Department of Strategy and Innovation

Assistant professor

Room: KIL/14.A-2.94

Caroline Witte is an assistant professor of strategy and international management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation. She is mainly interested in strategic management in fragile economies and internationalization strategies in particular. In her research she asks: How can firms in fragile economies take advantage of a volatile institutional context? And more generally, how can firms exploit the opportunities created by risk, uncertainty and discontinuous shocks? In answering these questions she focuses on how the characteristics of risk interact with firm characteristics. In addition, she has an interest in how institutional voids affect the ability of firms to experiment and be agile. Much of her research looks at the phenomena of armed conflict and entrepreneurs in the informal economy.

In 2019 Caroline won the AOM best dissertation award (IM division) for her dissertation titled ‘Bloody Business: Multinational Investment in an Increasingly Conflict-Afflicted World’. In addition, she was nominated for the 2019 AIB best dissertation award and she won the AIB best dissertation proposal award in 2016.

Caroline has a PhD from the Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MSc. in Economics and Business from the same institute. She has also worked as an external consultant for the World Bank's Chief Economist Office for the Middle East & North Africa.



Primary research areas

The location choice strategies of multinational companies, International Business in fragile economies, Political risk management, Multinational activity and economic development.  

Administrative tasks

Curriculum Vitae
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  • BEBUO1005U  Strategic Management
  • CCMVV1914U Global Strategies in a Turbulent World
  • CFSMO1123U  Theory of the Firm

Other teaching activities

Selected publications

Witte, C.T., Burger, M.J., Ianchovichina, E.I., Pennings, E. (2017). Dodging the bullets: An industry-level analysis of multinationals in conflict countries. Journal of International Business Studies, 48(7), 862-892.

Academic Interests

Outside activities

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