Associate Professor, Department of ManagementMehdi Farashahi holds a BSc in aerospace engineering from North Carolina State University, and a MBA and a PhD in strategy from Concordia University. He is one of the founders and the Chair of Montreal Local/Global Research Group. His research interests combine institutional theory, organizations' forms and strategies, and global/local issues. He is particularly interested in management practices of firms in the global business environment and more specifically in the developing contexts. He has conducted empirical research using samples from aviation, textile, and hotel industries. He is also interested in aggregate analysis as a type of meta-analytical approach in synthesizing research.
Dr. Farashahi has published in journals such as Organization Studies, Management International Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, International Studies of Management and Organization, International Journal of Management Reviews and The International Journal of Commerce and Management. He has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of strategy and international business at the Department of Management of John Molson School of Business since 1999. He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Dean Award for teaching excellence at graduate level. He holds various technical licenses for different types of airplanes and has sixteen years of working experience as a field engineer, quality control inspector, technical manager, and training manager in the airline industry.
Molz, R. and Farashahi, M. (2011) Preface to Doing Business in Emerging, Developing and Transitional Economies. International Studies of Management and Organization, 41(1 and 2).
Farashahi, M. and Hafsi, T., (2009) Strategy of firms in an unstable institutional environment. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 26(4): 643-666.
Carney, M. and Farashahi, M. (2006), Transnational institutions in developing countries: the case of Iranian civil aviation. Organization Studies, 27(1): 53-77.
Hafsi, T. and Farashahi, M. (2005), Applicability of management theories to developing countries: A synthesis, Management International Review, 45(4): 483-511.
Farashahi, M., T. Hafsi, and R. Molz (2005), Institutionalized norms of conducting research and social realities: A research synthesis of empirical works from 1983-2002, International Journal of Management Reviews, 7(1): 1-24.
Farashahi, M. and Molz, R. (2004) A Framework for Multilevel Organizational Analysis in Developing Countries. The International Journal of Commerce and Management, 14(1): 59-78.
Farashahi, M. and R. Molz. 2013. The grounding of strategy in economic and social logics: Reconciling local and global dynamics. in Encyclopédie de la Stratégie – Economica,
Muhammad, F. and M. Farashahi. 2013. Strategic Evolution: The Art of Effective Change in Prolifically Adaptive Organizations. in Encyclopédie de la Stratégie – Economica,
Ul-Haq S. and M. Farashahi, 2010. Political Strategies of MNEs in Emerging Economies: A Theoretical Model, in The Multinational Enterprise in Developing Countries, Routledge Publishers.
Jaeger Alfred, Ilan Avrichir, Arif Butt, Mehdi Farashahi and Taieb Hafsi, 2008. “Managerial Values in Developing Countries: Global Convergence or Local Divergence?” in Globalization: Realities, Challenges and Responses, Sage Publication: New Delhi.
Hafsi, T., M. Farashahi et R. Molz, 2006. Logique globale et logique locale : trois perspectives théoriques sur les relations d’affaires d’aujourd’hui, dans R. Bernier, Mondialisation et Déploiement, Presses de l’Université du Québec.
Farashahi, M. (2012) Chairing Professional Development Workshop on “Transforming Organizations and Management in Islamic Societies” (with presentations by scholars such as Shaker Zahra, Taieb Hafsi, Arif Nazir Butt and Sondos Gamal Abdelgawad and coordination by Abdulrahman Chikhouni) at the Academy of Management Conference, Boston, U.S.A.
Farashahi, M. (2012) Chairing Panel Session on “Entrepreneurship in Islamic Societies” with presentations by M. Farashahi, Abbas Ali, Alaude Marcotte, and Soumaya Ben Letaifa and coordination by Abdulrahman Chikhouni at the Academy of International Business Management Conference, Boston, U.S.A.
Chikhouni, Abdulrahman & Farashahi, Mehdi (2012). The Institutional Effects on Inter-organizational Network Structure. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Conference, August 2012. Abdulrahman Chikhouni and Mehdi Farashahi.
Hafsi, T., Edwards, G., Farashahi, M., & Molz, R. (2011). Distance and MNC strategic decisions. Presentation at Academy of International Business UK Conference (Edinburgh)
Chikhouni, Abdulrahman, Edwards, Gwyneth & Farashahi, Mehdi. (2011) East to West: The Implication of Institutional Distance for MNEs from Emerging Countries (EM MNEs). presnetation at Academy of Management, San Antonio, USA.
Chikhouni, Abdulrahman & Farashahi, Mehdi (2011) The Relationship Between Governance Structure of a Firm and its Joint Venture Strategy. Presentation at the ASAC, Montreal, Canada.
Chikhouni, Abdulrahman; Mehdi Farashahi; and Gwyneth Edwards (2010). Institutional Duality and Emerging Country MNEs. Presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Amirkhany, Arash. and Mehdi Farashahi (2010) Formal and Informal Institutions and the Entry Strategies of Multinationals. Presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Faiza Muhammad and Mehdi Farashahi (2009) In Accord or Discord? Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Theory in International Context presented at Academy of International Business Conference, San Diego.
Ashar Saleem and Mehdi Farashahi (2009) An institutional explanation of crossvergence. Presented at Academy of International Business Conference, San Diego.
Institutional distance and MNC strategy presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, U.S.A. (August 2009). With T. Hafsi, G. Edwards, and R. Molz
Alfred Jaeger; Arif Butt; Ilan Avrichir; Mehdi Farashahi; and Taieb Hafsi (2007) Managerial Values in Developing Countries: Global Convergence or Local Divergence? Presented at Asia-Pacific Researchers in Organization Studies (APROS) International Colloquium, New Delhi, India
Rick Molz; Taieb Hafsi; Mehdi Farashahi; Sergio Janczak; Claude Marcotte; Sid Ahmed SOUSSI and others (2007), From Dilemma to Theory to Research Agenda: Doing Business in Developing and Transitional Countries, SPDW at the Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Taieb Hafsi; Luc Bernier; Mehdi Farashahi (2007) Institutional Entrepreneurs in the Public Sector: Towards a Contingency Theory, presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Michael Carney and Mehdi Farashahi (2007) Institutional entrepreneurship and the corporatization of the global air navigation regime, presented at the European Group of Organizational Studies Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria.
Luc Bernier; Medhi Farashani and Taied Hafsi (2007) What is institutional entrepreneurship about? Presented at the Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Ottawa, Canada
Farashahi, M. and Hafsi, T. (2006), Strategy of firms in an unstable institutional environment: The case of textile firms in a developing country, presented and discussed in the third Paper Development Workshop of the Journal of International Business Studies at the Academy of International Business Conference, Beijing, China.
Marcotte, C.; R. Molz; M. Farashahi; T. Hafsi; S. A. Soussi; and S. Janczak. (2006), A Multi-theoretical Conceptualization of Multinational Corporation Expansion in Developing Countries: A Model and Evidence. Paper presented at the European Group for Organization Studies Conference, Bergen,
Jaeger, A., Farashahi, M., Hafsi, T. (2006), International Business Symposium. at the
Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Janczak, S.; R. Molz; T. Hafsi; M. Farashahi; Marcotte, C. (2006), Business in Developing Countries: Interaction between Local Institutions and Global Economic Dynamics, SPDW (with presentations by scholars such as G. Hofstede, N. Adler, and T. Dacin) at the Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, U.S.A.
Marcotte, C.; R. Molz; M. Farashahi; T. Hafsi; S. A. Soussi (2006), Strategy Implementation in Emerging Countries: Three Theoretical Approaches, Paper Development Workshop (International Management Division), the Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, U.S.A.
Marcotte, C.; R. Molz; M. Farashahi; T. Hafsi; S. A. Soussi (2005) Les Stratégies Des Firmes Occidentales Dans Les Pays En Émergence: Trois Approches Théoriques, Presented at the Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Toronto, Canada.
Farashahi, M., T. Hafsi, and R. Molz (2005), How Global/Local and Formal/Informal Institutions Shape the Behavior of Organizations: A Research Synthesis of Empirical Works from 1983-2002, Presented at the Academy of International Business Conference, Quebec, Canada.
Marcotte, C.; S. A. Soussi; R. Molz; T. Hafsi; M. Farashahi; C. Ratiu (2005) " The
strategies of Western firms in emerging countries: Three theoretical approaches". The Congres de l'International Management Development Association, Grenade, Spain.
Hafsi, T. and Farashahi, M. (2004), “Applicability of management theories to developing
countries: A synthesis”, Proceeding of the British Academy of Management Annual Conference at St-Andrews, Scotland.
Farashahi, M. and Hafsi, T. (2003), “Strategic management in highly constrained
environments: The case of textile firms in Iran, presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Seattle, U.S.A.
Hafsi, T. and Farashahi, M. (2003), Institutional theory and economic development, presented at the XIIeme Conference de l'Association Internationale de Management Strategique, Tunis, Tunisia.
Hafsi, T. and Farashahi, M. (2002), Administration and Development: K. J. and H. Revisited twenty years later, Presented at the Academy of Management Conference, Denver, U.S.A.
Farashahi, M. & Molz, R. (2001), A Meso Framework To Assess Organizations and Managerial Activities In Developing Countries, Presented at the Hawaii Conference on Business, Honolulu.
Mary Watson, Selda Fikret, Pasa Bogazici, Mabel Miguel, Mehdi Farashahi & Alfred Jaeger (2000), Pluralism in Academic Roles: Using One Vehicle to Make Simultaneous Journeys . Best Symposium at the Academy of Management Conference.
Farashahi, M. (2000), Is there a theoretical framework for management systems in developing countries? Administrative Science Association of Canada Conference, Montreal, Canada.
Farashahi, M. (2000), Some Guidelines for Future Theoretical Frameworks of Management activities in Developing Countries, Proceeding of International Conference in Management Sciences, Tamkang University, Taiwan.
Farashahi, M. (1999), Management Systems in Developing Countries, Proceeding of Academy of Business and Administrative Science Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
Associate Professor, Department of Management
PhD (Concordia University)
Contact InformationJohn Molson School of Business
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
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Office: MB 14.337
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext 2923
Area of Expertise
- Aviation industry
- International business
- Local/global institutions and strategy of firms
- Management and organizations in developing countries
- Managing multinational corporations
- Strategy and institutional theories
- Synthesizing research