Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer


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Dr Stefan Zagelmeyer is Reader in Comparative and International Business at Alliance Manchester Business School, Manchester, UK. 

Stefan has spent more than half of his life in higher education and research in more than 10 countries on five continents. He has held appointments at Manchester School of Management (UK), Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), Turku School of Economics (Finland), University of Twente (the Netherlands) and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). 

He is author of numerous publications in academic and practitioner-oriented journals. His research contributions fall into the four areas of a) international business strategy, b) comparative business and management, c) international human resource management, and d) business and human rights. Recent research is geared at innovation systems, company responses to the global financial crisis, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and business and human rights.

Dr Zagelmeyer has worked as researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and at the German Economic Institute, Germany. He also worked as an external consultant for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin, Ireland), the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium) and the International Labour Organization (Geneva, Switzerland). In addition, he has worked as trainer for several multinational enterprises.

Dr Zagelmeyer has studied ‘Economics and Social Sciences’ (equivalent to MSc in Economics)  at the University of Cologne (Germany) and ‘Industrial Relations & Personnel Management’ (MSc Econ) at the London School of Economics (United Kingdom). He received his Ph.D. (Dr. rer-pol.) in economics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. In 2014, he was awarded the title of professor to be retained for life by the state government of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Research interests

  • Comparative management
  • Comparative capitalisms/business systems
  • International and comparative human resource management
  • Strategic human resource management 
  • Employee involvement and participation
  • International labour standards
  • Business and human rights 

Further information

Motivation Motto and Guiding Principles

“Felix, qui potest rerum cognoscere causas” (Virgil) - “Fortunate is s/he, who is able to know the causes of things”. In my position, I am privileged in many different ways: I am allowed to observe, to explore, to think, to ask questions, to discuss, to challenge and to learn in the quest for understanding, knowledge and truth. In our academic field it is not possible to do this in an ivory tower or golden cage. You have to be out there in the field, talking to people and exchanging ideas with like-minded people. I invite you to join me in that colourful and exiting journey. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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