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Allan W. Bird

Darla and Frederick Brodsky Trustee Professor in Global Business; Visiting Professor, Rikkyo University

Allan W. Bird
313A Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000



PhD in Organizational Studies, University of Oregon
M.A. in International Management, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
B.A. in Special Studies, California State University, Fresno

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Bird has spent nine years researching the challenges facing today’s global leaders. He is currently researching the expert cognition in global leaders and the impact of intercultural capacity on global leader effectiveness. He teaches courses on Cultural Aspects of International Business and Living and Working Abroad.

Awards and Honors

2008: Best Symposium Award, Management Education & Development, Academy of Management, 'How Should We Assess and Develop Intercultural Competencies in Current and Future Global Leaders'

2007: Best Symposium Award, Management Education & Development, Academy of Management, 'Facing the Brutal Facts of Global Leadership Development'

2006: Douglas Durand Excellence in Research Award, College of Business Administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Selected Publications

Mitsuhashi, H., Bird, A. (2011). Trust your friends when you fail: The ex-failed experience and resource procurement capabilities for subsequent ventures in Japan. In Usui, C. (Ed.) Comparative entrepreneurship initiatives: Studies in China, Japan and the USA (pp. 222-244). Palgrave Macmillan.

Bird, A., Mendenhall, M. E., Stevens, M. J., Oddou, G. (2010). Defining the domain of intercultural competence for global leaders. Journal of Managerial Physhcology, 25(8), 810-828.

Bird, A. (2010). Review of W. Carl Kester’s Japanese takeovers: The global contest for corporate control. (vol. 3, pp. 528-530). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press in Journal of International Business Studies. 

Herman, J., Stevens, M., Bird, A., Mendenhall, M., Oddou, G. The Tolerance for Ambiguity scale: Toward a more refined measure for international management research.. To appear in International Journal for Intercultural Research.

Mendenhall, M. E., Oddoui, G. R., Stevens, M. J., Bird, A., Osland, J., Furuya, N. (2009). Developing global competencies in Japanese managers: Research, process and recommendations. Journal of Strategic Management Studies, 1(2), 57-68.

Selected Presentations

Bird, A. (Presenter Only), Rollins College Guest Speaker Series, "Re-Imagining Undergraduate International Business Education,” Rollins College, Orlando, FL. (December 3, 2010).

Bird, A. (Presenter Only), International Leadership Association, "Assessing Intercultural Competency in a Global Context: Using the Global Competencies Inventory,” International Leadership Association, Boston, MA. (October 2010).

Bird, A. (Presenter Only), Academy of Management, "Drawing lines and building fences,” Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada. (August 2010).

Bird, A. (Presenter Only), Academy of Management, "What is global leadership?,” Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada. (August 2010).

Bird, A. (Presenter Only), Northeastern Lead Dog Event, "Globalization, Complexity & Leadership,” Brown Brothers Harriman, Boston, MA. (May 18, 2010).

Industry and Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Allan Bird was the Eiichi Shibusawa-Seigo Arai Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of the International Business Institute in the College of Business Administration, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was also director of the College’s International MBA program. He previously held positions at California Polytechnic State University (where he headed the Global Strategy and Law Area) and New York University and has been a visiting professor/researcher at Columbia University, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Rikkyo University (Japan) Osaka International University (Japan) and Japan’s National Self Defense Academy. Since 2001, Allan also serves as President of The Kozai Group, Inc., an international consulting firm focused on assessing and developing global leadership potential. He serves on the boards of several organizations in Europe, North America and Japan. Some of the companies he has worked with include AT&T, Coca Cola, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, GE, Molex, Monsanto, Nippon Express, Sharp and Watchmark.

Professional Services

His professional service includes tenures as President of the Association of Japanese Business Studies, as well as lengthy service on the Association’s Executive Committee. In the Academy of Management, he was a former chair of the Careers Division and has served on the Executive Committee of the International Management Division. He was a key architect and founding member of the International Organization Network (ION), a network of academics and managers from around the world committed to increasing the quality and impact of research on people and their effectiveness in international organizations. He was also a key architect, founding member and head of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education, a collaborative effort by more than 25 universities.

Mailing Address

Allan W. Bird
313A Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000