Jennifer Spencer

Title: Associate Professor of International Business
Department: International Business
Address: Funger Hall 401D
Phone: (202) 994-9858
Office Hours: Spring 2014: By appointment



Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1997

B.S., Georgetown University, 1992


Professor Spencer received her B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She has taught international business and corporate strategy at the University of Minnesota, University of Houston, and George Washington University.

Professor Spencer's expertise lays in international corporate strategy, with a focus on the global technology strategies of firms in high technology industries, knowledge spillovers between firms, international entrepreneurship, and multinational enterprises' investments into developing countries. She has published articles in the top journals in the management, strategy, and international business fields, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Journal of International Business Studies.

Knowledge spillovers from multinational enterprises, Knowledge diffusion and knowledge sharing, International entrepreneurship, Emergence of high technology industries

Teaching Interests:
International Business, International Corporate Strategy.

Current Areas of Research:
Commercialization of New High Technology Product, National Systems of Innovation, National Institutional Environments Supporting Entrepreneurial Activity.


Vasudeva, Gurneeta, Jennifer W. Spencer and Hildy Teegen. 2012. The Impact of Corporatism on Technology Alliance Formation and Knowledge Acquisition. Organization Science. Published online before print: March 15, 2012, doi:10.1287/orsc.1120.0743.

Spencer, Jennifer and Carolina Gomez. 2011. MNEs and Corruption: The Impact of National Institutions and Subsidiary Strategy. Strategic Management Journal. 32 (3): 280-300.

"The strategic response of business group affiliates in emerging markets increased inward FDI," Ayyagari, Meghana, Dau, Luis, Specner, Jennifer W., Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, 2009.

"The Impact of Multinational Enterprise Strategy on Indigenous Enterprises: Horizontal Spillovers and Crowding out in Developing Countries," Academy of Management Review, 33(2) 341-361.

Spencer, Jennifer W. 2007. The Impact of Multinational Enterprise Strategy on Indigenous Enterprises: Horizontal Spillovers and Crowding out in Developing Countries. Academy of Management Review (33).

Spencer, Jennifer W., Thomas P. Murtha and Stefanie A. Lenway.2005. "How Governments Matter to New Industry Creation." Academy of Management Review.30(2):321.

Spencer, Jennifer W. and Carolina Gomez. 2004. "The Relationship Among National Institutional Structures, Economic Factors, and Domestic Entrepreneurial Activity: A Multi-Country Study." Journal of Business Research. 57(10):1098.

Spencer, Jennifer W. 2003. "Global Gatekeeping, Representation, and Network Structure: A Longitudinal Analysis of Regional and Global Knowledge-Diffusion Networks." Journal of International Business Studies. 34(5): 428-442.

Spencer, Jennifer W. 2003. "Firms' Knowledge-Sharing Strategies in the Global Innovation System: Empirical Evidence from the Global Flat Panel Display Industry. Strategic Management Journal. 24: 217-233.

Spencer, Jennifer W. 2001. "How Relevant is University-Based Scientific Research to Private High Technology Firms? A U.S.-Japan Comparison." Academy of Management Journal. 44 (2) 432-440.

Busenitz, Lowell, Carolina Gomez, and Jennifer W. Spencer. 2000. "Country Institutional Profiles: Unlocking Entrepreneurial Phenomena." Academy of Management Journal. 43 (5) 994-1003.

Spencer, Jennifer W. 2000. "Knowledge Flows in the Global Innovation System: Do US Firms Share More Scientific Knowledge than their Japanese Rivals?" Journal of International Business Studies. 31 (3) 521-530.

Murtha, Thomas P., Jennifer Wynne Spencer, and Stefanie Ann Lenway. 1996. "Moving Targets: National Industrial Strategies and Embedded Innovation in the Global Flat Panel Display Industry." Advances in Strategic Management, Volume 13, p.247-282.