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Dr Alan M. Rugman is a Thames Water Fellow in Strategic Management at Templeton College, University of Oxford, 1998-date. Previously he was Professor of International Business at the University of Toronto 1987-1998, Dalhousie University 1979-1987 and the University of Winnipeg 1970-1978. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia Business School, London Business School, Harvard University, U.C.L.A., M.I.T., Warwick Business School and the University of Paris-La Sorbonne.

Dr. Rugman has published over 200 articles dealing with the economic, managerial and strategic aspects of multinational enterprises and with trade and investment policy. These have appeared in such leading refereed journals as: The American Economic Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, California Management Review and The World Economy. His thirty books include: The End of Globalization (New York: Random House, 2000); Multinationals as Flagship Firms (co-author, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000); International Business (co-author, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1985, 1995, 2000); Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy (co-author, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999); Trade and the Environment (co-editor, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., 1998); The Theory of Multinational Enterprises Vol. I and Multinational Enterprises and Trade Policy Vol. II (Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., 1996); Foreign Investment and North American Free Trade (ed.) (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1994); Global Corporate Strategy and Trade Policy (co-author, London: Routledge, 1990); Administered Protection in America (New York: Routledge, 1987); and Inside the Multinationals (New York: Columbia University Press, 1981).

As a leading authority in international business, Dr Rugman served as Vice-President of the Academy of International Business in 1989-1990 and was elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1991. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, elected 1998. He has been identified as one of the five most cited scholars in International Business. He has lectured widely across North and South America, in Western Europe, Australia and in East Asia.

At Templeton College he teaches strategy on the AMP and on executive programmes for customized clients. For the Said Business School he teaches an MBA course in international business strategy. He has written for The Financial Times, Toronto's Globe and Mail and many magazines. His research on multinationals and free trade has been discussed in the New York Times, Business Week, Canadian Business and on the television and radio outlets of the BBC, CBC and numerous other media. He is a member of the TIME Canada Board of Economists.

Born in England in 1945, Dr Rugman became a Canadian citizen in 1973. He earned his B.A. in economics from Leeds University in 1966, M.Sc. in economic development from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1967 and his Ph.D. in economics from Simon Fraser University in 1974. He was elected to an M.A.(Oxon) in 1998.

Dr Rugman served as an outside advisor on international competitiveness to two Canadian Prime Ministers over the 1986-1993 period. He was the only academic member of Canada's business International Trade Advisory Committee from 1986-1988 while the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated. Subsequently he served on the sectoral trade advisory committee for forest products from 1989 to 1993, as NAFTA was negotiated. He has been a consultant to major private sector companies, research institutes and government agencies. These include Exxon/Imperial Oil, Kodak, Royal Bank of Canada, Northern Telecom and other multinational enterprises. He has also been a consultant to international organizations such as the United Nations (UNCTAD), NAFTA's Commission on Environmental Co-operation, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Commonwealth Secretariat. He is a co-investigator in "Strengthening Canada's Environmental Community through International Regime Reform" (the EnviReform project) at the University of Toronto.

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