Dr Philipp Kern

Lecturer for the Institute for International Management

Philipp Kern

Philipp is an international management scholar whose research interests lie at the intersection of firms and institutions.

Philipp is an international management scholar with several years’ experience teaching international business and related subjects. In his previous role as post-doctoral Research Associate, Philipp contributed to the ESRC-funded research project on ‘Globalizing Actors in Multinational Companies’, led by Professor Tony Edwards. The project explored the roles of individuals within multinational firms in creating, disseminating, and contesting organizational norms on a global level.

Academic background

Prior to joining the Institute for International Management at Loughborough University London, Philipp was a Teaching Fellow in the School of Management & Business at King’s College London. During his time at King's, Philipp taught international business and related subjects for several years and supervised dissertations at the BSc and MSc level.
Philipp completed his PhD in Management Research at King’s College London in 2016. His ESRC-funded thesis examined the interplay of public discourse, corporate practice, and institutional change through a comparative, longitudinal study. Philipp also holds an MSc in International Management from King’s College London and a BSc in Production & Management from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.

Current research and collaborations

Philipp’s current primary research focus is the ‘Globalizing Actors in Multinational Companies’ project, to which he contributed to as a Research Associate. Funded by the ESRC and under Professor Tony Edwards' leadership, the project seeks to investigate how norms—well-established behaviors, beliefs, and processes within organizations — are created, disseminated across borders, and adapted over time. The particular interest lies with the individuals who are responsible for the creation, diffusion, interpretation and negotiation of norms across international operations and the resources they mobilize to help them succeed.
Philipp’s research is located at the intersection of firms and institutions. His work is mostly concerned with institutional change and, in particular, how corporations shape their institutional environment. He has expertise in conducting comparative, longitudinal studies using mixed-methods approaches, including panel data analysis, discourse analysis, and social network analysis.

Interests and activities

Philipp is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) and the International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS). Philipp is passionate about research, and regularly presents his work at international conferences, including SASE, ICGS, and GCIHRM.
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