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Stefan H. Robock is R. D. Calkins Professor Emeritus of International Business at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.

A native of Wisconsin, Professor Robock received his BA degree (1938) from the University of Wisconsin and his MA (1941) and Ph.D. (1948) degrees from Harvard University. He also has honorary degrees: Professor Honoris Causa, University of Recife (Brazil) 1956 and MA (Hon.) ESTE, San Sebastian (Spain) 1974.

From 1940 to 1954, he worked for the U. S. Government, with four years out during WW II as a Navy Air Intelligence Officer in North Africa, Brazil and Japan. His government work included a five year term (1949-54) as Chief Economist of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In 1954, Robock began a series of foreign assignments and served for 2½ years as United Nations Economic Development Adviser for Northeast Brazil. Many subsequent missions in Brazil resulted in a cumulative residence of about 5 years in Brazil. Other overseas missions were undertaken for the UN, World Bank, Ford Foundation and the U. S. government in India, Bolivia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Liberia, Malawi and other countries. He lectured for USIA in Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, India, Peru, Chile, Brunei and Thailand.

His academic career commenced 1960 as Director of Indiana University’s pioneering international business program. From1967 to 1984, he was on the faculty of Columbia University. He served in 1985 as Visiting Professor at China’s first management program (Beijing Management Institute) and in 1989 at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. In 1992, He was a visiting professor at the International Management Center, Budapest. Hungary.

Author of 7 books and numerous articles on international business, regional development, nuclear power, international technology transfers, Japanese trading companies and a textbook (Kenneth Simmonds, Co-author) International Business & Multinational Enterprises, 4th Ed. (Irwin), 1989.

Stefan H. Robock died on August 1, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 97 at his home in Bluffton, SC. 


Last Updated: August 2012

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