Robert Grosse is professor of business administration and director for Latin America at Thunderbird School of Global Management. He joined the university in August of 1994, and recently rejoined in 2016.
Professor Grosse was dean of the School of Business Administration at American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) during 201416. Before that he was director of George Masons Center for Global Business, Innovation and Transformation during 201113. Before joining George Mason University, Professor Grosse was the director (dean) of the EGADE Business School at Monterrey Tec in Mexico. He oversaw the EGADE campuses in Monterrey and Mexico City. He was also the founding director of Standard Bank Groups (South Africa) executive education program, the Global Leadership Centre, which offers leadership development training to the groups 11,000 managers and executives. He joined the group in March of 2006, and became the overall head of Leadership Development and Learning in July of 2007.
He holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, both in international economics. He has taught international finance in the MBA and Master of Global Management programs at Thunderbird, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, and at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), as well as in many universities in Latin America.
Professor Grosse is a leading author on international business and on business in Latin America. He has written about global firms strategies in the region (Can Latin American Firms Compete?. Oxford, 2007), the financial crises of 20089 as well as in the 1980s and 1990s and strategies of banks and firms to deal with them (three books and a dozen articles) and the strategies of Latin American firms in international competition (cases on Enersis, Banco Ganadero, YPF, and LanChile, among others). He is editing the Oxford Handbook on Management in Emerging Markets (Oxford, 2017 forthcoming). His recent book on "Emerging Markets: Strategies for Competing in the Global Value Chain" was published in 2015 by Kogan Page. He is a fellow of the Academy of International Business and of the Business Association for Latin American Studies.
Professor Grosse has worked as chair in capital markets at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), and as visiting professor of international finance at Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), ICESI (Cali, Colombia), Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Uniandes (Bogota, Colombia), Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru), and at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral (Santiago, Chile). He has taught executive programs in international finance and global business strategy in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad, Uruguay and Venezuela. He was president of the Business Association of Latin American Studies in 20056 and president of the Academy of International Business during 201214.
He has consulted for a wide range of clients, beginning with Anaconda Copper Corporation and ending with Xerox. In addition he has worked for the US Commerce, Justice, State, and Treasury Departments, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations. Among the many companies he has served are: American Express, Banco Ganadero, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, EXXON, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Raymond James, Texaco, and YPF.
He lives in Glendale, Arizona, with his wife Christine. He enjoys the outdoors and many sports from canoeing to taekwondo.
- Emerging Markets
- Global Studies
- International Economics
- International Finance
- Ph.D. International Economics, University of North Carolina
- B.A. International Economics, Princeton University
International business, global strategy, international financial management, business in emerging markets
Academy of International Business, (President 2012-14; Secretary-Treasurer 1989-90) American Economic Association Academy of Management Business Association for Latin American Studies (President 2005-6; Vice President 2004-5) North American Economics and Finance Association, (Vice-President 1991-92) International Trade and Finance Association
THESIS SUPERVISION EGADE Business School, Monterrey Tec (Mexico) Diana Bustani, Financial Strategies and Performance in Mexican Family-owned Firms (Ph.D. 2013). EGADE Business School, Monterrey Tec (Mexico) Alfonso Lopez, Knowledge Transfer in the MNE-Academia-SME Framework (Ph.D. 2013). University of New South Wales (Australia) Owen Young, Internationalization of Financial Services Firms (Committee Member), (Ph.D. June 2007) Texas A & M University Douglas Thomas, Performance of Latin American Firms with Direct Investment Abroad, (Committee Member), (Ph.D. June 2001) University of Texas-Pan American Roberto Curci, The Impact of ADRs on Stock Price Performance in Latin America, (Committee Member), (Ph.D., August 1999) Rutgers University John Dilyard, Explaining Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment in Emerging Markets, (Committee Member), (Ph.D., May 1999) Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management Biljana Cepuslav, Privatization and Foreign Direct Investment in Macedonia (MIM, 1999) Erica Haefner, Rates of Return in Latin America vs. the United States, (MIM, 1997) The University of Miami Kumar Venkataramany, An Expert System for International Bank Management (Ph.D. in International Studies, 1998) Laura Kozlosky, Privatization of Telecoms in Latin America and Central Europe (Ph.D. in International Studies, 1995) Diego Arambur�, Latin American Debt: The Case of Peru (Ph.D. in International Studies, 1992) Irene Recio, Privatization of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (M.A. in international studies, 1991) Husein Al-Omar, The Role of the Financial Sector in Kuwaiti Development (Ph.D. in Economics, 1991) Diego Arambur�, Dealing with Perus External Debt Crisis (M.A. in International Studies, 1990) Gregory Smogard, Economic Impact of the Tourism Industry in Caribbean Nations (Ph.D. in International Studies, 1987) Nabeel Al-Manee, The Impact of the Souk Al-Manakh Crash on the Kuwait Economy (M.A. in Economics, 1986) David Dion, A Model for Evaluating Performance in F-4 Fighter Pilot Training Programs (Ph.D. in Education, 1986) Luis Argumosa, A Structural Model for Educational Program Evaluation (Ph.D. in Education, 1984)
Instructional Employment Professor of International Business, Thunderbird School of Global Management (July 2016-date) Dean, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (January 2014-February 2016) Director, Center for Global Business, and Professor of International Business, School of Management, George Mason University (August 2011-December 2013) Director General (Dean), Graduate Business School (EGADE Business School), Monterrey Tec, Monterrey and Mexico City (May 2009-April 2011) Adjunct Professor at Thunderbird on International Finance, teaching via videoconference from South Africa and Mexico (September 2006-December 2012) Conti Group Chair in International Management, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management (August 2005-August 2006) Professor of International Business and Director of Research, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management (1996-2005) Professor of International Business and Director, World Business Department, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management (1994-96) Professor of International Business, University of Miami (1993-94) Asesores Bursatiles Professor of Capital Markets, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), (1992-93) Associate Professor of International Business, University of Miami (1984-1992) Assistant Professor of International Business, University of Miami (1980-1984) Fulbright Scholar, Montevideo, Uruguay, (Summer 1983 and 1985) Visiting Assistant Professor of International Business, University of Michigan (1981-82) Fulbright Scholar, Universidad del Pac�fico in Lima, Peru (Summer 1981) Assistant Professor of International Business, Florida International University (1977-80) Visiting instructor in monetary theory and principles of economics, North Carolina State University (1976-77) Professional Employment Robert Grosse most recently was Dean of the business school at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The School has approximately 1800 students and 80 professors in 5 programs. He was responsible for the full range of activities, from recruiting to fund-raising, managing and supporting faculty members, working with students and alumni, etc. He was the Director General of EGADE Business School, Monterrey Tecs graduate business school in Mexico City and Monterrey during 2009-2011. He was responsible for overseeing the 300 professors and 2000 students in the thirteen academic programs of the school, along with executive education, fundraising, and other activities related to the success of the School. Prior to that he was the founding Director of Standard Banks executive education program, the Global Leadership Centre, which is designed to offer leadership development training to the Groups 11,000 managers and executives. He joined the Group in March of 2006, and worked with the team overseeing the design of curriculum, recruiting of instructors, completion of physical facilities, and launch of the overall Centre programs in October 2006. He became the overall head of Leadership Development and Learning, reporting to the CEO, in July of 2007. Director, Leadership Development, Standard Bank Group (July 2007-February 2009) Director, Global Leadership Centre, Standard Bank Group (March 2006-July 2007) Consultant to United Nations Center on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for preparation of the World Investment Report 2005 (2004-5) Consultant to Frontino Gold Mines for international financing evaluation (2004) Consultant to Merrill Lynch in dealing with corporate ethics crisis (2002) Consultant to Xerox Corporation in developing a global image and strategic direction (2001) Consultant to Banco de Costa Rica for developing global strategy and executive education (2000-01) Consultant to State of Florida for study on Economic Impact of Establishing the Secretariat for the Free Trade Area of the Americas in Miami (1999) Consultant to Citibank-Mexico to analyze the acquisition of Banco Confia (1999) Consultant to Government of Ecuador and oil company consortium to design and carry out a series of encounters between public and private sectors, leading to approval of construction of a $US 1.2 billion oil pipeline. (1998) Consultant to Banco de Credito e Inversiones (Chile) in development of executive training programs (1998-99) Consultant to YPF, Argentine national oil company, in development of global strategy (1997-8) Consultant to US Government for analysis of money laundering in Mexico (1998-9) Consultant to Government of Colombia, PROEXPORT-COLOMBIA, for the development and presentation of a series of seminars and workshops to assist exporters (1996-7) Consultant to Commonwealth Development Corporation to investigate the establishment of a mortgage finance company in Central America (1995) Consultant to YPF, Argentine national oil company, in strategic planning and restructuring (1992) Consultant to Asociaci�n de Bancos de la Rep�blica Argentina (ABRA) to develop banking seminars (1991) Consultant to Universidad Gabriela Mistral, a business school in Santiago, Chile, to help develop its international business program (1990-91, 1997-) Consultant to United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations for study of technology transfer in service sector industries into Latin American countries (1990-92) Consultant to Banco Ganadero, International, for development and coordination of strategic plan (1990, 1991) Consultant to US Government for study of foreign exchange black market in Colombia. Expert witness for Richey, Munroe, and Fine, P.A. on Venezuelan foreign exchange regime (1990) Consultant to United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations for study of government policies toward foreign multinational firms in Latin America (1989) Expert witness for Laxalt, Washington, Perito and Dubuc, P.A., on BCCI international money laundering case (1989) Consultant to ICESI, a business school in Cali, Colombia, to establish an international business MBA program (1988) and an advanced international management program (1990) Consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in a project to assist two Peruvian universities develop international business programs (1987-90) Expert witness for Shaw, Howlett, and Schwartz, P.A., to provide technical analysis of U.S. trade policy toward Japanese steel imports for a case defending a U.S. steel producer (1987) Consultant to American Express Corporation for study on the impact of tourism investment in Mexico and financing of a debt/equity swap there (1987) Consultant to IBM Corporation for executive development programs in Latin America (1986-9) Consultant to Florida International Bankers Association for studies on costs & benefits of international banking in Florida (1985, 1987, and 1990) Consultant to Getulio Vargas Foundation for program in Peru (Summer 1985) Consultant to Organization of American States and Interamerican Development Bank for programs in Mexico and Costa Rica (Summer 1984) Consultant to Regency Square Properties to forecast Latin American regional office locations of multinational enterprises (Winter 1982) Consultant to the Miami Herald to construct a regional index of economic activity, with Professors Bekele and Sugrue (Fall 1980) Grantee from the Council of the Americas for thesis research on the Andean Pacts Decision 24 (September 1975 - September 1976) Consultant to Anaconda Corporation for lawsuits against OPIC relating to expropriated Chilean copper mines (December 1974 - January 1975) Contractee with Professor Jack N. Behrman for E.P.A. international pollution study (May 1974 - August 1975) Consultant to Huyck Corporation, Wake Forest, North Carolina, for foreign market analysis (Spring 1974) United States Treasury Department Office of International Affairs, research economist (Summer 1973)
Head, Leadership Development & Learning, Standard Bank Group (2006-2009)