PhD in Economics, international political economy
Strategy, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
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Professor Simon Mercado is Campus Dean for ESCP Business School, London (UK). A member of ESCP’s European Executive Committee, Professor Mercado is responsible for the strategic development of ESCP’s London School and directs its senior management team. He also acts as Managing Director of the School’s Corporate Services Board, responsible for executive education provision to high recognition clients including LVMH and leading multinational business firms. ESCP is Europe’s No. 12 ranked business school (FT, 2019) and was voted U.K. Business School of the Year in 2018 by The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.
Simon has over a decade of senior level experience in UK and International HE. He assumed his responsibilities with ESCP in April 2015 and has served on the School’s Executive Committee since this time. He serves as an active member of Faculty as Professor of Management.
Between 2011 and March 2015, Simon served as Associate/Deputy Dean at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, where he was also Professor in Global Management and Education. This position was the capstone of 10 years of service as a senior member of the NBS management team. Earlier positions included: Head of International Affairs and External Relations, and Head of Department.
Simon has extensive experience of HE leadership and governance across European markets and within complex matrix structures. Over the last decade in executive and management level roles he has held senior level responsibilities in such areas as: strategy and finance, faculty management, external relations, quality assurance, accreditation, internationalisation, student experience, and academic programmes.
He currently serves at Steering Committee level for the EFMD (and as a Peer Review Team member); as External Examiner for joint/dual international degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire; and as an Advisory Board Chair/member to international business schools in India, France and Finland.
Simon has been involved in educational projects and collaborations all over the world and has worked collaboratively with a significant number of European institutions in joint/dual degree development and wider educational projects. A strong advocate of cross-border and inter-disciplinary education, his consultancy and HE advisory work is focused on supporting internationalisation processes and accreditation. He is a regular speaker and commentator on education and management issues, presenting and convening at major international events and conferences under the auspices of the AACSB, CABS, AMBA, EFMD, APAIE and EAIE. He was invited Chair of the EFMD Annual Conference (Lisbon) in June 2019 and joined the International Committee of CABS 2020.
Simon holds a PhD in International Political Economy (IPE) and a Masters’ in International Relations (IR) from the University of Nottingham. His primary research interest is in the internationalisation of higher education and commercial services. He has published on issues related to international management and education, including a widely adopted textbook on European Business and Culture.
His teaching interests and history span international strategy, cross-cultural management, European marketing and management. At both NBS and ESCP he has taught on Bachelors, Masters’ and MBA courses and has supervised both M- and D-level candidates. Externally, Simon has worked as a Visiting Scholar/Professor for accredited EFMD member business schools in Poland and France.