McDonough School of Business

Heather Berry

Heather Berry is Dean’s Professor of Strategy and International Business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She has previously been a faculty member at the George Washington University School of Business and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University, an M.Sc. in International and European Politics from Edinburgh University in Scotland and a Ph.D. with a joint degree in Strategy & Organization and International Business from the Anderson School at UCLA. Her dissertation won the Richard Farmer Best Dissertation Award at the Academy of International Business (AIB) and the Barry Richman Best Dissertation Award in the International Management Division of the Academy of Management (AoM).  Heather is a Special Sworn Employee at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and has been awarded several grants for her research (including an ASA/NSF/BEA Fellowship for her research using the BEA data). Prior to graduate school, she worked in several government positions on Capitol Hill, including Ways and Means Committee Associate in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

Heather’s research and teaching reflect her interest in strategic management and international business, especially the management of global activities and operations by multinational corporations. Through her research, she seeks to understand how the strategic and organizational choices multinational corporations make across product and geographic markets impact their success in each of these markets. Her research has been published in several of the top journals in strategic management and international business, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategy Science and the Strategic Management Journal.  She has received several best reviewer and best paper awards and she was selected (by students and faculty) to receive the George Washington University Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence in 2019. She also posts datasets from her published papers for other researchers to use (including nine dimensions of cross-national distance and the global product integration index, available here: (new window)).

Heather is a Senior Editor at Organization Science, and served two terms as Associate Editor at the Strategic Management Journal (from 2017-2022) and Consulting Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies (from 2017-2022). In May, 2018, she was elected to serve as an Officer of the Strategic Management (STR) Division in the Academy of Management for a five year term (from 2018-2023) and was previously elected to serve on the INFORMS College on Organization Science Executive Committee.  She is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business and she has organized many consortia, panels, conference tracks and full programs at the Academy of International Business, Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management annual conferences.