Dr Christiaan Roell

Dr Christiaan Roell

Business School
School of Management and Governance

Christiaan Röell is a lecturer (assistant professor) in International Business at the UNSW Business School, Department of Management and Governance. His research is focused on the political strategies of multinationals in international environments, especially in Southeast Asia. He is interested in government affairs managers, and his research seeks to unpack corporate political strategizing. Christiaan's recent research focuses on how multinationals collaborate with government agencies to achieve the UN SDGs. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of World Business.


Business School Building (E12) Level 5 Room 542
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Osabutey E; Seny K; Konan S; Arndt F; Roell C, 2024, 'Technology transfer potential in local and foreign-owned firms in emerging economies', British Journal of Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12814
    Journal articles | 2024
    Roell C; Ozbilgin M; Arndt F, 2024, 'Covert allyship: Implementing LGBT policies in an adversarial context', Human Resource Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22223
    Journal articles | 2023
    Arndt F; Roell C; Kumar V, 2023, 'Mature MNE Subsidiaries in Emerging Markets: An Old Phenomenon with a New Research Agenda', AIB Insights, 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.46697/001c.72797
    Journal articles | 2022
    Röell C; Arndt F; Kumar V, 2022, 'A Blessing and a Curse: Institutional Embeddedness of Longstanding MNE Subsidiaries in Emerging Markets', Journal of Management Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12817
    Journal articles | 2022
    Röell C; Osabutey E; Rodgers P; Arndt F; Khan Z; Tarba S, 2022, 'Managing socio-political risk at the subnational level: Lessons from MNE subsidiaries in Indonesia', Journal of World Business, 57, pp. 101312 - 101312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2022.101312

SSHRC Insight grant 2023-25 'Overcoming adversity in cross-sector partnerships: A micro-level study of commitment. $95,278

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants SRG 2021-22 'Tackling grand challenges: cross-sectoral collaborations to contribute to the Sustainable Development
Goals' £10,000

Best paper award at the 6th Global Strategy and Emerging Markets (GSEM) conference in Vancouver (2022). Title: 'Sowing the Seeds for Political Influence: Aligning CSR Strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals'

Best Paper Award at the 38th Euro-Asia Management Studies Association's (EAMSA) annual conference (2022) in Tokyo 'Sowing the seeds for political influence: Incorporating the UN SDGs into the MNE’s nonmarket strategy'



Working papers

  • Covert allyship: Implementing LGBT+ policies in an adversarial context
  • Political strategies and the UN SDGs in emerging markets 
  • Constructing business-to-government relationships in emerging markets
  • From an authoritarian regime to a decentralized democracy: Nonmarket strategy in Indonesia
  • When stigma harms legitimacy: Managing the dynamics of stigmatization and legitimization of MNEs
  • Relocation and technology sourcing in the era of decoupling