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Academic Advisors


General Issues


During the Doctoral program studies students collaborate with academic advisors intensively at every stage of the Doctoral dissertation preparation. The choice of academic advisor is connected with Doctoral Program Academic Advisors main research directions that can be found below. More detailed information about each academic advisor you can find on “Faculty” page.


Should you have any questions concerning the choice of research topic or research interests of supposed academic advisor please contact Academic Director of Doctoral program, Professor Galina V. Shirokova. You can also contact your future academic advisor directly. Academic Director of Doctoral program will help you to define list of potential academic advisors, your research interests, topic of your dissertation, to organize a meeting and choose your future academic advisor.


During the doctoral dissertation preparation Doctoral students have an opportunity to be involved in Research projects realized by the Research Centers that operate as part of GSOM SPbU. We kindly recommend Doctoral Students to get acquainted with main research directions for research and projects of GSOM SPbU Research Centers: 



List of Doctoral Program Academic Advisors


Tatiana A. Gavrilova

Professor, Information Technologies in Management Department

Research Directions:

  • Business Ontologies Formation from Heterogeneous Sources for Knowledge Management Systems
  • Cognitive Aspects of Conceptual Modeling in Data and Knowledge Science


Marina O. Latukha

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior and Personnel Management Department

Research Directions:

  • Determinants of talent mobility from and in emerging markets: A multi-level perspective
  • The role of talent management in organizational ambidexterity: Evidence from emerging market firms
  • Absorptive capacity in Russian MNEs: human capital, performance outcomes and knowledge flows
  • The impact of management of diverse talent groups on firm performance in emerging market context


Andrei Yu. Panibratov

Professor, Department of Strategic and International Management

Research Directions:

  • Modalities of state influence on the internationalization of Russian firms 
  • Political relations between host and home country shaping EMNEs’ strategies
  • The role of national diasporas for internationalization of emerging market firms 
  • Emerging market firms’ inter-regional dynamics within global value chains


Galina V. Shirokova

Professor, Department of Strategic and International Management

Research Directions:

  • New venture teams dynamics: Performance and outcomes in different contexts
  • Strategic behavior of Russian SMEs: A longitudinal perspective 
  • Entrepreneurial decision-making and performance outcomes for new and established firms
  • Ambidextrous organization: Antecedents and Performance outcomes


Maria M. Smirnova

Associate Professor, Marketing Department

Research Directions:

  • Marketing strategies, capabilities and resources in shaping competitive advantage in emerging markets context
  • Marketing and innovations: collaborative innovations, user-driven innovations 
  • Customer orientation: conceptualization and measurement in the context of Russia
  • Marketing in the context of economy digitalization (e-commerce, multi/omni-channel strategies, sharing economy) 
  • Consumer behavior in the context of emerging markets (market knowledge, skepticism, consumption culture, behavior models)


Elena K. Zavyalova

Professor, Organizational Behavior and Personnel Management Department

Research Directions:

  • Human Resource Development in Russia and the Former Soviet Union 
  • Innovative Human Resources Management/Development technologies in the New Economy


Nikolay A. Zenkevich

Associate Professor, Department of Operations Management

Research Directions:

  • Theoretical problems of management
  • Long-term, medium-term and short-term aspects of managing the organization and supply chains
  • Development of mechanisms and methods for managerial decision making