Skylar Powell, PhD

He, Him, His, Professor


Skylar Powell received his PhD in International Management from the University of Hawai'i in 2011. He has also completed an MA in management at Durham University (UK) and an MSc in neuroscience at King's College London (UK). Prior to joining the College of Business and Economics in 2013, he spent two years teaching undergraduate and MBA international business courses at the University of Michigan-Flint. In addition to teaching international business and cross-cultural management courses at WWU, he has continuously taught corporate entrepreneurship courses as a visiting lecturer abroad for the past decade. He also served as the conference chair of the 34th annual Association of Japanese Business  Studies conference in 2022, and regularly reviews for numerous top-ranked international business and strategy journals. 

Skylar's research focuses broadly on international strategy and management of multinational enterprises. In particular, his recent research focuses on various aspects of the internalization of foreign operations, innovation, and cross-cultural management. Increasingly, he is also interested in entrepreneurship focused topics and managerial decision making. His research has been published at a number of journals, including Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International ManagementMultinational Business Review, and Personnel Review.

Skylar currently teaches courses on International Business, Cross-Cultural Management, and International Entrepreneurship.


PhD, University of Hawai'i

MSc, King's College London (UK)

MA, Durham University (UK)

BSc, Montana State University


Journal Publications:

Powell, K.S., Lim, E., Sass, M. (2024). Multilevel cross-cultural training outcomes and self-enhancement or strategic modesty through self-reported outcomes: A meta-analysis. International Studies of Management & Organization. DOI: 10.1080/00208825.2024.2309419

Powell, K.S., Lim, E., & Takahashi, H. (2023). Chasing 'animal spirits': Business expectations, performance feedback, and advertising intensity in Japanese firms. Asian Business & Management, 22: 1035-1064.

Powell, K.S., Takahashi, H., & Lim, E. (2022). Experienced 'misfits': Multinationality alignment, international experience, and adjustments to multinationality. Journal of Business Research, 151: 56-69.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2022). All or nothing: International coalitions responding to competing pressures in challenges to IP rights. Journal of International Management, 28(3): 100925.

Lim, E., & Powell, K.S. (2022). Language and discounting future value: Language as a moderator of internationalization-innovation performance relationships. Management Decision, 60(1): 48-65.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2022). The concept of 'spatial knowledge' used by top-management-teams and CEOs in internationalization. Multinational Business Review, 30(2): 173-191.

Powell, K.S., Lim, E., & Ando, N. (2021). Seeing the tree AND the forest: Japanese auto firm multinational dispersion, cultural distance, and foreign manufacturing subsidiary ownership levels. Asian Business & Management, 20(2): 163-187.

Rhee, M., Alexandra, V., & Powell, K.S. (2020). Individualism-collectivism cultural differences in performance feedback theory. Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 27(3): 343-364.

Powell, K.S. (2019). Competition at home and foreign market entry timing, Multinational Business Review, 27(1): 99-118.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2018). Motive meets experience: Cultural distance, motive, related experience, and foreign subsidiary ownership structure, Journal of Business Research, 92: 81-92.

Powell, K.S., & Rhee, M. (2018). Economic status, social status, and rate of internationalization in US law firms. International Journal of the Legal Profession, 25(2): 127-145.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2018). ‘Misfits’ DO try to fit: Deviations from firm-specific optimal multinationality and subsequent market entry or exit in US law firms. Journal of Business Research, 82: 141-148.

Powell, K.S., Takahashi, H., & Roehl, T. (2017). Status and international alliance formation. Multinational Business Review, 25(2): 110-127.

Powell, K.S. (2017). Understanding ‘misfits’: Aspirations and systematic deviations from firm-specific optimal multinationality. Management International Review, 57(4): 529-544.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2017). Investment motive as a moderator of cultural-distance and relative knowledge relationships with foreign subsidiary ownership structure. Journal of Business Research, 70: 255-262.

Powell, K.S., & Rhee, M. (2016). Experience in different institutional environments and foreign subsidiary ownership structure. Journal of Management, 42(6): 1434-1461.  

Powell, K.S. (2014). From M-P to MA-P: Multinationality alignment and performance. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(2): 211-226.

Powell, K.S. (2014). Profitability and speed of foreign market entry. Management International Review, 54 (1): 31-45.

Powell, K.S., & Yalcin, S. (2010). Management Training Effectiveness: A meta-analysis 1952-2002. Personnel Review, Vol.39(2): 227-241.

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. (2009).Non-routine CEO Turnover in Korean Chaebols. Journal of Asia-Pacific Business, Vol.10(2): 146-165. 


Representative Teaching Cases:

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. 2023. Selling ukulele's to the world. Unpublished international entrepreneurship and cross-cultural management case study used at WWU.

Lim, E. & Powell, K.S. 2018. Leveraging IP at Bandai Namco’s Toys and Hobby SBU. Distributed by: The Case Centre (318-0053-1)

Powell, K.S., & Lim, E. 2015. The Internationalization of Paris Baguette. Distributed by: The Case Centre (315-254-1)