Program Faculty

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Georgia State University

Tamer serves as Executive Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair at Georgia State University.

Tamer also serves as a visiting professor at Leeds University Business School and the University of South Australia Business School. Previously, he was the inaugural holder of John W. Byington Endowed Chair in Global Marketing at Michigan State University. He also held the Gianni and Joan Montezemolo Visiting Chair at the University of Cambridge, the U.K., where he is also an Honorary Fellow of the Sidney Sussex College.

Tamer is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Hasselt (Belgium) and the University of Southern Denmark. Atilim University in Ankara, Turkey has also bestowed him with an Honorary Professorship in 2018.

Tamer specializes in the internationalization of the firm, global strategy, emerging markets, and buyer-seller relationships in cross-border business. Most recently, he has been researching the evolution of middle-class in rapidly transforming economies.
Tamer has authored more than two dozen books and some 200 refereed journal articles. His work is among the most cited contributions in international business. Various reviews have listed him as one of the most influential and prolific authors in international management. Google citations indicate over 36,000 citations as of 2018.

Tamer is the senior author of the leading textbook, International Business: The New Realities, with G. Knight and J. Riesenberger ( 5th Ed., 2020, Pearson).

Tamer founded the Journal of International Marketing in 1993 and served as its Editor-in-Chief for the first seven years. The American Marketing Association adopted the journal which is now in its 26th volume. Its impact factor was 3.6 in 2017.

Similarly, Tamer introduced the annual book series, Advances in International Marketing in 1986 and served as Editor-in-Chief for the first 20 volumes. Most recently, Tamer has helped launch a new business journal, Rutgers Business Review, to feature managerially relevant research for business executives. Tamer served as Associate Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, and is on the editorial review boards of some dozen professional journals.

Throughout 25+ years of leading CIBER centers of excellence in international business at Michigan State and Georgia State, Tamer has created opportunities for advancing research and scholarship in international management (CIBERs – Centers for International Business Education and Research – are federally designated national resource centers in the United States). CIBER funding has made it possible to initiate landmark research projects, roundtables on internationalization of business education, and offer professional development opportunities for faculty and doctoral students. Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) workshops have been organized for the past two decades (held annually in Atlanta: ).

Tamer is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and served on its Board of Directors. He was program chair for the 2000 annual meeting held in Phoenix, AR. He also served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, International University, Geneva, Switzerland from 1997 to 2007, assisting a start-up business school gain accreditation and recognition.

While leading the CIBER at Michigan State University, Tamer spearheaded the development of now leading international business knowledge portal, globalEDGE, and a host of decision support tools for international managers. Most well-known among these is CORE – COmpany Readiness to Export. CORE is a tutorial and decision support tool for managers considering going international. It was then adopted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is being used nationally in its Export Assistance Centers.

In 2014, Tamer and his doctoral student, Prof. Gary Knight, were awarded the prestigious JIBS Decade Award, for their article, “Innovation, Organizational Capabilities and the Born-Global Firm.” Tamer is also the recipient of: The American Marketing Association’s Excellence in Global Marketing Research Award (2002 and 2012); Distinguished Faculty, and Ralph H. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs (Michigan State University).