Kayhan Tajeddini is a Professor of Strategic Management and International Business at the Institute for International Strategy, Tokyo International University. He has accumulated a breadth of teaching, research and industry experience in the international environments. He earned his MBA (1997) from Mazandaran University of Science and Technology, Iran, and his Ph.D. (2007) in Strategic Management/Marketing from the University of Bradford School of Management in the UK (with no corrections).


Prior to joining TIU, Dr. Tajeddini spent several years as a faculty member at Lund University in Sweden, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan, Les Roches International School of Hospitality Management in Switzerland, and the University of South Wales (Glamorgan University) in the UK. He was awarded the Broman Postdoc Full Scholarship in Strategic Innovation Management from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been active in organizing workshops and conducting joint research projects with other international faculty members, including acquisition of research funds.


Dr. Tajeddini has been the recipient of several research fellowships and competitive research grants from different sources, including research grants from Les Roches and Asia Pacific University Academic Research Subsidy for the AY Research Awards in 2010. In 2013, he and a colleague received a grant of 3.2 Million SKR from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation in Sweden to carry out research about strategic collaboration among marketing managers. More recently, he has received an individual research grant from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (4,420,000JPY). 


Dr. Tajeddini has published in premier peer-reviewed journals, including Tourism Management (ABS4*), Long Range Planning (ABS3*), International Journal of Hospitality Management (ABS3*), Journal of Marketing Management (ABS3*), Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management (ABS2*), and others. More recently, his coauthored book chapter was selected as an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The award was given for his solid understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as his great desire to conduct research that feeds into teaching and his strong commitment to high-quality research. The Award Selection Committee recognized the chapter as one of the most impressive pieces of work in 2015. 


Prior to entering academia, Dr. Tajeddini spent 6 years in the corporate environment, including a commercial managing position with Tile Corporation. He has lived and worked in several different countries, giving him first-hand knowledge of international management and cross-cultural training. Today, based on his expertise, he passionately devotes himself to both teaching and research in marketing management, which are enhanced by his first-hand knowledge of international management and cross-cultural experiences.


Dr. Tajeddini is presently the Coordinating Editor of the International Journal of Hospitality Management (Impact Factor: 2.787) (Elsevier) and Editor in Chief of the Middle East Journal of Management (Inderscience). In addition, he has been on the editorial review board of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies (2008-2012), as well as an ad hoc reviewer for many top journals such as Long Range Planning, British Journal of Management, Journal of Marketing Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly and others.