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Arpan is currently Chairman of the International Business Department and James F. Kane Professor of International Business at the University of South Carolina. He has been actively involved in AIB since 1971, winning the doctoral dissertation competition that year, then later serving as Southeast Regional Chairman (1972-76), Vice President, twice Program Chairman (1977- 1979), ten times as Chairman of the Dissertation Competition Judging Committee and Associate Editor of JIBS (1975-76).
Considered one of the research pioneers in the field of FDI in the United States and international transfer pricing, he has coauthored a dozen books about a wide range of international business topics He has also been ranked one of the 25 most prolific authors in JIBS.
Vice President -- 1998 Program
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Kogut is Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and has been a member of the AIB since 1982. He is director of the Emerging Economies Program, and co-director of the Reginald H. Jones Center at the Wharton School. He has been a visiting professor at Humboldt University in 1981, Stockholm School of Economics in 1983 and 1987, and at the Ecole Polytechnique in 1993. His early writings were on contract enforcement in East-West trade and on international strategy. His current work is on direct investment and localized knowledge, comparative institutions in historical perspective, and false complementarities. He has served numerous times in the doctoral consortia for the AIB, EIBA, and Academy of Management.
Vice President -- 1997 Program
Masaaki "Mike" Kotabe
The University of Texas at Austin
Kotabe is Professor of International Business and Ambassador Edward Clark Centennial Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also lectured at various business schools around the world. His research interests are in the area of international marketing, with a focus on global sourcing, competitive strategy, technology management, and export promotion as well as cross-cultural comparative issues. Kotabe is a prolific writer of many scholarly publications, including books and journal articles. His recent books include Anticompetitive Practices in Japan (with Kent W. Wheiler, 1996), and Marketing Management (with Michael R. Czinkota and David Mercer, 1996 forthcoming). In 1994, he was ranked the 6th most productive contributor to JIBS in the past 25 years.
Vice President Administration
The University of Scranton
Trussler is Associate Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the International Business Program at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. She received both a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Pennsylvania State University and an Advanced Professional Certificate in International Business from New York University's Graduate School of Business in 1988. She became active in the AIB's Northeastern USA Chapter in 1990, served as Program Chair and Proceedings Editor in 1993 and 1994, and as Chapter Chair since 1994. She formalized the functioning and administration of the AIB-NE, including drafting that Chapter's first formal Constitution and overseeing its ratification. Her recent publications have focused on strategies for internationalization and computerization, and on internationalizing business curricula. Her on-going research is concerned with the locational strategies of foreign-based versus domestic firms.
Immediate Past President
Donald R. Lessard
MIT Sloan School
A graduate of Stanford University, Lessard examines strategy and organization in an international context, and investigates finance for developing countries. He has devised a new approach for combining financial and strategic risk management in emerging markets. He also shares leadership in the Sloan School's Asian Initiatives and is the faculty coordinator for the international MBA programs that Fudan and Tsinghua universities are offering in collaboration with the Sloan School.