Dr. Benwari Kedia, Professor of Management


Professor, Department of Management

FEC 220
Office Hours
by appointment


Ben L. Kedia holds the Robert Wang Chair of Excellence in International Business and is Director of the Wang Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Memphis. Prior to coming to Memphis in 1989, Dr. Kedia taught international business and management at Texas Tech University (1975-78) and at Louisiana State University (1978-89), where he also served as Director of the Division for Business Research and Chairman of the Department of Management. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Strasbourg (France, 2002), the Unilever Chair Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India (1999), a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh (1998), a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Nankai University (China, 1996), Gambrinus Fellow at the University of Dortmund (Germany, 1994) and a Visiting Professor at the Czech Management Center (1992).

His teaching and research interests include International Business Strategy and Cross-Cultural and Comparative Management. Professor Kedia’s research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Teaching in International Business, International Business Review, European Management Journal, The International Executive, Business and the Contemporary World, International Marketing Review, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Columbia Journal of World Business, Management International Review, California Management Review, Personnel Psychology, and others. In addition, he has contributed several chapters to leading research and textbooks.

Dr. Kedia has served as Division Chair, Program Chair, and Doctoral Consortium Chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. He also served as Program Chair, Vice President and President of the Academy of International Business-U.S. Southwest, and as President and Member of the Executive Committee of the CIBER Association. He is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the CIBER Association.

In addition to his academic and administrative responsibilities, he has served as a consultant and provided executive training for Federal Express, Smith & Nephew, Citibank, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, American Cyanamid, and Entech Systems.

Dr. Kedia is the recipient of over $10 million in grants and contracts, including major grants from the U.S. Department of Education designating The University of Memphis as a national resource Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He has traveled extensively around the globe, sponsoring and directing study-abroad programs in international business in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, former Soviet Union, Japan, Peoples’ Republic of China, Hong Kong, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. He has also presented papers and/or seminars in Mexico, Canada, Austria, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland, India, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia.

He received his Ph.D. from Case-Western Reserve University, M.B.A. from Atlanta University, LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Bombay, and B. Com. (Bachelor of Commerce) from the University of Rajasthan ( India).


Representative Publications

  • Kedia, B. L., S. Jain, (Forthcoming) Enhancing U. S. Competitiveness through Innovation, Edward Elgar.
  • Kedia, B. L., Gaffney, & Clampit, J. (forthcoming). Role of knowledge in internationalization of multinationals from emerging economies. Management International Review.
  • Lahiri, S. D., B. Kedia and Mukherjee, D. (2012). Impact of management capability on the firm resource-performance linkage: Examining Indian outsourcing providers. Journal of World Business.
  • Jain, S. C., and B. Kedia (Eds., 2011). Enhancing Global Competitiveness through Sustainable Environmental Stewardship, Edward Elgar.
  • Mukherjee, D., S. Hanlon, and B. Kedia, “Organizational identification among virtual team members: Role of Individualism–collectivism and uncertainty avoidance” Cross Cultural Management, 19:4, 526-545.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Mukherjee, D. (2009). Understanding offshoring: A research framework based on disintegration, location and externalization advantages. Journal of World Business, 44, 250-261.
  • Perez-Nordtvedt, L., Payne, G.T., Short, J.C., & Kedia, B.L. (2008). An entrainment-based model of temporal organizational fit, misfit, and performance. Organization Science, 19, 785-801.
  • Perez-Nordtvedt, L., Kedia, B.L., Datta, D.K., & Rasheed, A.A. (2008). Effectiveness and efficiency of cross-border knowledge transfer: An empirical examination. Journal of Management Studies, 45, 714-744.
  • Danskin, P., Dibrell, C., & Kedia, B.L. (2005). The evolving role of cooperation among multinational corporations and indigenous organizations in transition economies: A migration away from confrontation. Journal of World Business, 40, 223-234.
  • Bhagat, R.S., Kedia, B.L., Harveston, P.D., & Triandis, H.C. (2002). Cultural variations in the cross-border transfer of organizational knowledge: An integrative framework. Academy of Management Review, 27, 204-221.
  • Kedia, B. L. and Mukherji A. (1999) Global managers: Developing a mindset for global competitiveness, Journal of World Business, 34, 230-251.
  • Kedia, B. L. and Harveston, P.D. (1999) Transformation of MBA programs: Meeting the challenge of international competition. Journal of World Business, 33, 203-217.
  • Kedia, B.L., & Bhagat, R.S.(1988). Cultural constraints on transfer of technology across nations: Implications for research in international and comparative management. Academy of Management Review, 13, 559-571.


Dr. Kedia teaches and/or supervises the following courses in the International MBA Program: BA 7902 Workshop in Business (Business Culture Seminar), BA 7950 Research Practicum, BA 7950 Practicum in Int'l in Business. In addition, he supervises many doctoral students in BA 8910 Probems in Management - Independent Study and BA 9000 Doctoral Dissertation. Doctoral students he supervised have been placed at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, Illinois State University, University of Akron, Clarkson University etc.


Service to the Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Dr. Kedia is Member, Management Department Graduate Studies Comm.,; Member, Management Department, Ad Hoc Advisory Board; Executive Advisor, Int;l MBA program, Member Faculty Senate, Co-Chair, Confucious Institute, Member University Access and Diversity Committee, Member of the Board, Center for Cyber Security

Service to the management discipline

Dr. Kedia has served as Division Chair, Program Chair, and Doctoral Consortium Chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is Advisory Board Member for the World Trade Magazine and American Society for Competitiveness. He is editorial board member of the following journals: Journal of High Technology Management, International Journal of Commerce and Management, American Society of Competitiveness, Finance India. Dr. Kedia serves as Ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of International Management, Management International Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, and Journal of Managerial Issues.