International Business

Joel Nicholson, Ph.D.

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Professor Nicholson is a full Professor at San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Florida State University and his M.B.A. from Gonzaga University.

Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
BUS 347
Phone: 
(415) 338-7017
Office Hours: 
M 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (virtually, please email first)
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • 2 Years Grad Spanish & French Lang & Literature (1978), Washington State University
  • B.A. (1976), Central Washington University (Spanish with minor in German)
  • M.B.A. (1986), Gonzaga University
  • Ph.D. (1991), The Florida State University
Research Interests: 
  • Global Leader Development
  • Comaprative Cognition -- Values, Beliefs, Attitudes and their Differential Influence on Behavior across Cultures
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Regional Economic Integration -- NAFTA
  • Comparative Management -- Latin America (Chile, Venezuela, Mexico); Asia (China) and the U.S.A.
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Expatriate Training -- Sojourner Acculturation
  • Culture -- National, Regional, Ethnic, Professional, Corporate
  • Creativity in Education -- Online and Mega-Section Delivery
Honors and Awards: 
  • Sabbatical Leave: Competitive, Longitudinal Study of Nafta(Spring, 2002)
  • Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Int'l Student Commununity (1997-1998)
  • Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching (1997-1998)
  • Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activities Recognition (November, 1996)
  • The Thunderbird Award for Most Outstanding Applied Paper (1995)
  • The Irwin Distinguished Paper Award (1994)
  • The Irwin Distinguished Paper Award (1993)
  • Best Paper Award--Journal of The American Academy of Business (December, 2001)
  • Teacher of the Year -- Management Department Illinois State University (1992-1993)
  • Outstanding Service Award -- Management Department Illinois State Univ (1992-1993)
  • Outstanding Service Award -- Management Department Illinois State Univ (1992-1993)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award -- Florida State University COB (1989)
  • Phi Kappa Phi -- National Honor Society Member (1976-Current)
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon -- Honorary Management Fraternity FSU (1986-1990)
  • Phi Beta Delta -- Honor Society for International Scholars SFSU (1996-Current)
  • Doctoral Consortium in International Mgmt -- Academy of Mgmt (1989)
  • Selected Jr Faculty Consortium in Internationa Mgmt -- Academy of Mgmt (1995)
  • Doctoral and New Faculty Consortium in Int'l Mgmt--Southern Ac of Mgmt (1989)
  • Doctoral Fellowship in Business Administration -- Florida State Univ (1986-1989)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to ISU Most Outstanding Student (1996)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to ISU Foundation Award Student (1996)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to ISU Outstanding Junior IBUS Student (1995)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to Most Outstanding MBA Student (1993)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to Outstanding Student Athlete (1992)
  • Most Influential Faculty Member to ISU Most Outstanding Student (1992)
  • Teacher of the Year -- College of Business
Professional Associations: 
  • The Academy of International Business
  • The Academy of Management -- International
  • Cognition & HRM Divisions
  • Business Association of Latin American Studies

Yikuan Lee, Ph.D.

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Professor Yikuan Lee is an associate professor in the International Business department at San Francisco State University.

Her research covers new product innovation, innovation adoption, strategic marketing management in high-tech arenas, decision making, psychology and behavioral economics.

She has published in Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Theory, and Journal of Business Research.

Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Associate Professor
Office: 
SCI 311
Phone: 
(415) 338-1806
Office Hours: 
M 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM; T 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • M.B.A. (1994), National Central University, Taiwan
  • Ph.D. in High-Tech Management (2000), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Interests: 
  • New Product Innovation
  • Innovation adoption
  • High-tech marketing
  • Decision making
  • Psychology and behavioral economics

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Network effects
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Area Specialty:

  • North America
  • Emerging markets
Honors and Awards: 
  • Best Paper Award at the 2003 Global Conference on Business and Economy (July 2003)
  • Edl and Edith Darger Doctoral Dissertation Award, Rensselaer Polytechn (May 2000)
  • Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, Product Development and Management A (October 1999)
  • Best Paper Award, Product Development and Management Association Inter (October 1999)
  • California State University 2002-2003 Affirmative Action Faculty Devel (December 2002)
  • California State University 2002-2003 Affirmative Action Faculty Devel (December 2003)
  • Best Paper Award - Journal of Product Innovation and Management (2004)
  • Research Competition Award - Product Developm and Management Associati (March 2005)

Bruce Heiman, Ph.D.

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Professor Heiman’s education includes an A.B. in Psychology from Stanford (1981); an M.S. from Stanford in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design (1983); an M.B.A. from Universiteit Nijenrode, NL (1990); and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (Business and Public Policy, 2002). He has published in a substantial number of academic journals and conference proceedings as well as refereed books.

Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
SCI 315/DTC
Phone: 
(415) 405-0596
Office Hours: 
M 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (SCI 315); T 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (DTC)
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • A.B. in Psychology (1981), Stanford University
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design (1983), Stanford University, Engineering (Prod. Design)
  • M.B.A. (1991), Nijenrode University, Netherlands
  • Ph.D. in Business and Public Policy (2002), University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: 
  • International aspects of Innovation and creativity
  • International Strategic Alliances & JVs
  • Management of creativity and technology in a globalized world
  • Knowledge sharing internationally
  • Problem discovery (finding, choosing)
  • Problem Solving
  • Ad hoc processes and dynamic capabilities in organizations

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Transaction cost economics
  • Microfoundations Theory
  • Problem-solving perspective
  • Social networks
  • Strategic fit
  • Evolutionary economics
  • Dynamic Capabilities
  • Value creation processes versus value capture

Area Specialties:

  • Europe, especially western Europe and increasingly eastern-/transition- European economies
  • EU and European social, economic and political integration/disintegration
  • Languages: Dutch (near fluent), French (intermediate)
  • Design Thinking in individuals, teams, and organizations
  • Main empirical tools/methods: Surveys, interviews, content analysis, public data, discrete choice analysis, multiple regression, network analysis 9 (SNA, Cluster, MDS), non-parametric statistics, path analysis

Lihua Wang, Ph.D.

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Lihua Wang is an associate professor at International Business Department, College of Business, San Francisco State University. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University, a M.B.A. degree from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Nankai University, China. Her research interests include internationalization of firms in emerging markets, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, and inter-firm relationships.

Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Associate Professor
Office: 
SCI 349
Phone: 
(415) 405-0964
Office Hours: 
ThF 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM; Th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • Ph.D. in Management and Organizations (2003), Northwestern University
  • M.B.A. (1996), Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • B.A. in Economics (1991), Nankai, China
Research Interests: 
  • Internationalization
  • Inter-firm relationships
  • Corporate social responsibility

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Internationalization
  • Stakeholder management theory
  • Resource-based view of a firm

Area Specialty:

  • China
Honors and Awards: 
  • College of Business Research Productivity Award, Fall 2016

  • Emerald Citations of Excellence Award, 2015 from Emerald Group Publishing, for the article: Liang, X., Lu, X., & Wang, L. 2012. Outward internationalization of private enterprises in China: the effect of competitive advantages and disadvantages compared to home market rivals. Journal of World Business, 47(1), 134-144.  

  • CSU Summer Stipend, 2007
  • Grant for Soocial Science Research, Education Ministry of China (RMB 50,000)
  • Best Article of 2006, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing
Professional Associations: 
  • The Academy of Management
  • International Association for Chinese Management Research

Roblyn Simeon, Ph.D.

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Before beginning his academic career, Professor Simeon worked for several years on Wall Street and in Tokyo as a financial & securities analyst for American Express, Daiwa Securities and Swiss Bank (SBCI now UBS). He has also periodically engaged in business consulting activities. Professor Simeon has done research/taught at Kansai University (Japan), Waseda University (Japan), IAE, University of Nice (France), University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and San Francisco State University (SFSU).

Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
SCI 365
Phone: 
(415) 338-6298
Office Hours: 
TTh 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature & Literary Criticism, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A. in International Affairs: Concentration in International Economics & Comparative Politics, Johns Hopkins, University & SAIS Bologna, Italy
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests: 
  • International Business
  • Organizational learning
  • Competence and Resource Based Strategies
  • Comparative Internet Business Strategies

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Comparative management
  • Internet marketing strategy
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Career Development

Area Speciality:

  • Emerging Markets
  • Japan, US & Europe
  • The Caribbean

Gerardo Ungson, Ph.D.

Gerardo R. Ungson is the Y.F. Chang Endowed Chair and Professor of International Business. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Resident Fellow with CEIBS-IEMS (China European International Business School Institute for Emerging Market Studies), headquartered in Shanghai. His most recent research covers strategies in emerging and developing markets, poverty alleviation, ecological labelling, and website characteristics.

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Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Professor, Y.F. Chang Endowed Chair
Office: 
SCI 304/DTC
Phone: 
(415) 405-3749
Office Hours: 
WTh 1:00 - 3:00 PM; or by appointment
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • B.S. in Management Engineering, Ateneo University, Philippines
  • M.B.A in Management, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests: 
  • Strategies in Emerging Markets
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Economics of Underdevelopment

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Strategic Management
  • Development Economics
  • Institutional Theory

Area Specialty:

  • ASEAN
  • BRICs

Tae Furuse, M.B.A.

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Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Lecturer
Office: 
SCI 363
Phone: 
(415) 338-1107
Office Hours: 
W 12:00 PM - 1 :00 PM; Th 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
None
Terminal Degree: 
M.B.A.
Education: 
  • AA in Liberal Study (1985), College of San Mateo
  • B.S. in International Business (1992), San Francisco State University
  • M.B.A. (1994), San Francisco State University

Sergey Lebedev, Ph.D.

Sergey Lebedev is an Assistant Professor at the International Business Department, San Francisco State University. The main focus of his research is the influence of institutional environments and relational factors (such as alliance network ties or political connections) on firms’ strategic choices and their performance consequences. His teaching interests include International Business, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship.

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Role: 
Faculty
Position: 
Assistant Professor
Office: 
SCI 325
Phone: 
(415) 338-1524
Office Hours: 
M 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM; T 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Terminal Degree: 
Ph.D.
Education: 
  • B.S. (2007), Moscow State University, Russia
  • M.S. (2009), Moscow State University, Russia
  • Ph.D. (2016), University of Texas at Dallas
Research Interests: 
  • Institutional influences on firm behavior and performance
  • Interfirm networks
  • Political ties

Main Theoretical Focus:

  • Institutional theory
  • Social networks

Area Speciality:

  • USA
  • China
  • Russia