Marc Szepan

Lecturer in International Business

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Marc Szepan is a Lecturer in International Business. Previously, he was a corporate executive.

Marc 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 US. 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 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.


  • Strategic management of global businesses
  • Leadership of technology-intensive and digital businesses
  • Leadership development
  • Safety management
  • Aviation industry
  • Business in China


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

His research interests include strategic management of global businesses, leadership of technology-intensive and digital businesses, leadership development, safety management, the aviation industry, and business in China.

He has published in English, German, and Chinese.


Academic publications

Outsourcing in global software development: effects of temporal location and methodologies(opens in new window)

  • Journal article
  • International Journal of Business and Social Science
  • Mark Looi,
  • Marc Szepan
International Business

Chinas Wirtschaftswachstum: Datenprobleme und alternative Indikatoren [China’s Economic Growth: Data Problems and Alternative Indicators]

  • Chapter
  • Das politische System der Volksrepublik China [The Political System of the People’s Republic of China]
  • S Heep,
  • M Huotari,
  • M Szepan
International Business

Realwirtschaft und Staat [The Real Economy and the State]

  • Chapter
  • Das politische System der Volksrepublik China [The Political System of the People’s Republic of China]
  • M Szepan
International Business

Changing the Rules of the Game: The Commercial Aircraft Industry in China

  • Journal article
  • Harvard Asia Quarterly
  • M Szepan
International Business
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Practitioner publications

How safety-critical businesses can improve cybersecurity risk management 
Article  |  FAA Aviation Mx Human Factors Quarterly |  2021 
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How to address systemic safety and quality issues
Article  |  Aircraft Maintenance Technology  |  2020
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Leading the way through a major crisis
Article  |  Oxford Answers  |  2020
M Szepan

Five steps to an effective internal voluntary reporting system
Article  |  Aircraft Maintenance Technology  |  2018
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Is China ready to compete in the commercial aircraft industry?
Article  |  Forbes  |  2015
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Given Marc’s background as a corporate executive, he maintains active links with the business community.

Marc champions and mentors former team members and students and takes pride in their achievements. 

Marc 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.


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

At Saïd Business School, Marc teaches the ‘Global Strategy’, ‘Managing Global Tech & Digital Businesses’, and ‘Doing Business in China’ MBA elective courses.

Marc is also part of the teaching teams of other degree and executive education programmes, including the Oxford Executive Diploma in Global Business, the Oxford Executive Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, and the MSc in Major Programme Management. He served as Academic Director of the Oxford Executive Diploma in Global Business during 2018.

The Saïd Business School MBA class 2018-2019 elected Marc to serve as their End of Course Ceremony speaker. He is also a recipient of the University of Oxford Social Sciences Division 2021 Divisional Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career Strand).

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