Nikhil Celly

Instructional Assistant Professor - Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives

Nikhil Celly


Dr. Nikhil Celly is the Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives, and a faculty member in the Department of Management and Leadership. As Assistant Dean, he is responsible for strategy and development of global partnerships and programs across Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Nikhil conducts multidisciplinary research on firm competitiveness, restructuring, ambidexterity, innovation and emerging markets strategy. This research has been published in top academic outlets such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and the Journal of Management Studies, and presented at numerous conferences including the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business and Strategic Management Society conferences. Nikhil has also authored several strategy cases on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and diversification that have been featured in various strategic management texts, and employed in MBA and corporate training programs.

Nikhil teaches the core Global Strategic Leadership class in the Executive DBA and core strategic management in the MBA programs at Bauer. He also teaches global strategy, ethical leadership, critical thinking and international business courses and leads/co-leads learning abroads. Prior to joining Bauer, Nikhil taught at various universities in North America and Asia, most recently at the University of Hong Kong. He conducts executive training and strategy development sessions and sits on the board of a non-profit. Dr. Celly has consulted for organizations including Cisco on smart cities, and The World Bank on distance learning.

When not in Houston, Nikhil, a Canadian citizen, also spends time in Toronto and enjoys traveling and visiting state parks across Canada and the US.

Research Interests

  • MNE restructuring, divestments and layoffs
  • Organizational ambidexterity
  • Emerging market firm competitiveness
  • Organizational innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate and competitive strategy
  • Ambidexterity
  • Global Strategy
  • Innovation

Selected Publications

  • Chiu, S., Kong, D., & Celly, N. (2024). CEO Regulatory Focus and Environmental Resource Scarcity on Employee Downsizing. Management Decision. (Accepted).
  • Khuntia, J., Kathuria, A., Saldhana, T., Roja, M. & Celly, N. (2021). How Foreign and Domestic Firms Differ in Leveraging IT-enabled Supply Chain Information Integration in BOP Markets: The Role of Supplier and Client Business Collaboration. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 22(3), . DOI: 10.17705/1jais.00677.
  • Wang, S.L., Luo. Y., Maksimov, V., Sun, J. & Celly, N. (2018). Achieving Temporal Ambidexterity in New Ventures. Journal of Management Studies,
  • Celly, N., Kathuria, A. & Subramanian, V. (2016), 'Overview of Indian Multinationals' in Thite, M., Wilkinson, A & Budhwar, P. (eds), Indian Multinationals: Taking India to the World. Oxford University Press.
  • Wang, S.L., Luo, Y., Celly, N. & Sun, Y. (2014). A temporal ambidexterity view towards emerging market firms. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management, Philadelphia Conference, August, 2014. Received the Best paper award by the International Management Division, Academy of Management, Philadelphia Conference, 2014
  • Lim, D.S.K., Celly, N., Morse, E.A, & Rowe, W.G. (2013). Rethinking the Effectiveness of Asset and Cost Retrenchment: The Contingency Effects of the Firm's Rent Creation Mechanism. Strategic Management Journal, 34(1), 42-61.
  • Celly, N., Prabhu, J. & Subramanian, V. (2013). 'Innovation in Indian firms' in P. J. Williamson, R. Ramamurti, A. Fleury & M. Fleury (eds), The Competitive Advantage of Emerging Market Multinationals. Cambridge University Press.
  • Han, M., & Celly, N. (2011). Professional CEO, independent directors, innovation and family controlled firms' performance. International Council for Small Business (ICSB), World Conference Proceedings: (January 1) 1-28.
  • Han, M. & Celly, N. (2008) Strategic Ambidexterity and Performance in International New Ventures. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 25(4): 335-349.

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • Academy of Management
  • Academy of International Business
  • Strategic Management Society

Contact Info

MH 315D
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  • Global Strategic Leadership-EDBA
  • Managing Global Organizations-MBA
  • Strategic Leadership in Emerging Markets-MBA
  • Strategic Analysis-MBA
  • International Business Residency-EMBA
  • International Management


PhD (Western, Ivey, Canada)
MS EE (Rochester, US)
BE, Elect. & Comm. ( Delhi, India)