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Robert Grosse is Professor of Business Administration and Director for Latin America at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. He joined the University in August of 1994, and recently rejoined in 2016.
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Professor Grosse was Dean of the School of Business Administration at American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) during 2014-2016. Before that he was Director of George Mason’s Center for Global Business, Innovation and Transformation during 2011-13. 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 Group’s (South Africa) executive education program, the Global Leadership Centre, which offers leadership development training to the Group’s 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 2008-9 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 2005-6 and President of the Academy of International Business during 2012-14.
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.
Robert lives in Glendale, Arizona, with his wife Christine. He enjoys the outdoors and many sports from canoeing to taekwondo.
International business, global strategy, international financial management, business in emerging markets
Oxford Handbook on Management in Emerging Markets. (co-author and co-editor with Klaus Meyer) (forthcoming 2018). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ≈400 pp.
Emerging Markets: Strategies for Competing in the Global Value Chain. (November 2015). London: Kogan Page. 261 pp.
Can Latin American Firms Compete? (editor and co-author) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. 350 pp.
International Business-Government Relations in the 21st Century. (editor and co-author) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. 460 pp.
The Future of Global Financial Services. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, May 2004. 218 pp.
Drugs and Money: Laundering Latin American Cocaine Dollars. New York: Praeger Publishers, 2001. 226 pp.
Thunderbird on Global Business Strategy. (editor and co-author) New York: John Wiley Publishers,
April 2000. 362 pp.
Generating Savings for Development in Latin America. (editor and co-author) Coral Gables:
North/South Center, November 1997. 210 pp.
Government Responses to the Latin American Debt Problem. (editor and co-author) Coral Gables: North/South Center, November 1995. 215 pp.
International Business: Theory and Managerial Applications. (with Duane Kujawa) Homewood, Ill.: Richard D. Irwin, Third Edition, 1995; [First Edition, 1988; Second Edition, 1992]. 764 pp.
Foreign Exchange Black Markets in Latin America. New York: Praeger, December 1994. 224 pp.
Technology Transfer in Services to Latin America. New York: United Nations Center on Transnational Corporations, 1994.
Private Sector Solutions to the Latin American Debt Crisis. (editor and co-author) Miami, Florida: North/South Center, 1992. 188 pp.
International Business and Governments. (Jack N.Behrman and Robert Grosse) Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1990. 434 pp.
Foreign Direct Investment and Technology Transfer Incentives Systems: A Framework, Country Studies, and Principles. (Donald Lecraw, Robert Grosse, and John Cantwell) New York: United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations, 1989.
Multinationals in Latin America. London: Routledge, 1989. 265 pp.
Case Studies in International Business. (with Christine Grosse) Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1988. 155 pp.
Foreign Investment Codes and the Location of Direct Investment. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1980. 158 pages.
International Business Curriculum Survey (with G.W. Perritt). Academy of International Business, 1980. 223 pp.
Refereed Journal Articles
“How Emerging Markets Firms will Become Global Leaders”, International Journal of Emerging Markets, forthcoming 2017.
"Competing in China" (with Yan Ling). Journal of Business Research 68 (April, 2015). pp. 1145-1148.
“The Role and Value of Global Business Research: Perspective of a Business School Dean”, Journal of Teaching in International Business Vol. 24, No. 3-4. (2013). pp 1-10.
“Learning through Imports in the Internationalization Process” (with Alejandro Fonseca), Journal of International Management vol. 18, issue 4. (2012). pages 366-378.
“Bank Regulation, Governance, and the Crisis – A Behavioral Finance View", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance Vol. 20. No. 1. (February 2012). pp. 4-25.
“Latin American Company Strategies in the Financial Crisis”, Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies. Vol. 4. No. 1. (January 2012). pp. 55-70.
“Exporting to the Far and Near Abroad” (with Cecilio Garcia and Shannon Mudd), Journal of Business Research. Vol. 66 (2012). pp. 409-416.
“Jean Boddewyn’s Contributions to the Theory of International Government-Business Relations”, International Studies of Management and Organization (Winter 2010) Vol 40. No 4. pp. 25-36.
“US Oil Import Dependence: Which Way Out?” (with Juan Yañes), International Journal of Energy Sector Management (2007). Vol.1, No.2. pp.195-202.
“Managerial Problem-Solving Styles: A Cross-Cultural Study” (with Eulogio Romero Simpson), Latin American Business Review (2007). Vol. 8 No. 2. pp. 41-67.
“Explaining Imports and Exports: A Focus on Non-maquiladora Mexican Firms” (with Douglas Thomas), Multinational Business Review (2007). Vol. 13 No. 3. pp. 25-40.
“The Financing of FDI in Latin America”, Journal of Emerging Markets (Summer 2006). Vol 11, No. 2. pp. 15-26.
“The Manager’s Guide to Big Macs” (with Adrian Tschoegl), Advances in Financial Education, (Spring 2006). pp. 97-111.
“Homeland Security and US International Competitiveness” (with Robert Spich), Journal of International Management (December 2005). Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 457-478.
“New Institutional Economics and FDI Location in Central and Eastern Europe” (with Len Trevino) Management International Review (2/2005). pp. 1-21.
“Are the Largest Financial Institutions Really ‘Global’?,” Management International Review (2004). Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 127-142.
“The Challenges of Globalization for Emerging Market Firms,” Latin American Business Review, (2004) Vol. 4, No. 4. pp. 1-21.
“Rich Man, Poor Man: Resources on Globalization” (with Carol Hammond), Reference Services Review (2003) Vol. 31, No. 3. pp. 285-295.
“An Analysis of Firm-specific Resources and Foreign Direct Investment in the United States” (with Len Trevino), International Business Review (2002) Vol. 11 No. 4.
“Dealing with Financial Crises in Emerging Markets” (with Shannon Mudd and John Mathis)
Thunderbird International Business Review (May-June 2002) Vol. 44 No. 3. pp. 399-430.
“Why Are the US Banks Ahead?” (with Alan Gart) Corporate Finance Review (January-February 2002). pp. 18-26.
“Returns on Bank Deposits in Latin America: Is there a free lunch?” (with Evan Tanner and Roberto Curci) Journal of Emerging Markets (Summer 2001). pp. 37-51.
“The Coming Oil Price Crash,” (with Juan Yañes) Business Horizons (September 2001). pp. 31-38.
“International Banks’ Performance: A Five-Country Comparison” (with Alan Gart) Global Business & Finance Review (Fall 2001). pp. 1-15.
“Why Oil will Cost $5 per Barrel in 2010” (with Juan Yañes) The Fletcher Forum (Spring 2001). pp. 59-73.
“Country of Origin Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment in an Emerging Market: The Case of Mexico” (with Doug Thomas) Journal of International Management (2001). pp. 59-79.
“Mexico: The Black Market in Foreign Exchange and Its Relationship with Narcotics Money Laundering,” Journal of Money Laundering Control. Vol. 3 No. 1 (August 1999). pp. 67-80.
“The Privatization of YPF” (with Juan Yañes) Academy of Management Executive (Spring 1998). Vol 12, No. 2. pp. 51-63.
“The Future of the Global Financial Services Industry,” The International Executive. (Sept/Oct 1997). pp. 599-617.
“Restrictive Business Practices in International Service Industries: Examples from Latin America,” Transnational Corporations (August 1997). Vol. 7 No.2 pp. 29-50.
“International Technology Transfer in Services” Journal of International Business Studies (Fourth Quarter 1996). pp. 781-800.
“The Bargaining Relationship between Foreign MNEs and Host Governments in Latin America,” International Trade Journal (Winter 1996). pp. 467-499.
“The Boom and Bust of Latin American Lending” (with Lawrence Goldberg) Journal of Economics and Business (1996). Vol. 48. pp. 285-298.
“Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: An Analysis by Country of Origin” (with Len Trevino) Journal of International Business Studies (First Quarter 1996). pp. 139-155.
“American Marketing in the European Union: Standardization’s Uneven Progress in 1973-93” European Journal of Marketing (December 1995). pp. 23-42.
“Location Choice of Foreign Banks in the United States” (with Lawrence Goldberg) Journal of Economics and Business (1994). Vol. 46. pp. 367-379.
“Airline Competition in Latin America -- Is Privatization the Answer?,” Business & the Contemporary World (Fall 1994). pp. 106-118.
“The Expected Impact of a US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on the Financial Services Sector” North American Journal of Economics and Finance (Spring 1994). pp. 79-98.
“Jamaica’s Black Market in Foreign Exchange,” Journal of Development Studies (October 1994). pp. 17-43.
“The Debt-Equity Swap -- In Whose Interest?” Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting (Spring 1992). pp. 13-39.
“Colombia’s Black Market in Foreign Exchange,” World Development (August 1992). pp. 1193-1207.
“Theory in International Business” (with Jack N. Behrman) Transnational Corporations (Fall 1991). pp. 91-116.
“A Valuation Model of Latin American Loans in the Secondary Market” Research in International Banking and Finance (with Diego Aramburú) (1991).
“Peru’s Black Market in Foreign Exchange” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs (Fall 1991). pp. 135-167.
“A Bargaining Theory of Government/MNE Relations: The Latin American Case” (with Diego Aramburú) International Trade Journal (Winter 1990). pp. 209-237.
“Foreign Banking in the United States: An Analysis by Country of Origin” (with Lawrence Goldberg), Journal of Banking and Finance Vol. 15 (Fall 1991). pp. 1093-1112.
“The Economic Impact of Andean Cocaine Traffic on Florida,” Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs (Winter 1990). pp. 137-159.
“Competitive Advantages and Multinational Enterprises: An Application in Latin America,” Journal of Business Research Vol. 25, No. 1 (August 1992).
“Standardization in International Marketing: The Latin American Case,” (with Walter Zinn) Journal of Global Marketing (2/1990). pp. 53-77.
“Barriers to Globalization: Is Global Distribution Possible?” (with Walter Zinn), International Journal of Logistics Management (Winter 1990). pp. 13-18.
“The Economic Impact of Foreign Direct Investment: A Case Study of Venezuela,” Management International Review (4/1988). pp. 63-78.
“Developing New Business Managers through Small Business Formation” (with Maria Matilde Schwalb and Eulogio Romero) Journal of Management Development (Fall 1988). pp. 31-40.
“Resolving Latin America’s Debt Crisis” The World Economy (September 1988). pp. 417-436.
“Financial Transfers in the MNE: The Latin American Case,” Management International Review (1/1986). pp. 33-44.
“An Imperfect Competition Theory of the Multinational Enterprise,” Journal of International Business Studies (Spring 1985). pp. 57-80.
“Non-economic Risk Evaluation in Multinational Banks” (with John Stack), Management International Review (1/1984). pp. 41-59.
“The Andean Foreign Investment Code’s Effect on Foreign Direct Investment,” Journal of International Business Studies (Winter 1983). pp. 121-133.
“Codes of Conduct on Multinational Enterprises: A Solution?” Journal of World Trade Law (September 1982). pp. 414-433.
“The Theory of Foreign Direct Investment” University of South Carolina Essays in International Business #3 (December 1981). pp. 1-51.
“Regional Offices in Multinational Enterprise: The Latin American Case,” Management International Review (2/1981). pp. 48-56.
“Foreign Investment Regulations in the Andean Pact: The First Ten Years,” Inter-American Economic Affairs (Spring 1980). pp. 77-92.
“Sustainable Finance for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in an Emerging Market -- 2 Bridges for Economic Growth in Honduras”, forthcoming 2017.
“Standard Bank – An African Tiger” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2013.
“Managing your Stakeholders in Developing Economies - The Platmin Story” (with Albert Wocke) Ivey Business School and ECCH. 2011.
“Arab African International Bank: The Introduction of Smart Cards to the Egyptian Market” (with Eskandar Tooma) Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2005.
“Dealing with Governments in Emerging Markets: The Heavy Crude Oil Pipeline in Ecuador,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2004.
“The Trials of Merrill Lynch,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2003.
“Global Strategy at LanChile,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2002.
“Long-term Financing at YPF,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2002.
“Citibank – The Confia Acquisition in Mexico (B),” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2000.
“Citibank – The Confia Acquisition in Mexico (A),” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 2000.
“Enersis: Global Strategy in the Electric Power Sector,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 1999.
“Corporate Strategy in the Life Sciences: Monsanto Corporation,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 1998.
“Banco Ganadero,” Glendale, AZ: Thunderbird Case Series, 1998.
“The Global Financial Crisis: A Behavioral View”, Social Science Research Network Paper #1537744 (January 2010) (one of Top Ten downloaded papers in SSRN Financial Management, 2010) (one of Top Ten downloaded papers in SSRN Psychology, 2015).
“The Need for Good Old Principles in Financial Management Education”, (with Eero Kasanen), in Alfons Sauquet and Mette Morsing. Business Schools and their Contribution to Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2011.
“Chile as an Example of the Augmented Diamond”, in Danny van den Bulke, Alain Verbeke and Wenlong Yuan (eds.) Handbook on Small Nations in the Global Economy. Cheltenham, England: Edward Elgar, 2009.
“International Business Strategies in Brazil,” in Subhash Jain (ed.), International Business in the BRIC Countries. London: Edward Elgar, (2006).
“Poverty and MNEs in Emerging Markets,” in Subhash Jain (ed.), Multinational Corporations and Global Poverty Reduction. London: Edward Elgar, (2006). pp. 286-298.
“The Theory of the Multinational Firm,” in Michael Hitt and Joseph Cheng (eds.), Theories of Multinational Enterprise. Boston: Elsevier. (2004). pp. 83-97.
“International Banking,” in James Steward (ed.), Handbook of Modern Finance. Boston: Warren, Gorham, and Lamont, 2003. pp. F4.1-72.
“The Eclectic Theory in Latin America,” in Peter Gray (ed.) Dunning’s Eclectic Theory of International Production. London: Edward Elgar, (2003).
“Investment Promotion Policies in Latin America,” Chapter 4 in Evelyne Huber (ed.), Models of Capitalism and Latin American Development in the 21st Century. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002. pp. 103-126.
“Intra- and Extra-regional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America,” in Andres Franco (ed.), Financing for Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. New York: United Nations University Press, 2001. pp. 119-143.
“International Business in Latin America” in Alan Rugman and Thomas Brewer (eds.) Oxford Handbook of International Business. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. pp. 652-680.
“The Secondary Market for Latin American Debt,” Chapter 6 in Laurent Jacque and Paul Vaaler (eds.), Financial Innovations and the Welfare of Nations. Boston: Kluwer (2001). pp. 109-126.
“Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Global Service Firms,” in Yair Aharoni and Lilach Nachum (eds.), Globalization of Services. London: Routledge, (2000). pp. 217-232.
“Valuation of Knowledge in Service Sector Multinationals,” in Farok Contractor (ed.), Valuation of Knowledge in Global Corporations. New York: Quorum Books, 2001.
“Beyond Privatization: Government-Business Relations in the Electric Power, Telecom-munications, and Banking Sectors in Latin America,” North/South Agenda (March 2000).
“The Privatization of Aerolineas Argentinas,” in Ravi Ramamurti (ed.), Privatizing Infrastructure in Latin America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. pp. 203-220.
“International Banking,” (with Kumar Venkataramany) in Dennis Logue (ed.), Handbook of Modern Finance. Boston: Warren, Gorham, and Lamont, 1993. pp. F4.1 -F4.62.
“Business Community Links: The International Business & Banking Institute,” in Tamer Cavusgil (ed.), Internationalizing Business Education. East Lansing, Mich.: Michigan State University Press, 1993. pp. 99-108.
“The End of the Latin American Debt Crisis,” North/South Issues (November 1992)
“History of International Business from an Institutional Perspective,” in Brian Toyne and Douglas Nigh (eds.), The Institutional Status of International Business Education. New York: Quorum Press, forthcoming 1992.
“Corporate Response (to Foreign Exchange Controls),” Latin Finance (September 1991). pp. 23-24.
“Restrictions on Remittances in Latin America,” in Thomas Brewer (ed.), Financial Strategies for Multinationals in Developing Countries. London: Euro Publications, 1991.
“International Banking,” in Dennis Logue(ed.), Handbook of Modern Finance. Boston: Warren, Gorham, and Lamont, 1989. pp. 44.1-44.62.
“Doing Business in the Andean Countries,” in V.H. Kirpalani (ed.), Handbook for Doing International Business. Haworth Press, 1990.
“The Debt/Equity Swap: American Express Bank in Mexico,” in North-South Center, Miami Report II. Coral Gables, Florida: University of Miami, 1988. pp. 66-84.
Caribbean Basin Business Advisor (editor and contributor), published during1986-88.
“Offshore Assembly in Costa Rica,” and “FEC’s Funding Options,” in Brewer, Thomas, et al., Investing in Developing Countries. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1986. pp. 15-18, 73-74.
“The Transfer Problem and Latin American Debt,” University of Miami Graduate School of International Studies Occasional Papers (January 1985; reissued February 1989). pp. 1-23.
“A Survey of Political Risk Evaluation Methods used by U.S.- based Multinational Banks,” in Brewer, Thomas, Political Risks in International Business. New York: Praeger, 1985. pp. 237-255.
“Competitive Advantages and Multinational Enterprises”, University of Miami International Business & Banking Institute Discussion Paper #85-1 (January 1985).
“Solutions to the Latin American Debt Crisis,” in Didsbury, Howard (ed.), Creating a Global Agenda: Assessments, Solutions, and Action Plans. Bethesda, Maryland: World Future Society, 1984. pp. 93-107.
Book review of The Management of Headquarters-Subsidiary Relationships in Multinational Corporations, edited by Lars Otterbeck, in the Third World Quarterly (January 1984).
Book review of A Theory of Multinational Enterprise by Jean-Francois Hennart, in the Southern Economic Journal (Summer 1983).
“Regional Offices in Multinational Firms” in Alan Rugman (ed.) New Theories of the Multinational Enterprise. London: Croom Helm (1982). pp. 107-132.
“Fraying at the Edges,” Euromoney (December 1981).
Articles Submitted For Publication
“The influence of language on relationships between subsidiaries and headquarters in multinational enterprises” (with Albert Wocke and Anthony Stacey) (January 2017)
“Governance and Financial Performance in Family Business Groups: The Case of Mexico” (with Diana Bustani) (December 2016)
“The Global Financial Crisis – Market Misconduct and Regulation from a Behavioral View” (December 2016)
“Why did some countries and industries fare better during the crisis?” (with Ali Mirzaei) (January 2017)
“Competitiveness of South African Firms – New Theory or New Application?” (with Albert Wocke) (November 2016)
“The 4-day Work Week” (January 2017)
Research Projects in Progress
“Strategic Management in Global Value Chains – A Latin American Perspective”
“Foreign Financing of Economic Development” (with Alejandro Fonseca)
“Government-Business Relations and Financial Crises” (January 2016) (under revision)
Fellow, Business Association of Latin American Studies (elected 2011)
Best Teacher Award, Global MBA Program, Thunderbird and Monterrey Tec (2009-10)
Fellow, Academy of International Business (elected 2001)
Fulbright scholar, Uruguay (summer 1983 and 1985)
Fulbright scholar, Peru (summer 1981)
Dissertation award, Academy of International Business (1977)
Dissertation fellow, Fund for Multinational Management Education (1975-76)
Graduate fellow, University of North Carolina (1973-74)
National Merit Scholar, Princeton University (1969-73)
Journal of World Business, member, editorial board
Thunderbird International Business Review, member, editorial board
Estudios Gerenciales, miembro del Comit� Editorial
Journal of International Management, member, editorial board
Journal of International Business Studies, member, editorial board 1983-2000
UNIVERSITY COMMITTEE AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
Director, Latin America, Thunderbird School of Global Management (2016-date)
Director, Center for Global Business, Innovation and Transformation, George Mason University (2011-2013)
Member of 3 “Cátedras de Investigación” on: Financial Markets, Economic Development, and Services Management, Monterrey Tec (2009-2011)
Director of Research, Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management (1996-2005)
Director, Thunderbird Center for International Business Education and Research (1995-2006)
Coordinator, Economics & Allied Disciplines Faculty, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management (1996-2006)
MBA Enterprise Corps committee member and Thunderbird campus coordinator (1995-2006)
Chairman, World Business Department (1994-96), Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management
Director, University of Miami International Business Center, (1993-4)
Director, University of Miami Center for International Business Education and Research (1990-2).
Director, University of Miami International Business & Banking Institute, (1986-91)
Coordinator, International Business Management program, Management Department, School of Business Administration (1987-90)
Co-founder and co-director of annual Latin American International Banking Course (INTERBAN), a 50-hour, one-week course in international banking for Latin American bank executives (1979-2000).
Co-founder and co-director of annual Country Managers Program -- a 50-hour, one-week advanced management course in international business for multinational firms’ executives (1987-95).
Arizona World Affairs Council member
Member, State of Florida Governor’s Commission on International Banking and Trade (1989-90)
World Trade Center of Miami Committee member
City of Miami Economic Development Committee member
Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce member
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce committee member
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 Tec’s 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 Bank’s executive education program, the Global Leadership Centre, which is designed to offer leadership development training to the Group’s 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
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 Asociación de Bancos de la República 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 Pact’s 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
Head, Leadership Development & Learning, Standard Bank Group (2006-2009)