Valerie A. Bell

Academic Title

  • Assistant Professor, Management

Administrative Support

  • Emerging Markets
  • International Business
  • International Entrepreneurship

My research focuses on the internationalization of small- and medium-sized entrepreneurial businesses and service firms. As part of this work, I focus on how these firms acquire, assimilate and exploit knowledge in international markets in an effort to secure sustainable competitive advantage.

  • Ph.D. Management University of Edinburgh
  • M.Sc. International Business University of Edinburgh
  • Cognition
  • Effectuation
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalization of SMEs
  • Knowledge Acquisition, Assimilation and Exploitation

Bell, V. A. and Cooper, S. Y. 2017 (forthcoming). “Institutional Knowledge: Acquisition, Assimilation and Exploitation in Internationalization” in International Marketing Review.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. 2015. “Acquisition of Knowledge in Networking for the Internationalization of Canadian NHP Firms,” in Groen, A., Cook, G. and Van der Side, P. (Eds), New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium Volume XI, published by Emerald.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

Godinez, J., Bell. V. and Dobie, H. (2018). “Importance of Informal Linkages in the Development of New Industries in a Weak Institutional Environment: Lessons From the Mobile Banking Industry in Guatemala. Academy of International Business Conference, Argentina, March.

Bell, V.A., Cooper, S.Y. and Kay, N.M (2018). “Managing for Serendipity in Effectual Innovation.” ACERE (Australia Centre for Research and Entrepreneurship) Conference, Adelaide, Australia, February.

Kay, N., Bell, V.A., and Cooper, S.Y. (2016.) “Managing for Serendipity: The Complementarity of Serendipity and Rationality.: Cambridge Research and Development Conference, Cambridge University, UK.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2016). “Finding, Enacting and Exploiting Serendipity.” ACERE (Australia Centre for Research and Entrepreneurship) Conference, Adelaide, Australia, February.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2015). “Serendipity and International Opportunities.” ACERE (Australia Centre for Research and Entrepreneurship) Conference, Adelaide, Australia, February.

Bell, V.A. (2014) “Serendipity in Internationalization.” International Entrepreneurship Workshop, University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2014). “Serendipity and International Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” RENT (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, November.

Bell, V.A. (2014). “Third Parties in Serendipitous Internationalization.” ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference in Manchester, UK, November.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2014). “Exploring Knowledge Acquisition from Third Parties for SME Internationalization.” ACERE (Australia Centre for Research and Entrepreneurship) Conference Sydney, Australia, February.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2013). “Networking and Internationalization Methods of Canadian Natural Health Products SME Service Firms.” RENT (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, November.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2013). “Acquisition of Knowledge in Networking for Internationalization of Canadian NHP Service Firms.” ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference in Cardiff, Wales.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2013). “Methods of Networking for Internationalization of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs.” MIE (McGill International Entrepreneurship) conference, Montreal, Canada.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2013). “Acquisition of Knowledge in Networking for the Internationalization of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs.” International High Technology Small Firms conference at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2013). “Methods of Networking for Internationalization of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs.” International Entrepreneurship Workshop, University of Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. (2012). “Internationalization of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs.” ACERE (Australia Centre for Research and Entrepreneurship) Conference, Perth, Australia.

Bell, V.A. and Cooper, S. 2012. “Networking and Internationalization Methods of Canadian Natural Health Products SMEs.” Paper presented at ISBE (Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship) conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Invited Conference Presentations

Bell, V. A. (2013). “Serendipity in International Opportunities.” Canada-Oxbridge Conference, London, UK.

Non-Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Bell, V.A. (2007). “Chinese Health-Food Market Expands Rapidly,” Nutrition Business Journal, Volume 5/6

Bell, V.A (2007). “What’s Your China Strategy?” Nutrition Business Journal, 2007, 5/6