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  • Post-Doctorate in Business Administration, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration and Tourism, UNIVALI University
  • M.Sc. in Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • 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 an associate professor of international business and finance at Biola University. His research focuses on the business group phenomenon in emerging countries, corporate governance, and non-marketing strategies. 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 sales force and fleet automation. Wlamir is founder and vice president of the CW7 Group, a consulting firm that provides training on leadership and coaching to Christian churches. 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 Financial Management Association (FMA)
  • Member of the Academy of International Business (AIB)
  • Member of the Academy of Management (AOM)
  • Member of the Brazilian Academy of Management (ANPAD)


  • 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.

Publications (Selected)


  • "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
  • “Economic Performance of Private Higher Education Institutions in Distance Education through Mergers and Acquisitions,” Xavier, W., Silva, J., Green, F., Gandonou, J., Revista Eletrônica de Estratégia e Negócios, 2017
  • “Evaluating the Service Quality of Information Technology: The perspective of users and service providers from a Brazilian University,” Xavier, W., Luz, T., Mussi, C., Fiates, G., Business Management Review, 2015
  • “Exploring the Interconnections between Institutions, Innovation, Geography, and Internationalization in Emerging Markets,” Xavier, W., Newbury, W, McIntire, J., International Journal of Emerging Markets, 2016
  • “Institutional Environment and Business Groups Resilience,” Xavier, W., Bandeira-de-Mello, R., Marcon, R., Journal of Business Research, 2014
  • “Minority Government Ownership: Evidence from Brazil,” Xavier, W., Bandeira-de-Mell, R., Marcon, R., EIBAzine — European International Business Academy Newsletter, 2013

Book Chapters

  • “Doing Research and Publishing on Latin America,” Xavier, W., Carneiro, J., Bandeira-de-Mello, R., Cuervo-Cazurra, A., Gonzales-Perez, M., Parente, R., Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • “Governança Corporativa: um olhar sobre suas perspectivas teóricas e o conselho de administração,” Xavier, W., Camilo, P., Cupertino, C., and Marcon, R., Saberes Contábeis, Vol II, 2015
  • “Gerenciamento de Resultados: um ensaio teórico sobre a manipulação por decisões operacionais,” Xavier, W., Camilo, P., Cupertino, C., and Marcon, R.,  Saberes Contábeis, Vol I, 2015
  • “Brazil Retail Industry,” Xavier, W., Retailing in Emerging Markets, 2011


  • Academy of Management (AOM) 2018, Chicago. “Subsidies for Manufacturing Emerging Economy Firms in Export Markets.” 2018.
  • Academy of International Business — US SE Chapter (AIB/SE) 2017, 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) 2017, Dubai, UAE. “Manufacturing Emerging Economy Firms in Export Markets.” JIBS PDW 2017.
  • Academy of International Business — US SE Chapter (AIB/SE) 2016, Tampa. “Sovereign Wealth Funds: the case study of the Brazilian Sovereign Wealth Fund.” 2016.
  • Brazilian Academy of Management General Conference (EnANPAD) 2016, Salvador, Brazil. “Government's Impact on the Performance of Utility Companies, Both as a Regulator and as a Shareholder.” 2016.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB) 2016, New Orleans. “Minor Government Ownership.” 2016.
  • Academy of International Business — Latin America Chapter (AIB/LAT) 2016, São Paulo, Brazil, “The Effects on Institutional Voids on the Latin American Landscape — Panel.” 2016.
  • Academy of Management Meeting (AOM) 2015, Vancouver, Canada. “Sovereign Wealth Funds.” 2015.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB) 2015, Bangalore, India. “Multinationals in Big Emerging Markets: Theory and Practice — Panel.” 2015.
  • Academy of International Business (AIB) 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. “Business Groups’ Ownership Structure in Emerging Countries.” 2013.

Research Interests

  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • International Business
  • Research Methods


Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • International Finance
  • International Business Capstone Course
  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Global Business Environment

Graduate courses at Biola University:

  • Managing Emerging Enterprises

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Latin America
  • Brazil
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Business
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