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  • Post-Doctorate, Business Administration, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
  • Ph.D., Business Administration and Tourism, UNIVALI University
  • M.Sc., Engineering, Federal, University of Santa Catarina
  • Bible & Theology Graduate Certificate, Biola University
  • Finance Graduate Certificate, Texas Tech University Lubbock
  • Management Graduate Certificate, PUC
  • Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Military Engineering Institute

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Wlamir Xavier is a professor of International Business and Finance at the Crowell School of Business. His research focuses on higher education leadership, corporate governance, non-marketing strategies, and the performance of faith-oriented firms. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris Dauphine, the Wharton School, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of La Sabana, Colombia, and Chongqing University, China. His experience includes a brand manager position for IBM, consulting, and business ownership of an IT firm focused on mobile computing for the sales force and fleet automation. Wlamir is the founder and vice president of the CW7 Group, a consulting firm that provides training on leadership, and supports the creation of start-ups. He is married to Danielle, father of Isabela and Samuel, and serves as an elder at his home church.


  • Honorary member of the Delta Mu Delta Honors Society, Gamma Omega Chapter
  • Member of the Academy of International Business (AIB)


  • Nominee for the Best Conference Reviewer Award - Academy of International Business South-East US Chapter Conference - AIB/SE 2017 – Washington.
  • Nominee for the Best Conference Paper Award - Academy of International Business South-East US Chapter Conference - AIB/SE 2016 – Tampa.
  • Nominee for Strategy Division Best Paper Award - Brazilian Academy of Management Meeting - EnANPAD 2016 – Costa do Sauípe, Brazil.
  • X-Culture Project Best Instructor Award in 2016-1 – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Nominee for Savannah State University Best Paper Award - Academy of International Business South-East US Chapter Conference - AIB/SE 2015 – Savannah.
  • Nominee for Georgia Tech Best Innovation, Institutions, and Emerging Markets Paper Award - Academy of International Business South-East US Chapter Conference - AIB/SE 2013 – Atlanta.
  • Emerald Publishing Award for Best Paper on Emerging Markets – European International Business Academy Conference - EIBA 2012 – Brighton – UK.
  • Best Thematic Paper Award - Academy of International Business South-East US Chapter Conference - AIB/SE 2012 - Fort Lauderdale.



  • "Ownership Structure of Family Business Groups", Xavier, W., Camilo, S., Greene, F., Revista Visão: Gestão Organizacional, 2021.
  • "Modeling Buried Object Brightness and Visibility for Ground Penetrating Radar", Stevenson, G. A., Wilson, J., Worthmann, B. M., & Xavier, W, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2021.
  • "The impact of activism on the performance of publicly-traded companies", Xavier, W., Melo, L., Camilo, S., Greene, F., Studies in Emerging Countries, 2020.
  • "Organisational commitment and culture: evidence of commitment in an independent sales force", Sant'Anna, D., Mussi, C.C., Xavier, W. and Luna, I.N., International Journal of Management Practice, 2020.
  • "Higher Education Management in Distance Education", Ensslin, L., Xavier, W., Gambirage, C., Chaves, L., Silva, J. Estratégia & Negócias Journal, 2019
  • “Government's impact on the performance of utility providers, both as a regulator and a shareholder,” Xavier, W., Loch, M., Marcon, R., Silva, A., Utilities Policy, 2018
  • “An integrative approach for the water-energy-food nexus in beef cattle production,” Xavier, W., Neto, R., Berchin, I., Magtoto, M., Guerra, J.Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018
  • “The Influence of Political Connections on The Cost of Capital and The Performance of Companies Listed on B3,” Xavier, W., Silva, J., Gambirage, C., Camilo, S., Brazilian Business Review, 2018
  • “Financial Dimension of Internationalization: Serving two masters,” Xavier, W., Lana, J., Marcon, R., Mello, R., Corporate Governance, 2017
  • “Superior economic performance in developed and developing countries,” Xavier, W., Ochoa, S., Arvate, P., International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2017


  • Academy of Management (AOM Seattle) "Decision-Making in For-Profit Faith-Based Social Entrepreneurship" 2022.
  • European International Business Academy (EIBA Madrid) "The State As A Small Shareholder In Business Groups." 2021.
  • Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA Nashville)"A Case for Faith-Based Entrepreneurship" 2021.
  • Academy of Management (AOM online) "MNEs international expansion: home country institutional void and nonmarket strategy effects" 2021.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB online) "What Drives Companies to Go Hand in Hand with the Government in Emerging Economies? "2020.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB/West San Diego) "Home Country Institutional Voids, Political Connections, and Cross-Border M&A?" 2020.
  • Academy of Management (AOM), Chicago. “Subsidies for Manufacturing Emerging Economy Firms in Export Markets.” 2018.
  • Academy of International Business — US SE Chapter (AIB/SE), Washington, D.C. “The Effect of Strategy Elements and Learning Networks to Performance of Global Firms." 2017.
  • The 6th Korea-Brazil Business Forum — Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Seoul, South Korea. “Brazil Economy- realities, Risk and Prospects.” 2017.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB), Dubai, UAE. “Manufacturing Emerging Economy Firms in Export Markets.” JIBS PDW 2017.

    Research Interests

    • Higher Education Leadership
    • Corporate Governance
    • Nonmarket Strategies
    • Performance of Faith-Oriented Firms
    • International Business


    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Advanced Corporate Finance
    • International Finance
    • International Supply Chain Management
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Global Business Environment

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Managing Emerging Enterprises
    • Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers

    Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

    • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Corporate Governance
    • International Business
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