Sorin Krammer

Associate Professor of International Business and Innovation

+44 (0) 113 343 2513
Academic, Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds (CIBUL), International Business
Room 2.09, 10-12 Crommer Terrace


Ph.D. (Economics), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.

M.Sc. (International Economics) Kiel Institute for World Economics, Kiel, Germany.

M.Sc. (Strategic Management), Technical University of Timisoara, Romania.


Sorin Krammer is Associate Professor in International Business and Innovation at Leeds University Business School. Prior to joining LUBS, Sorin was Assistant Professor in International Economics and Business at University of Groningen, held a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate position at MIT Sloan School of Management (Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy group) and a Visiting Scholar position with Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).


In addition to academia, Sorin was also involved as an expert consultant in several World Bank projects dealing with innovation and international competitiveness (of regions and sectors) in less-developed countries.


Assistant Professor of International Economics and Business, Global Economics and Management Department, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands. 2010-2016

Visiting Research Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), Stanford, CA, USA. April-June 2010.

Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate, MIT Sloan School of Management and NBER, Cambridge, MA, USA. 2009-2010.



Sorin’s research interests lie in the broad area of Innovation with a specific focus on strategic implications and cross-border aspects, and expertise at both macro (i.e., countries, regions, industries) and micro (i.e., firms) level. His work has appeared in journals such as Journal of Management, Research Policy, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Technological Forecasting and Change, and Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, and has been acknowledged at various international conferences such as the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Strategic Management Society, DRUID, and others. Sorin is a member of the Editorial Boards for two leading journals in the fields of International Business (Journal of World Business) and respectively, Technology and Innovation Management (Technological Forecasting and Social Change).”


Research awards

Winner of the Alan M. Rugman Prize for the Most Promising Scholar in International Business. The Academy of International Business and the Eldridge Haynes Memorial Trust. Vancouver, Canada, 2014.

Winner of a Summer Research Fellowship, American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Great Barrington, MA, 2012.

Winner of the Robert Solow Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cournot Centre for Economic Research, Paris, France, 2009.


PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:

Innovation and internationalization

Inter-firm strategic alliances

Non market strategies

Institutions and organisations


At Leeds University Business School:

- LUBS 5293M: Understanding your Discipline (Ph.D.)

- LUBS 5217: Globalization of Innovation (M.Sc.)

- LUBS 5906: Research Methods for International Business (M.Sc.)

- LUBS 5199: International Business Dissertation (M.Sc.)

- LUBS 2400: International Economic Environment (B.Sc.) *

- LUBS 3805: International Business Management (B.Sc.) *

- Thesis Supervision: M.Sc. IB and B.Sc. IB

- Tutoring: M.Sc. and B.Sc. IB students

(* Module leader)


At University of Groningen:

- Research Paper for International Economics and Business (B.Sc.) *

- Economics of Strategy (B.Sc.) *

- Foreign Direct Investment and Trade (M.Sc.) *

- Firm Organization Theory (B.Sc.) *

- Research Methods I for International Economics and Business (B.Sc.) *

- M.Sc. IB Thesis Supervision

- B.Sc. IB Thesis Supervision

- Tutoring: B.Sc. Economics students

(* Course coordinator)


Teaching Awards

Top 5 most valuated lecturers at University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, 2011. Course: Research Methods I for Economics and Business.




Krammer, M.S.S., (forthcoming).  A double-edged sword? The antipodal effects of institutional distance on partner selection in cross-border alliances. [Journal of World Business XX: xxx-xxx] IF: 3.993

Krammer, M.S.S., (forthcoming).  Greasing the wheels of change: bribery, institutions, and new product introductions in emerging markets. [Journal of Management XX: xxx-xxx]  -IF: 7.733

Krammer, M.S.S., Strange R., and A. Lashitew (forthcoming).  The export performance of emerging economy firms: The influence of firm capabilities and institutional environments. [International Business Review XX: xxx-xxx] - IF: 2.476

Krammer, M.S.S., (forthcoming).  Science, technology, and innovation for economic competitiveness: The role of smart specialization in less-developed countries. [Technological Forecasting and Social Change XX: xxx–xxx] - IF: 2.625

 Krammer, M.S.S., 2016. “The role of diversification profiles and dyadic characteristics in technology sharing: Differences between exploitation   and exploration alliances in a low-tech industry” [Research Policy 45: 517-532] IF: 4.495

Krammer, M.S.S., 2015. “Do good institutions enhance the effect of technological spillovers on productivity? Comparative evidence from developed and transition economies” [Technological Forecasting and Social Change 94:133-154] - IF: 1.959

Krammer, M.S.S., 2014. “Assessing the relative importance of multiple channels for embodied and disembodied technological spillovers” [Technological Forecasting and Social Change 81: 272–286] - IF: 1.959

Krammer, M.S.S., 2010. “International R&D spillovers in emerging markets: the impact of trade and foreign direct investment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” [Journal of International Trade and Economic Development 19 (4): 591 - 623] – IF: 0.458

Krammer, M.S.S., 2009. “Drivers of national innovation in transition: Evidence from a panel of Eastern European countries”[Research Policy 38: 845-860] (2009) – 2.983


Books / Chapters

Ben Ali M.S., Krammer, M.S.S., 2015. “Institutions and Economic Development in MENA countries” in Economic development in the Middle East and North Africa, Editor: M.S. Ben Ali (Qatar University). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-1374-8646-2.

Krammer, M.S.S., 2015. “Innovation policies as engines of economic growth: standard lessons and systemic insights for Bulgaria” in The Economics of Knowledge, Innovation and Systemic Technology Policy, Editors: F. Crespi and F. Quantraro. Routlege. ISBN 978-0-203-79507-1.


Conference Presentations (recent)

University College London (UCL)- CCSEE, Conference “Exploring Technology Upgrading in Emerging and Transition Economies: From ‘Shifting Wealth I’ to “Shifting Wealth II’?”. London, UK, June 2017.

Groningen Collaboration for Innovation Conference.“International collaboration for innovation”. Groningen, The Netherlands, September 2016.

Academy of International Business. 3 presentations: “Overcoming Institutional Voids in Africa”; “International Expansion and Firm Capabilities in Emerging Markets”; “New Frontiers in Policy Research for Innovation”, New Orleans LA, USA, June 2016.

MEIDE (Model Based Evidence on Innovation and Development). The National Research University, Higher School of Economics and UNU MERIT (The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology). “Framework conditions and firm performance”. Moscow, June 2016.

Romanian Diaspora in Higher Education and Research conference. National Ministry of Education and Research of Romania and University of the West Timisoara. Panel on Culture, Law and Economic Development. Presenter and member of the coordination team.

International Business and Strategy seminar, Henley Business School, University of Reading, Reading UK., November 2015.

2nd Meeting of Romanian Economists from Diaspora (ERMAS), Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, July 2015.

Academy of International Business. Session: “New perspectives on institutional distance”, Bangalore, India, June 2015.

ESNIE 2015, European School on New Institutional Economics, Cargesse, Corsica, France, May 2015.

1st Meeting of Romanian Economists from Diaspora (ERMAS), Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, August 18-22, 2014.

Academy of International Business. “Institutional Voids and Innovation”, Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.

Strategic Management Society (SMS) Special conference “Start up and restart strategies”, Tel-Aviv, Israel, March  2014.

Copenhagen Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Copenhagen Business School and Tilburg University, Skodsborg, Denmark, 17-19 January 2014.

1st Pavia Paper Development Workshop in International Business, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, September 2013.

Ratio Colloquium for Young Social Scientists, “Technological Discontinuities and Industrial Transformation”, Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, August 2013.

Academy of International Business. Sessions: “Corruption and Legitimacy”; “Managing Alliance Partners and Portfolios”, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2013.

35th DRUID Celebration Conference on “Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship”, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, 16-19 June 2013.

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conference (ECRC) on "Science dynamics and research systems: The role of research in meeting societal challenges", Madrid, Spain 8-9 April 2013.

10th GLOBELICS International Conference, Zhejiang University, Tongji University, Hangzhou, China, November 2012.

Romanian Education, Science and Research Diaspora Conference 2012, Bucharest, Romania, September 2012.

Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) and International Management (IM) Divisions. Paper presentations, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2012

2012 EU-SPRI (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation) Conference. Towards transformative governance? Responses to mission-oriented innovation policy paradigms. Fraunhofer ISI (Institute for Systems and Innovation Research), Karlsruhe, Germany June 11-13 2012.

American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) Summer Visiting Research Fellow, Great Barrington, MA, July 2012.

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