Dr Jacqueline Mees-Buss

Dr Jacqueline Mees-Buss

  • B(Lit) Spanish Language and Literature, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (The Netherlands)
  • MScBA Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • PhD (International Business) University of Sydney (Australia)
Business School
School of Management and Governance

Prior to joining academia, Jacqueline worked as a senior executive for large multinational corporations - primarily Unilever - in the Netherlands, South Korea, the Philippines, Germany and Australia, and as an independent consultant for companies such as CBA, Westpac, Lendlease, and Colgate Palmolive. Her main motivation to exchange an international business career for doing a PhD and joining academia, was a deep unease with the lack of theories and tools she had as a practitioner to respond to the big challenges of the 21st century. 

Jacqueline's research focusses on contributing to our understanding of the evolving role of large multinational corporations in shaping our society. More specifically, to excavate the underlying systemic forces that shape our current reality, in order to help international managers to make better choices for the future. Without a better understanding of the complex mechanisms that perpetuate climate change, inequality, loss of biodiversity etc., these powerful institutions may unknowingly continue to exacerbate these problems (or create new ones) despite sincere commitments to being a force for good. 

Level 5, Rm553 UNSW Business School
  • Book Chapters | 2024
    Mees-Buss J, 2024, 'THE SOCIETAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF CORPORATIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: FOUR TYPES OF CHALLENGES, FOUR TYPES OF STRATEGIES', in Progress in International Business Research, pp. 89 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1745-886220240000018006
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Mees-Buss J; Welch C, 2014, 'Taming a wicked problem? Unilever's interpretations of corporate social responsibility 2000-2012', in , pp. 265 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1745-8862(2013)0000008017
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Gioia D; Corley K; Eisenhardt K; Feldman M; Langley A; Lê J; Golden-Biddle K; Locke K; Mees-Buss J; Piekkari R; Ravasi D; Rerup C; Schmid T; Silverman D; Welch C, 2022, 'A Curated Debate: On Using “Templates” in Qualitative Research', Journal of Management Inquiry, 31, pp. 231 - 252, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10564926221098955
    Journal articles | 2022
    Mees-Buss J; Welch C; Piekkari R, 2022, 'From Templates to Heuristics: How and Why to Move Beyond the Gioia Methodology', Organizational Research Methods, 25, pp. 405 - 429, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1094428120967716
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mees-Buss J; Welch C; Westney DE, 2019, 'What happened to the transnational? The emergence of the neo-global corporation', Journal of International Business Studies, 50, pp. 1513 - 1543, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41267-019-00253-5
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mees-Buss J; Welch C, 2019, 'Managerial Ideologies Dividing the Corporate Elite: A process study of the rise and fall of a counter-ideology', Organization Studies, 40, pp. 563 - 592, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840617747920
  • Conference Presentations | 2020
    Bhakoo V; Koehler T; Le JK; Lerman M; Mees-Buss J; Mmbaga NA; Piekkari R; Schmid T; Smith AD; Welch CL, 2020, 'Templates in Qualitative Research Methods: Origins, Limitations, and New Directions', Vol. 2020, pp. 14576 - 14576, http://dx.doi.org/10.5465/ambpp.2020.14576symposium

  • Gunnar Hedlund Award (2014 - 2016). The Gunnar Hedlund award is an international prize, awarded to the PhD thesis that in the opinion of the jury has the greatest potential to impact the field of International Business. Awarded thesis: Multinationals in Transition. Unilever's response to the demand for corporate social responsibility in a changing world.

  • Associate consultant for One Stone Advisors. One Stone Advisors is a B-Corp advising large corporations on how to incorporate the United Nations SDGs into their core strategy. Clients include Carlsberg, Kimberly Clark, Ericsson, and closer to home, the Sydney Opera House. 
  • Specialist Coach for Impact Consulting. Impact Consulting is a platform initiated by one of my former students, linking talented young graduates as consultants to socially conscious organizations and start-ups.

My Teaching

My teaching is focused on helping students think through complex problems. Problems they may not be able to solve, but they can make them better. Sometimes through experimentation, sometimes through collaboration, certainly not always through competition. 

In the past, I have taught both under-, and postgraduate courses in Ethical decision-making in international business and have designed and coordinated a number of work-integrated learning courses at the University of Sydney. I bring this expertise into the courses I'm currently responsible for at UNSW:

  • COMM1900: Organizations in their Environment
  • MGMT5610: Integrative Cases in International Business