John Francis, Ph.D.

John Francis
  • Associate Professor



John Francis is an Associate Professor of management for the College of Business Administration. Prior to coming to SDSU, Dr. Francis taught at Iona College in the New York City area, Mississippi College and the University of Memphis. He teaches International Management, Business Policy and Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Samford University in Alabama and his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.

His work experience includes positions in project management and financial analysis for BE&K Inc. and Rust International, international engineering and construction firms. Dr. Francis also spent three years doing research and program development for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at The University of Memphis. Francis has published several peer-reviewed articles and has spoken at numerous international conferences. His research focusing primarily on turnaround strategies for declining firms, international mergers and acquisitions and foreign market entry strategies.

Dr. Chang is active and productive in research. She has studied issues in auditing, accounting and information systems to investigate information processing of experts, and cross-cultural issues related to professional judgments and decisions in auditing and managerial accounting. Her studies have been published in Abacus, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Data Base, the International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Accounting Literature, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Review of Business Information Systems, etc. In addition, she has presented many papers at national and international meetings of major associations and institutions. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine.

  • Ph.D., Management, University of Memphis, 2000
  • MBA, Management, Samford University, 1994
  • International Strategy
  • Business Consulting
  • Globalization of Sports Business
  • Musteen, M., Datta, D., Francis, J. (2014). Early internationalization by firms in transition economies into developed markets: The role of international networks. Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 4, 221-237.
  • Galvin, B. M., Francis, J. (2014) Narcissism, perceptions and entrepreneurial intentions. USASBE, Fort Worth, Texas (Presenter)
  • Francis, J. (2014) The history and administrative structures of the SDSU X-Team. SDSU (Thesis Committee member).
  • Desai, A., Francis, J. (2014). Performance Decline And Changes In Corporate Governance Structure: Testing The Theory-Practice Linkage From A Historical Perspective. Journal of Academic and Business Ethics, Vol. 14 (4).
  • Dibrel, C., Mukjherji, A., Mukherji, J., Francis, J. (2013). Overbidding in cross-border acquisitions: Misperceptions in assessing and valuing knowledge. Journal of World Business, Vol. 48 (1), 39-46.
  • Sundaramurthy, C., Zheng, C., Musteen, M., Francis, J., Rhyne, L. (2012) Bricolage and Social Value Creation Across Countries. Academy of Management Meetings
  • Francis, J. (2011). Is Major League Soccer Repeating the Mistakes of the North American Soccer League?. Sports as Business:International, Professional and Commercial Aspects.
  • Sundaramurthy, C., Zheng, C., Musteen, M., Francis, J., Rhyne, L. (2011) Bricolage and Social Value Creation Across Countries. Strategic Management Society, San Diego, CA (Presenter)
  • Francis, J. (2011) An investigation of the moderating effects of nations on the relationship between work family conflict and satisfaction outcomes. SDSU (Masters Thesis Committee Member).
  • Francis, J., Baker, W. (2010) Learning Capabilities, External Social Capital and Foreign Entry Performance. 2010 Academy of International Business, Rio Di Janiero, Brazil
  • Francis, J., Zheng, C. (2010). Learning Vicariously From Failure: The Case of Major League Soccer and the Collapse of the North American Soccer League. Group & Organization Management, Vol. 35 (5), 542-571.
  • Musteen, M., Francis, J., Datta, D. K. (2010). The influence of international networks on internationalization speed and performance: A study of Czech SMEs. Journal of World Business, Vol. 45 (3), 197-205.
  • Musteen, M., Francis, J., Datta, D. K. (2010) International networks and the “born global” phenomenon: Evidence from a transition economy. Academy of International Business, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Musteen, M., Francis, J., Datta, D. (2010) International Networks And The “Born Global” Phenomenon: Evidence From A Transition Economy. 2010 Academy of International Business, Rio Di Janiero, Brazil
  • Lee, K., Francis, J. (2010) Global public Private Partnerships (GPPPs): An exploratory analysis of MNE/NGO alliances abroad. SDSU (Chair Masters Thesis).
  • Francis, J., Mukjherji, A., Mukherji, J. (2009). Getting partners to take action in inter-firm relationships. Competitiveness Review, Vol. 19 (3), 185-202.
  • Francis, J., Mukjherji, A., Mukherji, J. (2009). Influences on the performance of U.S.-Mexico border small medium sized enterprises. International Business Review, Vol. 18 (4), 331-343.
  • Francis, J., Zheng, C. (2009). An institutional perspective on foreign direct investment: A multi-level framework. Management International Review, Vol. 49 (5), 565-584.
  • Francis, J., Desai, A. (2009) Learning from the past: How effective are structural changes in corporate governance. Academy of Management conference, Chicago, IL
  • Francis, J., Mariola, E. (2009) Decline, turnaround, and CEO turnover. Multinational Finance Conference, Athens, Greece
  • Francis, J., Mukherji, J., Zheng, C. (2009). Isomorphism at Multiple Levels: An Institutional Perspective of Foreign Market Entry. Management International Review, Vol. 49 (5), 565-584.
  • Francis, J. (2008). Mutual adaptation in Buyer-Supplier relationships. Journal of Business Research, Vol. 61 (2), 154-161.
  • Francis, J., Mukjherji, A., Mukherji, J. (2008) Competitive advantage through reputation building in small and medium Enterprises. Academy of Management conference, Anaheim, CA
  • Francis, J. (2008) Globalizing Sport: Learning from the North American Soccer League collapse. International Sports Business at the Academy of In, Milan, Italy
  • Management Assessment Committee
  • International Business Program Advisory Committee
  • CBA Faculty Development Committee
  • Zahn Incubator Faculty Mentor
  • Chair, CBA Faculty Development Committee
  • Director, Small Business Consulting Center

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