Mike Szymanski
Management Strategy and Management Global Business
Never, ever stop trying! “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better!” (Samuel Beckett)

Professor Szymanski’s research focuses on the areas of international business knowledge, strategic management, and global leadership, with a special interest in topics such as biculturalism, intercultural management, and diversity and performance strategies.

He is a co-author of several texts, including: “Embracing Organizational Trauma: Three Short Case Studies Illustrating Positive Effects of (Near) Death Experiences on Organizational Culture,” “Understanding Multiculturals as Ethical Global Leaders” and “The Subprime Crisis: economic consequences of emotion-driven actions.”

He has been a researcher and Assistant Professor at Peter B. Gustavson Business School at the University of Victoria (Canada). He has also collaborated as a strategic management consultant for PwC, BCG, and Deloitte.

    • Ph.D. in International Organizational and Management
      University of Victoria
    • M.A. in American Studies
      University of Warsaw
    • M.A.
      Warsaw School of Economics
  1. Szymanski, M., Fitzsimmons, S.R. & Danis, W (2019) "When Do Bicultural Managers Improve Organizational Performance: Evidence from Elite Football Team Performance". International Business Review, 28 (2) 305-315
  2. Kalra, K., Szymanski, M., & Olszewska, A (2018) "Do All Roads Lead to Global Leadership?". Advances in Global Leadership, 11 () 257-279
  3. Szymanski, M. & Kalra, K. (2019). Foreign Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and Biculturalism: A new theoretical avenue for organizational research. In. B. Christiansen (Ed.), Applied Psycholinguistics and Multilingual Cognition in Human Creativity. IGI Global.
  4. Szymanski, M. and Olszewska, A. (2018) To Teach Leadership Ethically or to Teach Ethical Leadership?: Leadership Education in the Polish Executive Education Context in Handbook of Research on Ethics, Entrepreneurship, and Governance in Higher Education. IGI Global.
  5. Szymanski, M. & Kalra, K (2018) Leadership and Followership: Lack of Congruence Among Theory, Practice, and Management Education in Global Business Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education. USM Press.
  6. Szymanski, M. & Schindler, E. 2017. Embracing Organizational Trauma: Three Short Case Studies Illustrating Positive Effects of (Near) Death Experiences on Organizational Culture. In: R. Brunet-Thornton (Ed.). Impact of Organizational Trauma on Workplace Behavior and Performance. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  7. Hrenyk, J., Szymanski, M., Kar, A. & Fitzsimmons, S. 2016. Understanding Multiculturals as Ethical Global Leaders. In: M. E. Mendenhall, J. Osland & M. Lee (Eds.), Advances in Global Leadership. Vol. 9; pp. 55-76.
  8. Czerwonka, M. & Szymanski, M. 2009. The Subprime Crisis - economic consequences of emotion-
  9. driven actions. The Journal of Finance and Management Sciences, 97:  65-80 (available in Polish only).
  10. Szymanski, M. & Wolfe, R. 2016. Strategic Management. In R. Hoye & M. M. Parent (Eds.), SAGE Handbook of Sport Management. New York City, NY: SAGE; pp. 24-38.
  11. Davies, A. & Szymanski, M. (forthcoming). A Match Made in (Eco)Heaven: How Tesla Became Norway’s #1 Selling Vehicle (Case Study). In G. Suder & J. Lindequ (Eds.), Doing Business in Europe, Third Edition. London, UK: SAGE.