Guest speakers: Global Business in a Dynamic Environment Summer School
We have a range of exciting guest speakers scheduled to teach on our 'Global Business in a Dynamic Environment' Summer School this year combining experts in their teaching with professionals from outside corporations.
Dr Michael Czinkota
Dr Michael Czinkota teaches international business and trade at University of Kent and at Georgetown University. He is also the chaired professor emeritus for international marketing at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Fluent in Spanish and German, he has held professorial appointments in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas.
Dr. Czinkota served in the U.S. government during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. In the Bureau of Export Administration he was senior advisor for export controls. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce he was responsible for trade analysis and retaliatory actions. He also was head of the U.S. Delegation to the OECD Industry Committee in Paris.
Dr. Czinkota was a partner in a fur trading firm and in an advertising agency. His academic work has focused on export development strategies and the linkage between terrorism and international business. He has written widely in leading journals on the topic and teaches a graduate seminar on International Terrorism and Marketing. He was named as one of the top three contributors to the international business literature.
Dr. Czinkota has worked with the U.S. Department of State on terrorism preparedness and has testified before Congress on the topic. He is the author of Mastering Global Markets – which reflects the challenges of international management in a world of conflict and uncertainty. He also wrote three leading college texts, International Marketing 10th edition, International Business 8th edition and Fundamentals of International Business 3rd edition.
Dr. Czinkota serves on the Global Advisory Board of the American Marketing Association, the Global Council of the American Management Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is a member of the American Council on Germany. For his work in international business and trade policy, he has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universidad del Pacifico in Peru and the Universidad Pontificia Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Czinkota serves on several corporate boards and has worked with corporations such as AT&T, IBM, GE, Nestle, and US WEST. He has advised the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. General Accountability Office on trade policy issues. He also serves as advisor to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.
Professor Thomas Cooke
Professor Cooke specializes in the Legal Environment of Business and Federal Income Taxation. Professor Cooke's current research focuses on federal tax law changes, ethics and professional responsibility and tax practice and procedure.
Professor Ben Lowe
Ben Lowe is Professor of Marketing and Head of the Marketing research group at Kent Business School, University of Kent. Ben has been a marketing academic in the UK and Australia for over ten years and has a PhD in marketing from Griffith University.
Ben’s primary research interests relate to consumer behaviour and consumer acceptance of innovations. Specifically, Ben's research interests are in pricing innovations, consumer evaluations of introductory prices and promotions, diffusion and adoption of innovations, pioneer brand advantage, the Theory of Planned Behaviour, and the Technology Acceptance Model. He is also interested in food and consumers, social innovations and “Bottom of the Pyramid” markets. He has published several articles about marketing education in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Education and the Journal of Consumer Behaviour. In 2011 he won the Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching Award at the University of Kent for using Twitter to enhance learning outcomes in business modules (with Des Laffey and William Collier).
Ben has taught across the marketing curriculum in the UK, Europe and Australia, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is currently Director of Studies for the MSc in Marketing and teaches marketing and research methods modules on this programme. Ben’s area of specialism is Marketing Research, and he has co-authored a best-selling book in this area (Zikmund, William, Steve D’Alessandro, Hume Winzar, Ben Lowe and Barry Babin (2014), Marketing Research: 3rd Asia Pacific Edition, Melbourne: Cengage Learning. ISBN-978-0170236027). This book was shortlisted for an Australian Educational Publishing Award by the Australian Publishers Association.
Dr Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Business and Head of the Strategy & International Business Division at Kent Business School. Prior to joining University of Kent in 2017, he taught at the University of Sheffield, University of Hull, the University of Birmingham and Royal Holloway University of London. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Consultant for Capgemini Ernst & Young, USA. He gained his PhD in International Business at the University of Birmingham. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
His work has appeared in some of the leading international business and strategy journals including the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Business Review, Global Strategy Journal, International Marketing Review, Critical Perspectives on International Business, Industrial Marketing Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Relations,and R&D Management, among others.
Zaheer's current research focuses on international knowledge transfer, international alliances, automotive industry, emerging economies firms post-acquisition strategies, and capability development of emerging economies auto parts suppliers.
Zaheer has worked as a Consultant, Systems Analyst and Project Manager for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Multinational Corporation Strategy and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Asia Business Studies. Currently, he is acting as a Guest Editor for the Applied Psychology and International Studies of Management & Organization Journal.