Dr Rui Torres de Oliveira

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Doctor of Business Administration (Alliance Manchester Business School)

After more than 18 years in the industry, ten as a C-Level manager, I decided to become an academic. I have lived and worked in 4 different counties and spend eight years in China as Managing Director of multinational European firms.

My research interests are: International New Ventures; International Business; Strategy; Blockchains; Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

I keep engaging with the industry as a consultant and a researcher.

Additional information

18 Years of Industry experience – 10 Years as a C-Level Manager in the Real Estate and Financial industries.

I have worked in Europe for several years and for more than 7 years in China where I was the Managing Director for European Multinationals.

My research has been following three main areas:

The first relates to Open Innovation and in this field, I have published the following articles:

Gentile-Lüdecke, Torres de Oliveira, and Paul (2020); Torres de Oliveira, Gentile-Lüdecke, and Figueira (2021); Torres de Oliveira, Verreynne, Figueira, Indulska, and Steen (2020); (Torres de Oliveira, Verreynne, Steen, & Indulska, 2021); Verreynne, Torres de Oliveira, Steen, Indulska, and Ford (2020)

My second field of research relates to International Business with the following articles published: Figueira, Torres de Oliveira, Rottig, and Spigarelli (2020); Mukherjee, Torres de Oliveira, and Pore ; Oriaifo, Torres de Oliveira, and Ellis (2020); Ribeiro, Nguyen, Duarte, Torres de Oliveira, and Faustino (2020); Rottig, Muscarella, and Torres de Oliveira (2019); Rottig and Torres de Oliveira (2019); Torres de Oliveira and Figueira (2018, 2019); Torres de Oliveira, Figueira, and Crossin (2021); Torres de Oliveira, Indulska, and Zalan (2019, 2020); Torres de Oliveira, Nguyen, Liesch, Verreynne, and Indulska (2021); Torres de Oliveira and Rottig (2018a, 2018b); Torres de Oliveira, Sahasranamam, Figueira, and Paul (2020); Torres Oliveira, Menzies, Borgia, and Figueira (2017)

Another important field to me relates to the circular economy, blockchain, and leadership with the following articles published: Ajwani-Ramchandani, Figueira, Torres de Oliveira, and Jha (2021); Ajwani-Ramchandani, Figueira, Torres de Oliveira, Jha, et al. (2021); Ribeiro, Duarte, Filipe, and Torres de Oliveira (2020); Ribeiro, Nguyen, et al. (2020); Torres de Oliveira (2017); Torres De Oliveira, Indulska, Steen, and Verreynne (2020); Torres de Oliveira et al. (2019); Torres de Oliveira, Indulska, and Zalan (2020)


My articles also relate to teaching (Moeller, Crossin, & Torres de Oliveira, 2019).


Ajwani-Ramchandani, R., Figueira, S., Torres de Oliveira, R., & Jha, S. (2021). Enhancing the circular and modified linear economy: The importance of blockchain for developing economies. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 168, 105468.

Ajwani-Ramchandani, R., Figueira, S., Torres de Oliveira, R., Jha, S., Ramchandani, A., & Schuricht, L. (2021). Towards a circular economy for packaging waste by using new technologies: The case of large multinationals in emerging economies. Journal of Cleaner Production, 281, 125139.

Figueira, S., Torres de Oliveira, R., Rottig, D., & Spigarelli, F. (2020). Lessons on a novel integration approach of emerging market acquisitions in developed countries. International Journal of Emerging Markets.

Gentile-Lüdecke, S., Torres de Oliveira, R., & Paul, J. (2020). Does organizational structure facilitate inbound and outbound open innovation in SMEs? Small Business Economics, 55(4), 1091-1112.

Moeller, M., Crossin, C., & Torres de Oliveira, R. (2019). An Immersion into Global Assignment Destinations. In The Palgrave Handbook of Learning and Teaching International Business and Management (pp. 259-277): Springer.

Mukherjee, K., Torres de Oliveira, R., & Pore, A. The detour of US firms towards Vietnam at the expense of China: A business system analysis.

Oriaifo, J., Torres de Oliveira, R., & Ellis, K. M. (2020). Going above and beyond: How intermediaries enhance change in emerging economy institutions to facilitate small to medium enterprise development. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 14(3), 501-531.

Ribeiro, N., Duarte, A. P., Filipe, R., & Torres de Oliveira, R. (2020). How authentic leadership promotes individual creativity: The mediating role of affective commitment. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 27(2), 189-202.

Ribeiro, N., Nguyen, T., Duarte, A. P., Torres de Oliveira, R., & Faustino, C. (2020). How managerial coaching promotes employees’ affective commitment and individual performance. International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management.

Rottig, D., Muscarella, S., & Torres de Oliveira, R. (2019). Managing formal institutional challenges when entering Cuba. International Journal of Emerging Markets.

Rottig, D., & Torres de Oliveira, R. (2019). International expansion of Chinese emerging market multinational corporations to developed markets: a qualitative analysis of post-acquisition and integration strategies. In Chinese acquisitions in developed countries (pp. 37-53): Springer.

Torres de Oliveira, R. (2017). Institutions, Middleman, and Blockchains–Shuffle and Re-Start. Available at SSRN 3027633.

Torres de Oliveira, R., & Figueira, S. (2018). The specificities of interviewing in China. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal.

Torres de Oliveira, R., & Figueira, S. (2019). How China’s business system works. The savvy investor’s guide for doing business in China:, 1-1.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Figueira, S., & Crossin, C. (2021). Stepping Outside the Box: China’s Joyson Group’s Unique Approach to M&A.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Gentile-Lüdecke, S., & Figueira, S. (2021). Barriers to innovation and innovation performance: the mediating role of external knowledge search in emerging economies. Small Business Economics, 1-22.

Torres De Oliveira, R., Indulska, M., Steen, J., & Verreynne, M.-L. (2020). Towards a framework for innovation in retailing through social media. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 54.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Indulska, M., & Zalan, T. (2019). Blockchain and the multinational enterprise. Review of International Business and Strategy.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Indulska, M., & Zalan, T. (2020). Guest editorial: Blockchain and the multinational enterprise: Progress, challenges and future research avenues. Review of International Business and Strategy, 30(2), 145-161.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Nguyen, T., Liesch, P., Verreynne, M.-L., & Indulska, M. (2021). Exporting to escape and learn: Vietnamese manufacturers in global value chains. Journal of World Business, 56(4), 101227.

Torres de Oliveira, R., & Rottig, D. (2018a). Chinese acquisitions of developed market firms: home semi-formal institutions and a supportive partnering approach. Journal of Business Research, 93, 230-241.

Torres de Oliveira, R., & Rottig, D. (2018b). Managing emerging market acquisitions in Europe: integrating the acquisition of the German Preh GmbH by the Chinese Joyson Group. Doing business in Europe (3rd edition).[3rd ed.].

Torres de Oliveira, R., Sahasranamam, S., Figueira, S., & Paul, J. (2020). Upgrading without formal integration in M&A: the role of social integration. Global Strategy Journal, 10(3), 619-652.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Verreynne, M.-L., Figueira, S., Indulska, M., & Steen, J. (2020). How do institutional innovation systems affect open innovation? Journal of Small Business Management, 1-45.

Torres de Oliveira, R., Verreynne, M.-L., Steen, J., & Indulska, M. (2021). Creating value by giving away: A typology of different innovation revealing strategies. Journal of Business Research, 127, 137-150.

Torres Oliveira, R., Menzies, J., Borgia, D., & Figueira, S. (2017). Outward foreign direct investment from emerging countries: theoretical extension and evidence from China. The International Trade Journal, 31(5), 402-428.

Verreynne, M.-L., Torres de Oliveira, R., Steen, J., Indulska, M., & Ford, J. A. (2020). What motivates ‘free’revealing? Measuring outbound non-pecuniary openness, innovation types and expectations of future profit growth. Scientometrics, 124(1), 271-301.


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