International Business

Joel Nicholson, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
BUS 347
Phone: 
(415) 338-7017
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Biography: 

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.

His main research focus is on cross-cultural and comparative management; specific research interests include acculturation, expatriation, repatriation, global leader development and the varying influence of culture on business behavior across nations. His long term focus is on Latin America, specifically on Mexico and the North American Free Trade Agreement. He has several dozen refereed publications and serves on various academy and journal review boards. Fluent in Spanish, Professor Nicholson has served for many years as a Fulbright Senior Specialist on Latin America.

Professor Nicholson began his teaching career over 30 years ago, teaching in and directing an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for Vietnamese refugees at Central Washington University, where he received his B.A. in Spanish with a minor in German. He taught Spanish at Washington State University for two years where he studied graduate Spanish and French language and literature. Professor Nicholson subsequently served for a decade as the Director of International Student Programs at Gonzaga University (Jesuit) where he founded and directed another ESL Program.

He taught Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Introduction to Management courses in business at the Florida State University for four years before joining Illinois State University. At Illinois State, he served as the Academic Director of the interdisciplinary International Business major and also served as Director of the Business Study Abroad Programs in France, England, Germany and Mexico. He was awarded his first tenure iand promoted to Associate Professor at ISU in 1995. While at ISU, Professor Nicholson founded and directed the Summer International Business Institute (SIBI) which brought together students from all over the world to study International Business (a reverse study abroad program which had ISU sutdent particpants). The SIBI students nicknamed him "Papa Joel".

Professor Nicholson joined SFSU as Chair of the Department of International Business in 1996. He was awarded his second tenure and promoted to Full Professor in 1998. Professor Nicholson teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

He currently teaches online mega-sections of International Business and Multicultural Relations and has taught other courses in International Business, Strategic Management, Global Strategic Management, Global Leader Development, Doing Business in Latin America, and International Human Resource Management.

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 -- Lam Family College of Business
Professional Associations: 
  • The Academy of International Business
  • The Academy of Management -- International
  • Cognition & HRM Divisions
  • Business Association of Latin American Studies

Bruce Heiman, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
DTC 606
Phone: 
(415) 405-0596
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: W 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM (DTC 606, Cube 1)
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Biography: 

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. He has served for five years as Chair of the Lam Family College of Business Graduate Curriculum Committee, and President of the SF State Friends of the JPL Library, a non-profit that supports the Library at SFSU.Prof. Heiman’s research interests include international aspects of creativity and innovation. Within this realm, his interests include design thinking in firms, transaction cost economics, and its application to international aspects of problem finding and solving in organizations.

In addition to work at SF State, Prof. Heiman has taught as a faculty member at Stanford Center for Professional Development, UC Berkeley (Visiting Assoc. Prof.), Universiteit Maastricht, NL (Faculty of Economics), Universiteit Nijenrode (NL), University of San Francisco Masagung School of Management, St. Mary’s College, University of Oulu (Finland), and Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland). Prof. Heiman has over 20 years experience working full time in firms, or consulting in strategic management, with an emphasis on early-stage innovation processes. He has extensive experience teaching MBA, Undergraduate,Executive MBA, and Certificate Program students. Classes taught include Innovation and Entrepreneurship (UCB), Doing Business in Europe, Global Strategic Management, Creativity Skills for Global Managers, International Business Environment Analysis (SFSU), Statistics and Math for MBA Students (USF), and Cross-Cultural Creativity (SFSU). Prof. Heiman also teaches IBUS 130: Globalization and Business in the 21st Century, a large online undergraduate course. He has extensive experience designing and implementing hybrid and fully online courses. He speaks English (native), Dutch (advanced) and French (elementary).

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

Yikuan Lee, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
SCI 311
Phone: 
(415) 338-1806
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: M 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM; W 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Biography: 

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.

Her work has been well recognized and won her several research grants and awards, such as the best thesis award from Product Development and Management Association, the best paper award from Journal of Product Innovation Management, the best paper award from Global Conference on Business and Economy, and the Research Competition Award from Product Development and Management Association.

She previously taught at the Marketing and Supply Chain Department at Michigan State University. She was also invited to teach Creativity and Innovation at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan; and Chang Jung University, Taiwan.

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)

Lihua Wang, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
SCI 309
Phone: 
(415) 405-0964
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: M 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Biography: 

Lihua Wang is a professor at International Business Department, Lam Family 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. She has extensive teaching experience in the areas of corporate strategy, organizational theory, cross-cultural negotiation, comparative management, international business and global strategy. She has taught at Stanford University, Columbia University, National University of Singapore and San Francisco State University.She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Strategic Management Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, Management and Organization Review, Journal of World Business, Chinese Management StudiesFamily Business Review, and Asian Journal of Business Ethics.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. in Management and Organizations, Northwestern University
  • M.B.A., Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • B.A. in Economics, 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: 
  • Lam Family College of Business Research Productivity Award, Academic Year 2017-2018.

  • Lam Family College of Business Research Productivity Award, Academic Year 2016-2017.

  • 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.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor
Office: 
SCI 365
Phone: 
(415) 338-6298
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: T Th 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Advisor: Undergrad/Grad
Biography: 

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). Professor Simeon has also published research covering topics such as online wine marketing, web-site evaluation strategies (AIPD), expatriate cross-cultural adjustment, popular culture branding, corporate governance & firm performance, international career management, diversity and information processing, venture business and organizational learning. His book entitled "Working in the Global Economy: how to manage your career across borders" (2013) explores international career development and reflects issues related to the global competition for talent and the increasing mobility of skilled workers. Over the years at SFSU, Professor Simeon has taught courses in comparative management, international business, strategic management, Japanese managerial strategies, emerging market business strategies, and international career dynamics. His most recent research covers wine markets in Asia, airline frequent flyer programs and career development in emerging markets.

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

Nini Yang, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor, Department Chair
Office: 
SCI 367
Phone: 
(415) 338-2987
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: W 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM or by appointment (SCI); M 4:30-5:30 pm (DTC) by appointment
Advising Duties & Hours: 
Department Chair
Biography: 

 

Dr. Nini Yang is professor and department chair of International Business at San Francisco State University. She holds a Ph.D. in management and an M.A. in american studies from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY–Buffalo). She is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa (2001), an Oxford University Resident (U.K., 2004), and China Resident Director (2012-13) for California State University International Programs centered at Peking University, Beijing, China.

Her research covers globalization and cross-cultural management issues, such as corporate social responsibility and strategic options, SMEs and international entrepreneurship, cultural relativity of employee motivation, work-family interfaces in culturally distinct societies, gender equity and career trends, comparative industrial relations, and the changing landscape of higher education in the global economy. Her publications can be found in refereed journals, including Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), and six cooperative books.

Dr. Yang has expansive teaching experiences through three state university systems (New York, Georgia and California), and has also taught as a guest professor in Europe, Africa, and China. Her main areas of teaching include international business, comparative management, international human resource management, and global strategic management. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Yang is actively engaged in professional services, consulting, and executive training and development programs. She has served on several ETS program committees (Educational Testing Services, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey), including the College Level Examination Program for Principles of Management, Multi Fields Tests in Business, and GMAT. She provides book reviews and research paper reviews on a regular basis for a variety of publishers, refereed journals and academic conferences.

Education: 
  • M.A. (1989), SUNY Buffalo
  • Ph.D. (1996), SUNY Buffalo
Research Interests: 
  • Strategic CSR and local responsiveness
  • SMEs and international entrepreneurship
  • Work-family interfaces in culturally distinct societies
  • Gender equity and career paths in Western industrial societies
  • Cultural relativity of employee motivation and leader effectiveness
  • Comparative industrial relations
  • Higher education and human capital development in the landscape of global dynamics

Main Theoretical Focus

  • Quantitative research and conceptual frameworks in international business
  • Strategy and comparative management
  • Global human resource management
  • Institution-based perspectives

Area Specialty

  • Emerging markets, BRICS, especially China and Asia
  • U.S., SINO-U.S.
  • EU
  • Africa, especially South Africa

Gerardo Ungson, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Professor, Y.F. Chang Endowed Chair
Office: 
SCI 304/DTC
Phone: 
(415) 405-3749
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: W 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, by appointment (email for an appointment)
Biography: 

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. He has co-authored nine books, including Rough Diamonds: For Successful Traits of Breakout Firms in BRIC (with Seung Ho Park and Nan Zhou) published in 2013 that was awarded the 2013 Best Book on Globalization by the Strategy + Business Journal. His most recent book on emerging markets, co-authored with Seung Ho Park and Andrew Cosgrove, Scaling the Tail: Profitable Growth in Emerging Markets, was published by Palgrave- MacMillan in 2015. The third part of the book-series, ASEAN Champions: Stalwarts of Regional Integration, co-authored with Seung Ho Park and Jamil Paolo Francisco will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Since 2005, he has been working with Dr. Sixto K. Roxas on the transformation of communities and its impact on global poverty and ecological degradation.

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, MBA

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Marketing
Position: 
Lecturer
Office: 
SCI 363
Phone: 
(415) 338-1107
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: T 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, W 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Advising Duties & Hours: 
None
Education: 
  • AA in Liberal Study (1985), College of San Mateo
  • B.S. in International Business (1992), San Francisco State University
  • MBA (1994), San Francisco State University

Sergey Lebedev, Ph.D.

Role: 
Faculty
Department: 
International Business
Position: 
Assistant Professor
Office: 
SCI 325
Phone: 
(415) 338-1524
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: MW 1:50 PM - 3:50 PM
Biography: 

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.

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