biography
My research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of strategy, international business, and technology management, which reflects my educational and professional background. I earned my Ph.D. in international business and a Masters of Applied Economics at the University of Michigan, where Will Mitchell and Joanne Oxley co-chaired my committee. I also hold an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois and a BA in Japanese studies and mathematics from Earlham College.

From 1994 to 1996, I directed research on Japanese business practices and government policy at the Washington, DC, offices of the law firm Dewey Ballantine. In this capacity, I established and managed a team of researchers supporting clients including Eastman Kodak, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and firms in the steel, chemical, and electronics industries. Prior to that, I served as an international policy analyst for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Scientific and Technical Information program. As Japanese information specialist for SCAN C2C, Inc., I performed research on Japanese technology and commerce for clients including General Electric, IBM, Ford Motor Company, and the US government. Other consulting and executive education clients have included General Motors, Air Products & Chemicals and Hewlett-Packard.

From 2001-2010, I was a member of both the strategy and international business groups in the College of Business at the University of Illinois. I had an additional appointment in Law, which partially reflected my experience with the international trade law group of the firm, Dewey Ballentine, before returning to academia. It also reflected my interest in how legal institutions affect the formation and governance of alliances. At the Institute for Genomic Biology, I was part of the BioBEL (Business, Economic and Legal Aspects of Biotechnology) research group.

In 2008, I became Director of the Illinois Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), after leading the campus-wide Science and Technology in the Pacific Century initiative. I was also an affiliate faculty of the Illinois Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies and served on the university’s International Advisory Council.

In the summer of 2011, I joined the Management Department at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, with an additional appointment in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. I am also a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Science, Law and Innovation.

I am an Associate Editor for the Strategic Management Journal and serve on the Editorial Review Boards for the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Strategic Organization.