Department of Strategy and Innovation

  • Center for Corporate Governance
Professor with special responsibilities

Leave: On maternity leave
Room: KIL/14.A-3.81

Larissa Rabbiosi (PhD, Politecnico di Milano) is Professor (MSO) in International Business at Copenhagen Business School. Her research concerns the relationship between the organization of firms and their strategic processes with a particular focus on knowledge transfer, innovation, and international expansion. Her current research interests include the relationship between immigrants and firm performance, institutions and multinational corporations’ strategies, and post-acquisition integration management.


Primary research areas
  • The relationship between diasporas and firms’ performance (e.g., internationalization, collaborations, innovation)

  • Corruption and multinational corporations

  • HQ-subsidiary relationships

  • Knowledge transfer

  • Post-acquisition integration: processes and effects


Administrative tasks

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International Business Strategy, Bachelor in International Business & Politics



Other teaching activities

Selected publications

Rabbiosi L., Santangelo G.D., “Host country corruption and the organization of HQ-subsidiary relationships”, Journal of International Business Studies, forthcoming.

Colombo M.G., Rabbiosi L., 2014, “Technological similarity, post-acquisition R&D reorganization and innovation performance in horizontal acquisition”. Research Policy, Vol. 43, pp. 1039-1054.

Rabbiosi L., Santangelo G.D., 2013, “Parent company's benefits from reverse knowledge transfer:  The role of the liability of newness in MNEs”, Journal of World Business, Vol. 48(1), pp. 160–170.

Minbaeva D., Mäkelä K., Rabbiosi L., 2012, “Linking HRM and knowledge transfer via individual-level mechanisms”, Human Resource Management, May–June, Vol. 51(3), pp. 387–405.

Rabbiosi L., 2011. “Subsidiary roles and reverse knowledge transfer: an investigation of the effects of coordination mechanisms”, Journal of International Management, Vol. 17, pp. 97-113.


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Dana Minbaeva; Jasper Hotho; Maral Muratbekova-Touron; Larissa Rabbiosi / Handling Pressures of Community Logic : The Impact of Clan Ties on Recruitment and Selection in Kazakhstan.
In: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business. ed. /Patricia McDougall-Covin; Tunga Kiyak. East Lansing, MI : Academy of International Business 2013, p. 280 (Academy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings, Vol. 55)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Fabio Bertoni; Stefano Elia; Larissa Rabbiosi / Outward FDI from the BRICS : Trends and Patterns of Acquisitions in Advanced Countries.
In: Emerging Economies and Firms in the Global Crisis. ed. /Marin A. Marinov; Svetla T. Marinova. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan 2013, p. 47-82
Book chapter > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Grazia D. Santangelo / Parent Company Benefits from Reverse Knowledge Transfer : The Role of the Liability of Newness in MNEs.
In: Journal of World Business, Vol. 48, No. 1, 2013, p. 160-170
Journal article > peer review
Dana Minbaeva; Larissa Rabbiosi; Guenter K. Stahl / The Role of Parent-Country Nationals in Reducing the Adverse Effect of Perceived Value Inconsistency on the Commitment of Foreign Subsidiary Employees
In: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business. ed. /Patricia McDougall-Covin; Tunga Kiyak. East Lansing, MI : Academy of International Business 2013, p. 39 (Academy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings, Vol. 55)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Grazia D. Santangelo / When in Rome, do as the Romans do : Dealing with Corruption after Entry.
Paper presented at The 35th DRUID Celebration Conference 2013: Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, 2013
Paper > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Stefano Elia; Fabio Bertoni / Acquisitions by EMNCs in Developed Markets : An Organisational Learning Perspective.
In: M I R: Management International Review, Vol. 52, No. 2, 2012, p. 193-212
Journal article > peer review
Dana Minbaeva; Kristiina Mäkelä; Larissa Rabbiosi / Linking HRM and Knowledge Transfer via Individual-level Mechanisms
In: Human Resource Management, Vol. 51, No. 3, 2012, p. 387-405
Journal article > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Tamara Stucchi / Not for All : What Explains Cross-Border Acquisitions from Emerging Market Firms.
In: Proceedings of the 54rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business. ed. /Susan Feinberg; Tunga Kiyak. East Lansing, MI : Academy of International Business 2012, p. 184 (Academy of International Business. Annual Meeting. Proceedings, Vol. 54)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Tamara Stucchi / The Magic of Diasporas : The Role of Overseas National Ownership in Outward FDI of Emerging Market Firms.
Paper presented at The 3rd Copenhagen Conference on Emerging Multinationals, 2012
Paper > peer review
Bruno Cassiman; Massimo G. Colombo; Larissa Rabbiosi / M & A and Innovation : The Role of Relatedness between Target and Acquirer.
In: Managing Innovation Driven Companies: Approaches in Practice. . ed. /Hugo Tschirky; Cornelius Herstatt; David Probert; Hans-Georg Gemuenden; Massimo G. Colombo; Thomas Durand; Petra C. De Weerd-Nederhof; Tim Schweisfurth. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan 2011, p. 56-67
Book chapter > peer review
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Academic Interests

The role of diaspora investors in developing countries: A study of firm internationalization and inter-firm collaborations.  
Project Coordinator: Professor MSO Larissa Rabbiosi

Although the relevance of diaspora members (immigrants) as active actors in their countries of origin and countries of residence is becoming more evident, little is still known about the channels used by individual firms to benefit from immigrants. The proposed project aims to understand how firm internationalization, inter-firm collaborations, and innovation are affected by diaspora members’ participation in firms as e.g. foreign investors, inventors, returnees.

First, we propose equity ownership as a form of connection between the homeland firms and diasporans (i.e. diaspora members). Specifically, we draw on the literature on diaspora combined with an owners-as-resources perspective to theorize about how diaspora owners can affect the homeland firm’s internationalization. We suggest that the anticipated entry costs deriving from the liability of foreignness faced by homeland firms explain how the impact of diaspora owners varies depending on entry mode. Finally, we compare diaspora owners to other types of foreign owner which we argue have lower levels of motivation and ability to help homeland firms to internationalize, and contribute relatively less to their internationalization than diaspora owners.


Second, we expect that the liability of origin makes participation in international technology licensing challenging for emerging market firms. We draw on signaling theory and argue that diaspora ownership—diasporan equity investment—constitutes a reliable signal of firm quality and trustworthiness which facilitates emerging market firms’ access to international technology licensing. We theorize further about how the efficacy of diaspora ownership as a credibility-enhancing mechanism varies with the firm’s subnational context characteristics.


Third, technically skilled immigrants are highly strategically important for firm innovation. However, immigrants are socially embedded resources, in the sense that their belonging to the ethnic social community creates access to knowledge and creation of competencies that cannot be easily imitated from non-members of the ethnic community. This inherent ethnic social embeddedness can be inscrutable to the organization itself. Based  on insights from the resource-based view, we investigate how and under what conditions organizations capitalize on immigrants with technical skills and harness them for innovation.



Principal Investigator:
Larissa Rabbiosi (Copenhagen Business School)

Associated faculty:
Aleksandra Gregoric (Copenhagen Business School)
Anu Phene (George Washington University)

Francesco Di Lorenzo (Copenhagen Business School)
Grazia D. Santangelo (Copenhagen Business School)
Ram Mudambi (Fox School of Business)



Danish Council for Independent Research, Social Sciences (FSE).



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