Department of Strategy and Innovation


Room: KIL/14.A-3.81

Larissa Rabbiosi (PhD, Politecnico di Milano) is Professor 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 immigrants 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 and Management, Bachelor in International Business & Politics



Other teaching activities

Selected publications
  • Gregorič A., Rabbiosi L., Santangelo G.D., 2020, “Diaspora ownership and international technology licensing by emerging market firms”, Journal of International Business Studies.
  • Rabbiosi L., Santangelo G.D., 2019, “Host country corruption and the organization of HQ-subsidiary relationships”, Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 111-124.
  • Minbaeva D., Rabbiosi L., Günter K. Stahl, 2018, “Not walking the talk? How host country cultural orientations may buffer the damage of corporate values’ misalignment in multinational corporations”, Journal of World Business, Vol. 53, Issue 6, pp. 880-895.
  • 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.
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Larissa Rabbiosi / International Coordination
In: Encyclopedia of International Strategic Management. ed. /Christian Geisler Asmussen; Niron Hashai; Dana Minbaeva. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2024, p. 194–196
Encyclopedia chapter > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Anupama Phene; Paul Almeida / Mixed Ethnic Teams and Firm Innovation : Consequences of Internal Workings Choices of Organizations.
Paper presented at DRUID23 Conference, 2023
Paper > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Francesco Di Lorenzo; Anupama Phene; Paul Almeida / Non-Ethnic Inventor Sourcing of Immigrant Knowledge : The Role of Social Communities.
In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Migration in International Business. ed. /Audra I. Mockaitis. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2023, p. 433-461
Book chapter > peer review
Michael J. Mol; Larissa Rabbiosi; Grazia D. Santangelo / Should I Stay or Should I Go? : How Danish MNEs in Russia Respond to a Geopolitical Shift.
In: AIB Insights, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2023, p. 1-8
Journal article > peer review
Aleksandra Gregorič; Larissa Rabbiosi; Grazia D. Santangelo / Diaspora Ownership and International Technology Licensing by Emerging Market Firms
In: Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 52, No. 4, 6.2021, p. 671-691
Journal article > peer review
Alison E. Holm; Jasper J. Hotho; Larissa Rabbiosi / How Stakeholders Engage Companies in DIalogue on Misconduct : A Configurational Perspective on Stakeholder Salience.
In: Proceedings of the Eighty-First Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management . ed. /Sonia Taneja. Briarcliff Manor, NY : Academy of Management 2021, 6 p. (Academy of Management Proceedings)
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Keld Laursen; Ram Mudambi; Larissa Rabbiosi / Time to Give Up? The Speed of Abandoning Large-scale Investments in an Emerging Market: The Role of Increased Presence by Competitors
Paper presented at DRUID21 Conference, 2021
Paper > peer review
Jasper J. Hotho; Dana Minbaeva; Maral Muratbekova-Touron; Larissa Rabbiosi / Coping with Favoritism in Recruitment and Selection : A Communal Perspective.
In: Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 165, No. 4, 9.2020, p. 659-679
Journal article > peer review
Francesco Di Lorenzo; Anupama Phene; Paul Almeida; Larissa Rabbiosi / Building on Immigrant Knowledge : Non-Ethnic Community Inventors and Knowledge Sourcing Behavior.
Paper presented at DRUID19 Conference, 2019
Paper > peer review
Larissa Rabbiosi; Aleksandra Gregoric; Tamara Stucchi / Diaspora Ownership and Homeland Firms' Internationalization
In: Journal of International Management, Vol. 25, No. 3, 9.2019
Journal article > 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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