Professor Marjorie Lyles receives honorary doctorate

Marjorie Lyles, professor of international strategic management, has received an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

The school announced two researchers will receive the honor, saying they’ve made “remarkable contributions to research, dissemination and teaching."

Receiving the honor with Lyles is Professor Glenn W. Harrison of Georgia State University. The honorary doctors work closely with one or more departments at CBS, and representatives say this announcement encourages more future cooperation as well. Lyles has worked with researchers at CBS on several papers and has served as a visiting scholar there.

“In terms of trying to situate the work of Professor Lyles, what particularly stands out for me is the timeliness of the issues she has concerned herself with. In 1985, she jointly authored a ground-breaking article on organizational learning, at a time when the notion that social systems like organizations can learn in similar ways to individuals and other biological systems, was really not widely accepted. She similarly initiated work at an early stage on international joint ventures, China, and other emerging economies, putting her at the forefront of academic research in these area. So I would characterize her work as not only being timely, but also being of outstanding depth and breadth,” says Professor Michael Mol, head of Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at CBS.

This year, Lyles celebrates 40 years since beginning her acclaimed teaching and research career. She is also a Chancellor’s Professor and the OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration at the Kelley School. Her research focuses on emerging markets, global strategic management, organizational learning, strategic planning systems and cooperative strategies. She has presented and authored more than 100 papers and chapters on international business and strategic management.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive an honorary doctorate from Copenhagen Business School," said Lyles. “Those who have received this honor before me are leaders in the areas of international business and strategy. I look forward to continuing to represent the Indiana University Kelley School of Business on an international level.”

“As one who is active in international business scholarship, I can personally speak to the seminal impact Marjorie has had on the literature. She is a revered global thought leader and a devoted mentor of younger scholars. We are proud to have such a brilliant and impactful researcher as part of the Kelley faculty team at IUPUI,” said Phil Powell, associate dean of academic programs at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis.

“Marjorie Lyles is a stand-out leader in international business education. She has helped to grow the Kelley School’s reputation as an international school," said Ken Carow, executive associate dean of faculty and research at the Kelley School in Indianapolis. "Her leadership in the international arena enhances our research, which is translated to students and the greater business community as a whole, and it puts Kelley on the front edges of national and international collaborations.”

For more information on the honorary doctorate, click here.