Allen J. Morrison, biography

December 19, 2014

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow has named Allen J. Morrison to become chief executive officer and director general of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

Morrison previously served as a senior advisor for global management education and executive education initiatives at ASU. Before joining ASU in 2014, Morrison was professor of global management and the holder of the Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Chair for Responsible Leadership in the Maritime Industry at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD). Morrison is also director of the IMD Global CEO Center, which focuses on the challenges CEOs face while leading their companies in the global economy. portrait of Allen J. Morrison Download Full Image

Professor Morrison has authored or co-authored over 60 articles and case studies, and eight books including "Sunset in the Land of the Rising Sun," "Global Explorers: The Next Generation of Leaders, Competition in Global Industries," and "International Management," currently in its 5th edition (Irwin McGraw-Hill). His research has been published in a range of journals including Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Management, and the Journal of International Business Studies. Morrison has also served as editor of the Journal of International Management and on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of International Business Studies. His research has won awards from the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and the Strategic Management Society.

Morrison conducts executive seminars and consults with a wide range of companies around the world, including Shell, Toshiba, The World Bank/IFC, NYSE Euronext, IBM, E&Y, Rio Tinto, Skanska, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Novartis, HSBC, Accenture Consulting, ExxonMobil, KPMG, The Limited Brands, ING Bank, Nissan, IFF, Hutchison Port Holdings, Dow Chemical, General Motors, DSM, Mubadala, Brunswick, Manulife, AT&T, TRW, Maple Leaf Foods, Mattel, ARCO/BP, Bata Shoe, Amcor, Dofasco, the Kellogg Company and PCCW.

Prior to joining IMD, Morrison taught on the faculty at INSEAD where he directed numerous custom and public executive programs. He was also J. Armand Bombardier Chair of Global Management and associate dean-executive development at the Ivey School of Business in Canada. Morrison has been a visiting professor at the Anderson School at UCLA and a professor at The American Graduate School of International Management-Thunderbird. He has taught on executive programs at Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan and at leading business schools in Australia and China.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


ASU and the world

December 19, 2014

The agreement to bring the Thunderbird School of Global Management into the ASU knowledge enterprise is the latest expression of the university’s increasing emphasis on global engagement.

ASU sends more than 1,800 students to study abroad each year, and it is ranked eighth in the nation for international students, with more than 8,600 students from more than 150 countries enrolled. But ASU’s approach to global engagement goes beyond enrollment. Download Full Image

The most pressing problems facing us today are tied to issues that require transnational solutions. As a public research university, ASU is committed to the search for those solutions, and it has executed a number of strategic partnerships around the globe to further its research mission.

Examples of such partnerships include:

ASU Biodesign Center in China

Arizona State University and China’s Shandong University are establishing a joint Biodesign Center, in Qingdao, to focus on cancer and vaccine research, water and air purification systems and advanced explorations of nanotechnology.  The joint venture, announced in October 2014 and modeled after ASU’s Biodesign Institute, in Tempe, will develop solutions by studying the natural world’s engineering.

ASU in Mexico

ASU is strengthening its partnerships in Mexico in four arenas: 1) Research and capacity building, including planned collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in Mexico City, Latin America’s largest university, 2) Economic development, 3) Education programs, and 4) Institutional ties, such as ASU’s growing partnership with Tec de Monterrey, an internationally renowned university.

ASU, Dublin City University – Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership

ASU and Dublin City University are launching the world’s first International School of Biomedical Diagnostics in 2014 in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group.

The two universities, together through Biodesign Europe, also will leverage the capacity and expertise of 16 health-focused research centers – 11 from ASU’s Biodesign Institute and five from DCU. A combined team of more than 400 researchers will tackle some of the most important challenges in 21st-century health care.

ASU and DCU will develop joint student entrepreneurship programs, providing students a global perspective by working with international partners and focusing on global grand challenges, especially in the developing world.

ASU in Vietnam

Since 2010, ASU and Intel Corp., working with the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training, run a program designed to modernize the teaching and learning in Vietnam’s colleges and universities, and support that nation’s economic development. With with funding from the United States Agency of International Development, the program relies on faculty from the Fulton Schools of Engineering to provide a model for advancing engineering education that prepares engineers to support Vietnam’s growing high-tech industry.

Based on the success of that endeavor, ASU signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2014 with the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, in Vietnam, to improve teaching methods there. The two institutions plan a joint educational conference in Hanoi, a short training course on cyber security at ASU, the establishment of a joint master’s of science program and the development of a new learning management system. The agreement came one year after ASU forged a partnership in the Vinh Phuc province to support sustainable growth in the province.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications