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SONJA OPPER

SONJA OPPER
Full Professor
Department of Management and Technology

Courses a.y. 2022/2023

30574 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN CHINA
30576 INSTITUTIONS AND GLOBAL STRATEGY

Courses previous a.y.

My teaching is closely linked with my ongoing research activities.
Business Management in China (30574): This course builds a comprehensive understanding of China’s unique economic reform strategy and business environment, and explores related company strategies.
Institutions and Global Strategy (30576): This course highlights company strategies tailored to diverse institutional settings and the specific challenges that emerge for international corporations operating in foreign host environments.


Biographical note

I am Professor of Global Strategy and Institutions. I received my PhD in economics from the University of Tubingen (Germany). Before joining Bocconi, I was the Gad Rausing Professor of International Economics and Business at the Department of Economics at Lund University, Sweden (2005-2020). My research is about how individual effort and local institutions contribute to some businesses being much more successful than others.


Research interests

My current research explores patterns of institutional change, the interplay between social networks and institutions, and social heuristics of strategic decisions. Most of my empirical research is set in transition and emerging economies—such as China’s economy—which offer a natural laboratory for the study of social and institutional change. In my research I combine different methodologies such as standard manager and company surveys, laboratory experiments and social network analysis.


Selected Publications

Burt, Ronald S.; Opper, Sonja; Holm, Hakan J.
Cooperation beyond the network
ORGANIZATION SCIENCE, 9999

Opper, Sonja; Burt, Ronald S.
Social network and temporal myopia
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2021

Opper, Sonja; Nee, Victor; Holm, Håkan J.
Risk aversion and guanxi activities: a behavioral analysis of CEOs in China
ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2017