Marc Szepan

Marc Szepan

Lecturer in International Business


Saïd Business School University of Oxford Park End Street Oxford OX1 1HP

Profile

Dr. Marc Szepan is a Lecturer in International Business and currently serves as Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Global Business.

Marc’s research and teaching focus on strategic management of global businesses, leadership of technology-intensive and digital businesses, the aviation industry, safety management, and business in China.

Marc is a scholar-practitioner who brings extensive experience in running global businesses to his research and teaching. Previously, Marc was an executive at Lufthansa. His primary professional experience has been in leading technical and digital aviation businesses in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Airline Operations Solutions, at Lufthansa Systems, the IT services business segment of Lufthansa. He also held leadership roles at Lufthansa Technik, the MRO business segment of Lufthansa, and for two other German industrial companies. In 2012, Marc was recognised as one of Aviation Week & Space Technology’s “40 Under Forty: Rising Stars of Aerospace and Aviation”.

Marc received a BA from Middlebury College, an AM from Harvard University, and a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. He also holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business where he completed the Global Executive MBA programme.

Expertise:

  • Strategic management of global businesses
  • Cross-border M&A
  • Leadership of technology-intensive and digital businesses
  • Complex engineered products
  • Aviation industry
  • Aircraft MRO
  • Airline IT
  • Safety management
  • Business in China
  • Globalisation of Chinese firms

Research

Marc’s research interests are informed by his professional experience in running global technical and digital businesses.

They also lie in the areas of strategic management of global businesses, leadership of technology-intensive and digital businesses, the aviation industry, safety management, and business in China. He has published in English, German, and Chinese.

View Marc's research.

Engagement

Given Marc’s background as a corporate executive, he maintains active links with the business and policy-making communities.

He has been featured in the general and industry media, government testimony, and think tank analysis. He has also served on the founding team of the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin, Germany, as Co-Director (part-time), Economy and Business Research Area.

Teaching

Marc’s teaching builds on his background as a corporate executive with experience in leading global businesses.

At Saïd Business School, Marc teaches the "Global Strategy" and “Doing Business in China” MBA elective courses and is part of the teaching teams of other degree and executive education programmes. He currently serves as Academic Director of the Oxford Diploma in Global Business.

 

  • MBA
  • MSc in Major Programme Management
  • Oxford Diploma in Global Business
  • Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation
  • Executive education