Catherine Magelssen

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

BS (UC Berkeley) PhD (Rutgers)

Dr Catherine Magelssen studies multinational firm strategy, with particular interests in intra-firm structure, internal versus external firm contracting relationships, and firm response to environmental shocks. Her research examines the different ways in which multinational firms organize and allocate ownership rights to their strategic assets inside the firm and the implications for firm knowledge sharing and innovation. A related stream of research focuses on firm contracting and understanding the differences between internal and external contracting.

Dr Magelssen is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. She holds a PhD from Rutgers University and a BS from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining academia, she worked as an economic consultant where she managed global transfer pricing projects, advised multinational firms on the structuring of intra-firm relationships, valued intangible assets, and helped firms integrate global operations post-acquisition.

Research and Awards


  • Academy of Management, IM Division Best Dissertation Award entitled “D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University Best Dissertation Award”

  • Alan M. Rugman Young Scholar Award (Haynes Prize) for most promising scholar under 40 years old

  • 2015 Nominated – INFORMS Best Dissertation Award, TIMES

  • 2015 Nominated – Academy of Management, IM Division Best Dissertation Award

  • 2015 Nominated – Peter J. Buckley and Mark Casson AIB Dissertation Award

  • 2012 Rutgers University Dissertation Fellowship

  • 2012 Rutgers University Summer Research Scholarship (Competitive)

  • 2012 Dean’s Competition for Summer Research Funding (Competitive)

  • 2011 Finalist, Temple Academy of International Business Best Paper Award

2019

Allocation of property rights and technological innovation within firms

Magelssen C

Strategic Management Journal 2019 Online first

Outsourcing and insourcing of organizational activities: the role of outsourcing process mechanisms

Damanpour F; Magelssen C; Walker R M

Public Management Review 2019 Online first

2015

Learning from outsourcing: the effects of outsourcing strategy on organizational efficiency

Magelssen C; Sanchez F; Damanpour F

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings 2015

2012

Adoption cycle of managerial innovation: Effects of innovation social status and transaction costs

Damanpour F; Magelssen C

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings 2012

Initiation, implementation and complexity of managerial innovation

Damanpour F; Chiu H; Magelssen C

in Pitsis T S, Simpson A and Dehlin E, Handbook of organizational and managerial innovation, Edward-Elgar Press, 2012

2010

Early adopters and radical regulatory reform in India: first in line for trade protection

Feinberg S; Magelssen C; Smith M

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings 2010

2008

Modelling risk

Curd R; Hart R; Magelssen C

Euromoney ITR Intellectual Property Guide