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Prof Christian Felzensztein

Dean's Chair in Strategy

School of Management

He has more than 18 years of business, teaching, research and consultancy experience garnered in living and working in four continents. His experience include Dean's Chair in Strategy, New Zealand; Director & Professor of the Global Entrepreneurship Development Centre at Kingston University in London and visiting professor at ESSEC in Paris, among others. He was director of the Research Center for International Competitiveness at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI) in Latin America, director of the Graduate School of Business and head of international relations at Universidad Austral, researcher at Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland UK and founder director of two consultancy firms in industry clusters and small firm's development in Latin America. 

His research has been multi-disciplinary in collaboration with international scholars. He has done expert work on SMEs internationalisation for the European Parliament in Brussels, The Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services in London and has advised small firm's organisations, universities and governments. He collaborates with the small firm's sector, Innovate New Zealand, Regional Agency of Development and Education New Zealand for new strategic partnerships in Latin America.

His work on entrepreneurship, SMEs, clusters and strategy has been classified as World-Class by the Education Commission in New Zealand. His 50+ publications include Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Long Range Planning, International Business Review, Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, among others. He was the Chair of the 2014 McGill International Entrepreneurship Conference; founder Chair for the Global Entrepreneurship Conference at Kingston University in London and Associate Editor of Industrial Marketing Management.

Accomplished international scholar who is committed to helping improve internationalisation of start-up firms with limited resources and entrepreneurs from minority ethnic, regional & indigenous communities. His brings his international experience to Massey University.

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

His research, PhD supervision and consultancy work includes the study of regional clusters, entrepreneurship  and the international strategy of small firms. New area of research interest includes indigenous entrepreneurship in Latin America.

His work has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Long Range Planning, Journal of Business Research, Small Business Economics, Industrial Marketing Management and Journal of Small Business Management, among others. Apart from 50+ A & A* publications, his work has been presented in 60+ leading international conferences, including Academy of International Business (AIB), BABSON Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Strategic Management Society (SMS) and Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS).



Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Entrepreneurship (150304): International Business (150308): Small Business Management (150314)


SMEs International Strategy; Small Firms; Industry Clusters; Entrepreneurship and Sustainability; Latin America and emerging economies 


Consultancy and Languages


  • Spanish
    Last used: everyday
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • English
    Last used: everyday
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching


Strategy / International Strategy for Masters in Management.

PhD supervision on topics related to my expertise.

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Admiral Manganda - Doctor of Philosophy
    The 21st century indigenous entrepreneur dilemma : To preserve cultural identity and practices or to innovate and adapt to modernism?

Media and Links


  • 19 Mar 2018 - Online
    Latin America International strategy
    Latin American strategy and connections for Massey University

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