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Faculty and Staff

Luisa F. Melo

Title: Assistant Professor of Management
Department: Division of Business Administration and Economics
USC Sumter
Phone: (803) 938-3710
Office: Business Administration Building, BADM 116
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile

Fall 2021 
ECON A222 Principles of Microeconomics 
BADM A328 Green Business & Sustainability Practices 
BADM A371 Principles of Management and Leadership
ECON A221 Principles of Macroeconomics

Spring 2022
BADM 478 Strategic Management 
BADM A379 Social, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Business
MGMT 477 Organization Theory


Ph.D. in Business, Bentley University (AACSB) (2015)
MALD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (2007)
B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University (2000)


Dr. Melo earned a PhD in Business focused on Strategy & International Business from Bentley University (AACSB), in Waltham, MA. Her graduate degree focused on international political economy and development economics. Dr. Melo’s dissertation focused on corporate governance structures of large firms from emerging markets (EMNEs). She is interested in institutions and in the relationship between business and development, as well as issues of ethics and sustainability. 

Prof. Melo has taught at Bentley University, West Chester University of PA, La Salle University and Thomas Jefferson University, and worked as a TA in the Harvard Summer Economics Program for the course on International Corporate Governance. Dr. Melo also served as research consultant and analyst in corporate diversity & inclusion, and as an analyst in Spanish for a not-for-profit defense contractor. She has worked with not-for-profits including The American Red Cross and QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment, and in higher education administration. After earning a BS, she worked as a research technician for almost five years, managing a biochemistry laboratory before deciding to pursue her interests in international relations. 

Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Dr. Melo grew up in New Paltz, NY. 


Melo, L.F., Sanders, T. and Yearwood, C. 2019, January. Diversity Inclusion Leadership & Artificial 
Intelligence: The Promise and Perils for Equal Opportunity. A True Blue Publication. Available from (Practitioner)
Melo, L. 2017. Functional convergence in Emerging Market Firms. Journal of Applied Business 
& Economics, 19(3). 
Melo, L. and Quinn, M.A. 2015. Natural Resources, Foreign Direct Investment and Corruption in 
Developing Countries. International Journal of Business & Finance Research, 9(1): 33-50. 

Conferences, Presenter

Converging to Maturity but Not Quite There: Internationalization of Petroleum EMNEs in the Context of 
the Two Wave Approach. Global Strategy & Emerging Markets Conference, Center for Emerging Markets, Northeastern University (Co-sponsor: UMiami CIBER Institute), Boston, June 2017. 
Functional Convergence of Global 500 EMNEs (Competitive Track). Academy of International Business, 
New Orleans 2016.
Nominated, Best Paper Award, Emerging Economies Track, Sponsored by Bryant University;
Internationalization of Petroleum EMNEs in the Context of the Two Wave Approach (Competitive 
Track). Academy of International Business, New Orleans 2016
Board mechanisms as a balance between domestic and global: Evidence from emerging market firms 
(Competitive Track), Academy of International Business, Vancouver, BC, June 2014.
Oil, Foreign Direct Investment, and Corruption. Co-author: Quinn, M.A.
Cyrus Institute of Knowledge Conference, Hult Business School, Cambridge, MA, October 2012; and International Atlantic Economic Society, Washington, D.C., October 2011


Academy of International Business (AIB), Annual Meeting 2014 - 2020 & Northeast Chapter 2016 
Academy of Management - Latin America Conference 2019
Academy of Management 2014 and 2019
Cyrus Chronicle Journal (CCJ) 2019
International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2018
European Conference on Information Systems 2012 
Journal of Strategic Information Systems 2012-2013.