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Personal profile


Current position

  • Professor of international management

Professional experience

Professor of International Management, Tilburg University, (1999-.) Teaching and Research in International Management.

Visiting Professor, Institute of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark, September-December 1996.Professor (1994-1999) and Associate Professor (1990-1994) of International Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Teaching and research in international business, international management, foreign market entry strategies, and international business policy.

Anheuser Busch Term Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1984-1990. Teaching and research in international business, international management, and foreign market entry strategies.

Associate Professor of International Business, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 1981 - 1984. Teaching and research in international business, international management, and international business policy.

Senior Economist, Fondation pour la Nouvelle Economie Politique, Paris, France, 1979 - 1981.

Expert, United Nations, Office of Technical Cooperation, 1977 - 1979.

Economist, Office of Research, Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Maryland, 1972 - 1977. Applied economic analysis to issues relevant to the Maryland economy.

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Research interests

 I apply transaction cost theory to the study of international business institutions, and in particular the multinational enterprise. I research the determinants of the mode of foreign market entry, such as contracts (licensing, franchising) and equity modes, and in particular equity joint ventures.


  • International Management
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Strategic Management
  • Corporate Policy And Strategy

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Jean-Francois Hennart is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Multinational enterprises Business & Economics
Transaction cost theory Business & Economics
Joint ventures Business & Economics
Internationalization Business & Economics
Bundling Business & Economics
Assets Business & Economics
Firm-specific advantages Business & Economics
Transaction costs Business & Economics

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 1977 2019

The myth of the stay-at-home family firm: How family-managed SMEs can overcome their internationalization limitations

Hennart, J-F., Majocchi, A. & Forlani, E., Jul 2019, In : Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS). 50, 5, p. 758-782

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Family firms

Springing from where? How emerging market firms become multinational enterprises

Hennart, J-F., 2018, In : International Journal of Emerging Markets. 13, 3, p. 568-585

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Multinational enterprises
Emerging market firms

Openness, international champions, and the internationalization of Multilatinas

Hennart, J-F., Sheng, H. H. & Carrera, J. M., Jun 2017, In : Journal of World Business. 52, 4, p. 518-532

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Multinational enterprises
Latin American countries

What drives cross-border M&As in commercial banking?

Galamhussen, M., Hennart, J-F. & Pinheiro, C. M., Nov 2016, In : Journal of Banking and Finance. 72, p. S6-S18

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Commercial banking
Commercial banks
Financial markets
Gravity model

Commentary: Why and how can Multinational Enterprises be value-creating organizations?

Hennart, J-F., Oct 2015, In : Journal of World Business. 50, 4, p. 623-626 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorScientificpeer-review

Projects 1998 2005

Foreign investment as an entry mode and post-entry behavior in Eastern Europe

Sels, A. T. H. & Hennart, J.


Project: Research project

Governance choice in strategic alliances

Eapen, A. & Hennart, J.


Project: Research project

Liberating Homo Economicus: The case of the open source software

Powell, J. P. & Hennart, J.


Project: Research project

The formation and performance of strategic alliances

Cunha, P. A. M. F. V. & Hennart, J.


Project: Research project

Studies on entry modes

Slangen, A. H. L., Barkema, H. G. & Hennart, J.


Project: Research project