Olufemi Babarinde

Clinical Associate Professor of Global Studies
Faculty
THNDRBIRD Campus
Mailcode
0158

Biography

Associate Professor, Global Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Doing business in Africa, Business issues in South Africa, Political science in business
practice, Doing business in Europe

Courses:
Business Environment of Kenya, Contemporary Business in Europe, Regional Business
Environment: Europe, Regional Business Environment: Sub-Saharan Africa, Regional
Economic Agreements, South Africa: Emerging Market

Professional Bio:
Olufemi A. Babarinde, Ph.D., is an associate professor of global business at Thunderbird
School of Global Management.

Dr. Babarinde’s areas of expertise include doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa,
business issues in South Africa, doing business in Europe, international development,
and regional integration agreements. Included in his highly regarded research are the
integration process of the European Union, African regionalism, and the European
Union’s external relations, particularly with less-developed countries, Sub-Saharan Africa
and the U.S.

He has authored/co-authored articles and books, and some of his forthcoming and most
recent publications include “Africa is Open for Business: A Continent on the Move”
(2009), “Bridging the Economic Divide in the Republic of South Africa: A Corporate
Social Responsibility Perspective” (2009), “Renaissance Africa” (2009), “The Social
Dimension of Globalization and EU Development Policy: Promoting Core Labour
Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility” (with Jan Orbie, 2008), “The African
Union: Finally in the Path of the EU?” (2008), and “Exports by least developed countries
in sub-Saharan Africa,” (with Gerrit Faber, 2007).

He is a member of the editorial boards of Thunderbird International Business Review,
Africa Today, and Research in Management Education and Development. He has also
served as a reviewer for a handful of academic journals and book manuscripts, and
consulted for companies and organizations.

He is a member of the European Union Studies Association, the International Studies
Association, the African Studies Association, and the Phi Sigma Alpha National Political
Science Honor Society. He is also a founding member of the African Association of
Arizona, as well as a member of other civic organizations in Arizona.

At Thunderbird, his teaching includes Regional Business Environment of Europe,
Contemporary Business in Europe, and Regional Economic Agreements. He has also
taught courses on European Integration, Regional Business Environment of Sub-Saharan
Africa, Global Political Economy, Technology Policy and International Competitiveness,
and Strategies in International Development. He has taught for Thunderbird in Belgium,
the Czech Republic, France, South Korea, Switzerland, and Taiwan. He has also taught a
three-week transatlantic seminar in the Republic of South Africa on “The Big Emerging
Market of South Africa” every January since 1997.

Dr. Babarinde received his B.A. in Economics from Wittenberg University (1983), his M.A.
in Economics (1985) and in Political Science (1988), and his Ph.D. in Political Science (1991)
from Miami University.

Courses

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 509RBE II: Developed Economies
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 509RBE II: Developed Economies
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 510Strat in Gbl Development
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 509RBE II: Developed Economies
TGM 510Strat in Gbl Development
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 509RBE II: Developed Economies
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 509RBE II: Developed Economies
TBX 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 505States & Markets
TBX 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TBX 598Special Topics