April 4, 2011

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan has also increased concerns about supply-chain disruptions for products such as car parts and electronic equipment. But restarting manufacturing or switching production to other plants will be difficult. “Obviously, the folks in Japan, in all aspects of their society, they have to prioritize what’s important,” said marketing and supply chain management instructor Robert Bugge. “And to make some unique car parts may not rank very high on their list as part of their recovery.” Increasing shipping times and fuel costs are also a concern. Masaaki “Mike” Kotabe, the Washburn Professor of International Business and Marketing, said U.S. maritime law needs to be revamped to defray the cost of fuel and help balance trade. “There are many inefficient, antiquated regulations in the U.S., one of which is the so-called U.S. maritime regulation, regulating domestic and international shipping.”

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Media Contact: Brandon Lausch, 215-204-4115,

A Fox School of Business professor is the world’s 10th most productive international business scholar and Temple University is among the top 20 most productive academic institutions in the field, according to a recent study that gauged publications in top-tier journals during a 13-year span.

Dr. Masaaki “Mike” Kotabe, Washburn Chair Professor of International Business and Marketing at the Fox School and the Editor of the Journal of International Management, is ranked No. 10 on the list of the world’s 50 most productive international business scholars.

At No. 19 among the 40 most productive academic institutions, Temple ranks two spots ahead of Harvard.

“Dr. Kotabe has undoubtedly helped raise the profile and ranking of the Fox School of Business in the field of international business through his prolific research,” Dean M. Moshe Porat said. “Furthermore, his research is very relevant given the importance of outsourcing in international business and its role in emerging economies. He has attracted other scholars to the department and also mentored many doctoral students who have in turn gone on to become productive researchers.”

The rankings are based on approximately 17,000 articles that appeared in 29 elite academic journals, including Fox’s Journal of International Management, from 1996 through 2008. The comprehensive study, published in International Business Review, cataloged nearly 4,000 authors and more than 1,200 schools and universities worldwide.

“The Fox School is known nationally and internationally for its international business programs, and this is largely due to the superior scholarship of faculty like Mike Kotabe and his superb scholarly colleagues at Fox,” said Dr. Arvind Phatak, Executive Director of Fox’s Institute of Global Management Studies (IGMS) and the Temple Center for International Business Education and Research, which is housed at Fox.

“It is with great pride that I welcome Mike Kotabe’s high ranking as a researcher in the international business discipline,” Phatak added. “I particularly am happy because Mike is consistently humble about his achievements.”

Kotabe is no stranger to this kind of recognition. He has been consistently ranked one of the most prolific international business researchers in the world in the last 15 years in the Journal of International Business StudiesJournal of International Marketing and Journal of Teaching in International Business.

He has published more than a dozen books and more than 100 research articles, serves or has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals and is the research director for IGMS and Temple CIBER at Fox. Kotabe was also elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business for his significant contribution to business research and education.

Kotabe said that while he was a doctoral student, he had pursued research topics that might be on the verge of emergence or growth, rather than focusing on more established topics to make an incremental contribution as some of his professors had suggested.

In the mid-1980s, he stumbled across global sourcing and procurement issues – for which there was virtually no academic work at the time – and has since helped to build theoretical and conceptual foundations for those now-dominant topics. He continues to research global sourcing, product development and exporting as he also explores emerging economies.

“I was lucky enough to find a topic that has grown in importance over the years,” Kotabe said. “As a result, I have been able to stay excited about, as well as stay ahead on, my research topics. I always try to disseminate my research findings not only through research articles but also through books and executive education.”

The No. 1 international business researcher on the list is Dr. Yadong Luo, a professor of management and Emery M. Findley Jr. Distinguished Chair at the University of Miami.

But Luo also has a close connection to Temple. He earned his Ph.D. from the Fox School in 1995 and returned to Fox in April to chair a panel discussion at the 11th Annual International Business Research Forum, hosted by IGMS and Temple CIBER.

-Brandon Lausch