Pooja Thakur Wernz

Asst. Professor

Academic Area(s): International Business

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Ph.D., International Business, Rutgers University, 2010
M.B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2003
B.Com. with Honors, Osmania University, India, 2001

Academic Positions Held
Assistant Professor of Management, Virginia Tech, 2010 – present

Instructor, Rutgers University, 2008-2010

Selected Publications
Newburry, W. and Thakur, P. 2011. Multi-Level Impacts on Perceived Career Opportunity from Global Integration, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21(13): 2358- 2380.

Research & Teaching Interests
International Business: Offshoring and outsourcing, backsourcing, pharmaceutical industry, orphan drugs, MNCs from emerging markets

Selected Honors & Awards
Finalist for Academy of International Business Best Dissertation Award 2010

Best Doctoral Thesis Proposal Award, European International Business Academy 2008

Promising Dissertation Proposal Award, International Management Division, AOM 2008

Second Place Runner Up, Best Proposal, TAMIU Doctoral Consortium 2007



Pooja Thakur (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Assistant Professor of Management with an emphasis on International Business. She received her Ph.D. in International Business from Rutgers University, and her dissertation focused on the externalization of core activities and their geographic coverage. She specifically looked at the outsourcing and offshoring of clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry. She was a finalist for the Academy of International Business Best Dissertation Award and she has received the Promising Dissertation Proposal award at the International Management Division of Academy of Management and the Best Doctoral Proposal Thesis Award at the European International Business Academy. She was also the runner up for Best Dissertation Proposal at the third annual Ph.D. Consortium at Texas A&M International University.

Dr. Thakur’s research interests include offshoring, outsourcing, cross border M&As, and subsidiary performance. Her current research also focuses on backsourcing, which is a relatively new phenomenon. She has presented her work at numerous conferences including the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management and European International Business Academy annual conferences. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Human Resource Management and she currently has papers under review at reputed strategy and international business journals.

She has taught international business and strategy courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Thakur is a member of Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, European International Business Academy and Drug Information Association. She is also the chair of the doctoral student committee for the International Management Division at Academy of Management.

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