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Ari Van Assche

Professor,  Department of International Business

Ari Van Assche

Contact information

HEC Montréal
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3T 2A7

Email : ari.van-assche@hec.ca
Phone : 514 340-6043
Secretary: 514 340-6188
Fax : 514 340-6987
Office : 3.207

Other title(s)

  • Deputy editor, Journal of International Business Policy, 2016-.
  • Associate editor, Transnational Corporations Review, 2011-.
  • Special issue editor, “MNEs and sustainable business in emerging markets” (with Maoliang Bu, Faith Hatani and Dirk Holtbruegge), Journal of International Management, 2021-.
  • Special issue editor, “The nature of innovation in global value chains” (with Björn Ambos, Kristin Brandl, Alessandra Perri and Vittoria Scalera), Journal of World Business, 2017-2021.
  • Special issue editor, “China’s changing integration in the global economy” (with Hugh Dang and Wulong Gu), China Economic Review, 2016-2018.
  • Member, editorial review board, Journal of World Business, 2021-.
  • Member, editorial review board, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, 2019-
  • Member, editorial review board, Management and Organization Review, 2018-
  • Member, editorial review board, Multinational Business Review, 2016-
  • Member editorial review board, Journal of International Business Studies, 2015-


  • Licentiaat in de Sinologie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Ph.D. (Economics), University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • International trade
  • Global value chains
  • International business policy
  • Industrial clusters
  • Chinese economy

This publication selection covers the last five years.


Journal articles (29)

LUO, Yadong, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « The rise of techno-geopolitical uncertainty: Implications of the United States CHIPS and Science Act », Journal of International Business Studies, 2024 (status : online).

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, NARULA, Rajneesh; « Internalization strikes back? Global value chains, and the rising costs of effective cascading compliance », Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, vol. 50, no 1, 2023, p. 161-173.

PIETROBELLI, Carlo, RABELLOTTI, Roberta, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Le politiche nelle catene globali del valore », Rivista di Politica Economica, 2022, p. 185-212.

LI, Jiatao J.T., VAN ASSCHE, Ari, FU, Xiaolan, LI, Lee, GONGMING, Qian; « The Belt and Road Initiative and international business policy: A kaleidoscopic perspective », Journal of International Business Policy, vol. 5, no 2, 2022, p. 135-151.

MIKOLAJCZYK, Victor, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « The World Health Organization and the Covid-19 Pandemic », Revue internationale de cas en gestion, vol. 20, no 3, 2022, p. 1-11.

LI, Pengfei, TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « The Tortoise and the Hare: Industry Clockspeed and Resilience of Production and Knowledge Networks in Montréal’s Aerospace Industry », ZFW – Advances in Economic Geography, vol. 66, no 2, 2022, p. 81-95.

BUNEL, Bryan Charley, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, AGUILAR DELGADO, Natalia; « The WTO under Azevêdo: Between a Rock and a Hard Place », Revue internationale de cas en gestion, vol. 20, no 3, 2022, p. 1-11.

PIETROBELLI, Carlo, RABELLOTTI, Roberta, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « How are global value chains altering policy narratives? », Columbia FDI Perspectives, 2022, p. 1-3.

LI, Jiatao J.T., VAN ASSCHE, Ari, LI, Lee, GONGMING, Qian; « Foreign direct investment along the Belt and Road: A political economy perspective », Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 53, no 5, 2022, p. 902-919.

LIAO, Hongwei, LI, Mingyue, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, ZHENG, Jiaojiao, YANG, Liangping; « Building world-class enterprises though mixed-ownership reform: explaining performance differences in minority and majority state-owned enterprises », Chinese Management Studies, vol. 16, no 4, 2022, p. 741-764.

NACHUM, Lilac, SAUVANT, Karl, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Agenda for Practice-Oriented Research: From Relevance versus Rigor to Relevance with Rigor », AIB Insights, vol. 22, no 2, 2022, p. 1-6.

DE BEULE, Filip, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, NEVENS, Joren; « Additive Manufacturing and Production Internationalization: An Internalization Perspective », Journal of International Management, vol. 28, no 4, 2022, p. 1-18.

TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, DOLOREUX, David; « How do firms in co-located clusters interact? Evidence from Greater Montreal », Journal of Economic Geography, vol. 21, no 5, 2021, p. 761-782.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, BRANDL, Kristin; « Harnessing the power of global value chains for sustainable development », Transnational Corporations, vol. 28, no 3, 2021, p. 135-145.

PIETROBELLI, Carlo, RABELLOTTI, Roberta, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Making sense of global value chain-oriented policies: The trifecta of tasks, linkages, and firms », Journal of International Business Policy, vol. 4, no 3, 2021, p. 327-346.

LIAO, Hongwei, YANG, Liangping, DAI, Shuanping, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Outward FDI, industrial structure upgrading and domestic employment: empirical evidence from the Chinese economy and the belt and road initiative », Journal of Asian Economics, vol. 74, 2021, p. 1-12.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Shortages in essential goods: Are global value chains part of the problem or the solution? », The School of Public Policy Publications, vol. 14, 2021, p. 1-12.

AMBOS, Björn, BRANDL, Kristin, PERRI, Alessandra, SCALERA, Vittoria Giada, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « The nature of innovation in global value chains », Journal of World Business, vol. 56, no 4, 2021, p. 1-10.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, LUNDAN, Sarianna; « From the editor: COVID-19 and international business policy », Journal of International Business Policy, vol. 3, no 3, 2020, p. 273-279.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, WARIN, Thierry; « Global Value Chains and Economic Diplomacy », AIB Insights, vol. 19, no 1, 2019, p. 16-19.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, GANGNES, Byron S.; « Global value chains and the fragmentation of trade policy coalitions », Transnational Corporations, vol. 26, no 1, 2019, p. 31-60.

DOLOREUX, David, TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Innovation type and external knowledge search strategies in KIBS: evidence from Canada », Service Business, vol. 13, no 3, 2019, p. 509-530.

TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « An Anatomy of Bengaluru’s ICT Cluster: A Community Detection Approach », Management and Organization Review, vol. 15, no 3, 2019, p. 533-561.

DOLOREUX, David, SHEARMUR, Richard, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Combined innovation and export strategies of KIBS in different regional settings », Industry and Innovation, vol. 26, no 6, 2019, p. 715-740.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « From the editor: Steering a policy turn in international business – opportunities and challenges », Journal of International Business Policy, vol. 1, no 3/4, 2018, p. 117-127.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, VAN BIESEBROECK, Johannes; « Functional upgrading in China's export processing sector », China Economic Review, vol. 47, 2018, p. 245-262.

WANG, Yihan, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, TURKINA, Ekaterina; « Antecedents of SME embeddedness in inter-organizational networks: Evidence from China's aerospace industry », Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship, vol. 30, no 1, 2018, p. 53-75.

TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Global connectedness and local innovation in industrial clusters », Journal of International Business Studies, vol. 49, no 6, 2018, p. 706-728.

BOUVET, Florence, MA, Alyson, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Tariff and exchange rate pass-through for Chinese exports: a firm-level analysis across customs regimes », China Economic Review, vol. 46, 2017, p. 87-96.


Books (2)

VAN OVERMEIRE, Xavier, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, BASTILLE-PARENT, Marianne; The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada: Economic Perspectives and Legal Analysis, LexisNexis Canada, 2020.

VAN OVERMEIRE, Xavier, VAN ASSCHE, Ari, BASTILLE-PARENT, Marianne; L’Accord économique commercial global entre l’Union européenne et le Canada : Perspectives économiques et revue légale, LexisNexis Canada, 2020.


Book chapters (10)

LEYMANN, Gunnar, LUNDAN, Sarianna, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Global Challenges for Agile Government: Global Connectivity Policy from the Perspective of the International Business Literature », Agile Government: Emerging Perspectives in Public Management, World Scientific Publishing, 2022, p. 307-320.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « International Business Policy: A Primer », The New Frontiers of International Business: Development, Evolving Topics, and Implications for Practice, Springer Nature, 2022, p. 179-193.

GOERZEN, Anthony, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Global value Chain Governance: A Multinational Enterprise Capabilities View », The Oxford Handbook of International Business Strategy, Oxford University Press, 2021, p. 421-434.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Trade and foreign direct investment in the 21st century », Promoting and Managing International Investment: Towards an Integrated Policy Approach, Routledge, 2020, p. 31-50.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari, GANGNES, Byron S.; « Production Switching and Vulnerability to Protectionism », International Business in a VUCA World: The Changing Role of States and Firms, Emerald Publishing, 2020, p. 69-87.

TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Grappes, réseaux et compétitivité de l’industrie des technologies propres du Québec », Le Québec économique 8 : le développement durable à l'ère des changements climatiques, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2019, p. 93-122.

KALI, Raja, TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Local and trans-local linkages in the aerospace industry: an emerging small world? », Networks of International Trade and Investment: Understanding Globalisation Through the Lens of Network Analysis, Vernon Press, 2018, p. 167-184.

GANGNES, Byron S., VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Global Value Chains and Changing Trade Elasticities », Global Economic Modeling: A Volume in Honor of Lawrence R Klein, World Scientific, 2018, p. 234-254.

VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Global value chains and innovation », The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017, p. 739-751.

WANG, Yihan, TURKINA, Ekaterina, VAN ASSCHE, Ari; « Value Chain Position and Network Centrality: Evidence from China’s Aerospace Industry », Entrepreneurship, Organizational Change and Employment Management, Nanjing University, 2017, p. 354-365.

This selection of supervision activities covers the last five years.


Supervised project supervision – MSc in Management (20)

Bangladesh's graduation from least developed country status: Implications for its ready-made garments industry , by Md Mehedee Islam
November 2022

Are public procurement practices discriminatory in the developing world? The view of an electromechanical firm in the United Arab Emirates. , by Jabin Varghese Jabin Varghese
August 2022

Partnering for sustainable economic development: USAID's public-private partnerships , by Angela Iskandar
August 2022

In codirection with : TURKINA, Ekaterina
Analyse exploratoire du réseau canadien de collaboration institutionnelle en intelligence artificielle , by Ayoub Bandariya
August 2022

In codirection with : TURKINA, Ekaterina
La vie des projets dans la grappe aérospatiale de Montréal : Étude de 3 grands projets au sein de la grappe, et des relations qui en découlent entre les acteurs , by Amaury Benoist
August 2022

In codirection with : TURKINA, Ekaterina
The sale of Element AI as a representation of Canada's AI commercialization problem: a teaching case , by Ronny Al Nosir
May 2022

In codirection with : TURKINA, Ekaterina
La grappe Aéro Montréal: étude de cas , by Lilia Benbelaid
March 2022

Comment la géopolitique peut influencer le processus de sélection des entreprises dans les projets des Nouvelles Routes de la Soie (BRI) ? , by Léopold Knorst
November 2021

L'initiative de la nouvelle route de la soie : Cas d'étude des implications du contexte géopolitique dans la stratégie des entreprises multinationales , by Melyssa Benflis
November 2021

Supervised Project: Resilience through Crisis - Examining the case of Qatar during the 2017 Blockade , by Ghazal El Ghazal
November 2021

WHO is to blame? , by Victor Mikolajczyk
March 2021

In codirection with : AGUILAR DELGADO, Natalia
Artificial Intelligence-Powered Surveillance and Global Governance: Opportunities and Challenges in the Midst of a Global Pandemic , by Liang Qi
March 2021

In codirection with : AGUILAR DELGADO, Natalia
Le protectionnisme en temps de crise sanitaire : le cas de l'industrie alimentaire , by Carl Alexandre Guercin
March 2021

Market Access and International Freight Leakage Across the Canada-U.S. Border , by Clara Mirol
November 2020

In codirection with : AGUILAR DELGADO, Natalia
L'OMC sous Roberto Azevêdo : entre réformes et blocages , by Bryan Charley Bunel
November 2020

La structure de soutien à l'exportation au Canada face au COVID-19. Le cas de la Banque de Développement du Canada , by Diégo Crespel
September 2020

Les chaînes de valeur mondiales et le financement du commerce international au Canada , by Noémi Ève Turpin-Lebel
May 2020

Comment Affaires mondiales Canada peut supporter le processus d'innovation des entreprises canadiennes dans le contexte international , by Martine Valentin
September 2019

L'internationalisation de Famondo en Chine: Les différents modes d'entrée , by Emmanuelle Benabou
September 2018

Economic Value Added Analysis of the U.S. Aerospace Value Chain , by Yanic Drouin
September 2017

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