

I joined BI in 1997, where I have held the position of Professor of International Strategy since 1999. I came back to Oslo after having spent a couple of very enjoyable years in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Copenhagen Business School. After a sabbatical year (2002-2003) spent in Valencia, Spain, I re-joined the Department of International Economics and Management at Copenhagen Business School for a few more years. I returned to BI on a full-time basis at the end of 2005.

In addition to my position as Professor at BI, Iím Director of the Centre for International Strategy, and Dean of BIís Doctoral Studies. Iím also Adjunct Professor (Professor II) at University of Agder. I was Head of the Department of Strategy and Logistics in 2006 and 2007.

Academic Interests

My research has particularly dealt with foreign direct investment and divestment, the structure and behaviour of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and their foreign subsidiaries, and foreign operation methods. Iím currently involved in several projects, including one about the foreign relocation of divisional headquarters among Norwegian MNEs, and one about new ways of conceptualizing and modelling how companies organize and manage their cross-border activities.

My research has appeared in various books and in journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Management Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, Applied Economics, Management International Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, International Trade Journal, International Studies of Management and Organization, Scandinavian Journal of Management, and International Business Review. I co-authored (w/ L.S. Welch and B. Petersen) Foreign Operation Methods: Theory, Analysis, Strategy (2007, Edward Elgar), and co-edited (w/ R. Narula) Multinationals on the Periphery (2007, Palgrave) and (w/ H.R. Greve) Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 1 (2007, Elsevier).

As president (2005) of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) I was Chair of the 2005 EIBA Annual Conference, which was held in Oslo, Norway, December 10-13. I also served on the Board of EIBA from 1997 to 2007. I served as Officer (representative-at-large 2008-2010) for the Global Strategy Interest Group in Strategic Management Society.

In 2000-2004, I lead a research program called Globalization and Internationalization of the Norwegian Economy. Based on funding from NFR, the Research Council in Norway, the program was set up in 2000 together with the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Culture (TIK) at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). The program comprised several projects - in particular five doctoral projects - dealing with a variety of issues related to globalization and its impact on small countries such as Norway. The book Multinationals on the Periphery (2007, Palgrave), which I co-edited with R. Narula, is partly a result of that research program.

In 1999-2000, I was involved in the project A Value Creating Norway, a large research venture about the most important industrial clusters in Norway. I was responsible for the sub-project about the Norwegian maritime cluster.

Those of you who want more details may of course take a look at my CV.


I do most of my teaching in our Master of Science and PhD Programs. My current courses at BI include GRA 6833 Corporate and Global Strategies, GRA6331 The International Firm, and GRA 6337 Foreign Operation Methods.

At University of Agder, I teach the course IN-601 Research Issues in International Strategy.



Contact information:
Gabriel R.G. Benito,
Department of Strategy and Logistics
BI Norwegian School of Management,
Nydalsveien 37, N-0442 Oslo, Norway

Created March, 1999
Last updated February, 2011