Neli Loewenthall

Neli Loewenthall
Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of International Business
Department of International Business
Funger Hall
2201 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Neli Loewenthall is a visiting teaching assistant professor of International Business at the George Washington University School of Business. Her research interests lie at the intersection of non-market strategy, institutional change and disruptive technology. Her doctoral dissertation, distinguished with the coveted “Buckley & Casson” Best Dissertation Award presented by the Academy of International Business, pertains to technology disruption and multinationals’ non-market strategies in emerging markets. The Best Dissertation Award recognizes research achievement in the joint importance of the international environment of business and firm strategies. Loewenthal’s research is relevant to designing public policy, strategy, and international business undergraduate and graduate courses.  

Prior to teaching, Loewenthal acquired practical experience as a strategic planning consultant to the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Small Business Office, where she led a data analytics team and revised the organization’s strategic plan. As a consultant at Accenture, Loewenthal had the opportunity to participate in corporate and IT strategy development and implementation of disruptive technology solutions. As a business consultant, Loewenthal has worked with business clients from around the world in variety of industries, including telecom, financial services, hospitality and consumer products.

  • Best Dissertation Award from the Academy of International Business, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017
  • European Union Center in the United States Research Award for research pertaining to energy policies, 2016
  • GW-CIBER Research Award for developing and executing proprietary factorial survey of 300 executives, 2015
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the U.S. Department of State Award for research on organized crime and corruption in Eastern Europe, 2012
  • “Informal Institutional Change in the Corruption Domain: Non-Market Strategies of MNEs and Local Firms in Emerging Markets” with co-author J. Spencer, Academy of Management Review, 2018 (under review).  
  • “Three Essays on Corruption, Government Transparency and Foreign Direct Investment,” Academy of International Business Insights Vol. 3, 2017.
  • “Corruption and Its Effect on Foreign Direct Investment in the Energy Sector of Emerging Economies” with second author G. Vojvodic, Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 7, 2012.
  • “Technology Disruptiveness, Corruption and FDI: A Bayesian Approach,” Academy of Management, Atlanta, USA, 2017.
  • “Three Essays on Corruption, Government Transparency and Foreign Direct Investment,” Academy of International Business Conference, Dubai, UAE, 2017.
  • “The Pursuit of Government Transparency: Panacea or Pandora’s Box of Business Corruption,” Academy of International Business Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2014.
  • Ph.D., International Business Strategy
  • MBA, Finance & Investments
  • BA, History of Culture