Research/Areas of Interest:

Competitive Strategy; Corporate Political Strategies; Emerging Markets; International Business; Strategic Planning


Rodrigo B DeMello, PhD is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Girard School of Business, Merrimack College, in Massachusetts. At Fletcher, Dr. DeMello is a Visiting Associate Professor specialized in business in Latin America. Dr. DeMello is also a visiting professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at the University Paris Dauphine, France. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School, UPENN, and at the Political Science Department of the MIT.

His research interests include the relationship between businesses and politics and, in particular, how this relationship affects the strategies and the competitive advantage of both domestic and foreign multinationals. More specifically, his work delves into corporate political and social ties, forms of state capitalism, the genesis and growth of business groups, and the impact of elections on corporate investments. His research has received several international awards, including Best Paper in Emerging Markets by the European International Business Association, and top 10 finalist for the best paper award by the Strategic Management Society.

During more than twenty years of continuous teaching, Dr. DeMello has accumulated an extensive experience in teaching a diverse set of students, from undergraduate and graduate students to C-level executives, in Latin America, Europe and in the United States.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
International Business

Selected Publications and Presentations

“Financial Dimension of Internationalization: Serving Two Masters,” with Jeferson Lana, Rosilene Marcon, and Wlamir Xavier, Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, vol. 17, issue 2, pp. 305-320, 2017.

“Political Strategy and Business Group Growth,” with Gama Marina. Revista de Adminitracao USP. Accepted for publication on Jun 28, 2017.

“Business Group Internationalization: Choosing a Host Country According to Institutional Distance,” with Marina Gama, Jeferson Lana, and Cyntia Calixto, RBGN Review of Business Management, Vol. 18, issue 61, pp. 327-347, 2016.

“Unpacking the Ambidexterity Implementation Process in the Internationalization of Emerging Market Multinationals,” with Maria Tereza Fleury, Carlos Aveline, and Marina Gama, Journal of Business Research, vol. 69, issue 6, pp. 2005-2017. 2016.

“What Do Development Banks Do? Evidence From Brazil, 2002-2009,” with Sergio Lazzarini, Aldo Musacchio, and Rose Marcon, World Development, vol. 66, pp. 237–253, 2015.

“Do Institutions Matter in Latin America?” with David Kallas, Carlos Caldeira, and Rosilene Marcon, European Business Review, vol. 27, pp. 124-147, 2015.

“Institutional Environment and Business Group Resilience in Brazil,” with Wlamir Xavier and Rose Marcon, Journal of Business Research, vol. 67, issue 5, pp. 900–907, 2014.

“Managerial Action and Sense-making in e-Learning Implementation in Brazilian Business Schools,” with Angilberto Freitas, Computers & Education, vol. 59, issue 4, pp. 1286-1299, 2012.

“Unpacking Researchers’ Creativity and Imagination in Grounded Theorizing: An Exemplar From IS Research,” with Marlei Pozzebon, Maira Petri, and Lionel Garreau, Information and Organization, v. 21, issue 4, pp. 177-193, 2011.