Charles E. Stevens, Ph.D., holds the Thomas J. Campbell '80 Professorship


The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A
The Ohio State University, B.A.
The Ohio State University, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Global strategy
Political risk
Legitimacy & stakeholder perceptions
East Asian business & management issues

Professor Stevens joined the Lehigh faculty in 2013 and is also the Co-Director of the International Business Certificate program. Prior to coming to Lehigh, Stevens served as an assistant professor at the College of Business, University of Wyoming. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for the Ichimiya Corporation in Niihama, Japan. He has also been a visiting faculty fellow at Nihon University College of Economics, in Tokyo.

Charlie Stevens’ research interests include global strategy, political risk, liability of foreignness, and East Asian business and management issues. He has published papers on these topics in journals that include Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Operations Management, and Journal of Management. He is also on the editorial review board of Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of World Business.


  • Makarius, E., & Stevens, C. (2019) Drivers of collective human capital flow: The impact of reputation and labor market conditions. Journal of Management, 45(3): 1145-1172.
  • Newenham-Kahindi, A., & Stevens, C. (2018) An institutional logics approach to liability of foreignness: The case of mining MNEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of International Business Studies, 49(7): 881-901.
  • Mukherjee, D., Makarius, E., & Stevens, C. (2018) Business group reputation and affiliates’ internationalization strategies. Journal of World Business, 53(2): 93-103
  • Makarius, E., Stevens C., & Tenhiälä, A. (2017) Anchor or stepping stone? The relationship between corporate reputation and voluntary turnover. Organization Studies, 38(12): 1665-1686
  • Stevens, C., & Newenham-Kahindi, A. (2017) Legitimacy spillovers and political risk: The case of FDI in the East African Community. Global Strategy Journal, 7(1): 10-35.
  • Stevens, C., Xie, E., & Peng, M. (2016) Toward a legitimacy-based view of political risk: The case of Google and Yahoo in China. Strategic Management Journal, 37(5): 945-963.
  • Lebedev, S., Peng, M., Xie, E., & Stevens, C. (2015) Mergers and acquisitions in and out of emerging economies. Journal of World Business, 50(4): 651-662.
  • Stevens, C., Makarius, E., Mukherjee, D. (2015) It takes two to tango: Signaling behavioral intent in service multinationals’ foreign entry strategies. Journal of International Management, 21(3): 235-248.
  • Stevens, C., & Makarius, E. (2015) Overcoming information asymmetry in foreign entry strategy: The impact of reputation. Global Strategy Journal, 5: 256-272.
  • Stevens, C., Kidwell, R., & Sprague, R. (2015) Bound by Laws, or by Values? A Multi-Level and Cross-National Approach to Understanding the Protection of Minority Owners in Family Firms. Corporate Governance: An International Review 23(3): 203-215.
  • Kistruck, G., Morris, S., Webb, J., & Stevens, C. (2015) The importance of client heterogeneity in predicting make-or-buy decisions. Journal of Operations Management, 33-34: 97-110.
  • Stevens, C., & Dykes, B. (2013) The home country cultural determinants of firms’ foreign market entry timing strategies. Long Range Planning, 46: 387-410.
  • Stevens, C., & Shenkar, O. (2012) The liability of home: Institutional friction and firm disadvantage abroad. Advances in International Management, 25: 127-148.
  • Stevens, C., & Cooper, J. (2010). A behavioral theory of governments’ ability to make credible commitments to firms: The case of the East Asian paradox. Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 27(4): 587-610.