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Johann Fortwengel

Reader, King's Business School, King's College London

Johann Fortwengel is a Reader in International Management at King's Business School. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer (2019-2021) and Lecturer (2016-2019). Before joining King's in 2016, Johann was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina. Johann holds a doctorate from Freie Universitat Berlin (awarded in 2014), a MA in Global Studies (awarded in 2011), and a BA in Sociology (awarded in 2009). Before moving to the UK, Johann has lived in Germany, Finland, Canada, South Africa, India, and the US.

Johann's research looks at how multinational enterprises navigate their operations across institutional and country differences. One current research interest revolves around how multinational enterprises develop answers to 'who we are'--or their organizational identity. Johann's work has appeared in the Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization, amongst other outlets. His research has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the British Academy.

Johann has received awards for his research, peer reviewing, and teaching. He currently sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Management International Review.

At the Business School, Johann serves as Research Lead for the SIME Group, as well as Deputy Director and shared Study Abroad Tutor for the International Management BSc program. Johann is module leader of the 2nd-year module on International Business, and he is also involved in MSc and executive teaching. Outside of King's, Johann teaches regularly International Business and Strategy modules at ESCP Europe.


  • –present, King's College London


  • 2014 
    Freie Universitat Berlin, Dr