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Stephen J Kobrin

William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management

Publisher and Executive Director, Wharton Digital Press™

Research Interests: global strategy, globalization, impact of the information revolution, international political economy

Contact Information

Address: 3201 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-7732



PhD, University of Michigan, 1975; MBA, University of Pennsylvania, 1961; BMgtE, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1960

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

Fellow, Academy of International Business

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1987-present (Editor, Wharton School Publishing, 2008-present; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, 2006-2007; named William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, 1992; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, 1994-2000; Director, William H. Wurster Center for International Management Studies, 1992-94; Chairperson, Management Department, 1989-92; Anheuser-Busch Term Professor of Management, 1987-92). Previous appointments: New York University; The Conference Board; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other Positions

Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble, 1965-71

Professional Leadership

Fellow, World Economic Forum, 1995-present; President, Academy of International Business, 2001-2002


  • Stephen J Kobrin (2009), Private Political Authority and Public Responsibility: Transnational Politics, Transnational Firms and Human Rights, Business Ethics Quarterly    Abstract
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2008), It Ain't Over Until the Fat Lady Sings: Three Narratives Relating to the Rise and Possible Fall of the Second Wave of Globalization,  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2008), Globalization, Transnational Corporations and the Future of Global Governance, Handbook of Research on Global Corporate Citizenship  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2005), The Determinants of Liberalization of FDI policy in Developing Countries: A Cross-Sectional Analysis, 1992-2001, Transnational Corporations, 14: 1.    Abstract
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2005), Multinational Enterprise and Public Responsibility: The Case of Talisman Energy and Human Rights in Sudan, International Business Government Relations in the 21st Century, In Robert Grosse, ed. Cambridge University Press.  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2004), Oil and Politics: Talisman Energy in Sudan, NYU Journal of Law and Politics, 36: 2-3.  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2004), Safe Harbours are Hard to Find: The Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Dispute, Territorial Jurisdiction and Global Governance, Review of International Studies, 30.    Abstract
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2002), Economic Governance in an Electronically Networked Global Economy, The Emergence of Private Authority: Forms of Private Authority and Their Implications for Global Governance  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2001), With Technology Growing, Our Privacy is Shrinking, Philadelphia Inquirer  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2001), Sovereignty@Bay: Globalization, Multinational Enterprise, and the International Political System, Oxford Handbook of International Business, Chapter 7.  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (2001), Our Resistance is as Global as Your Oppression,  
  • Stephen J Kobrin (1998), Back to the Future: Neomedievalism and the Postmodern Digital World Economy, Journal of International Affairs, 361-386.    Abstract

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  • MGMT208 - Globalization and International Political Economy

    Globalization and International Political Economy is an upper level undergraduate course designed to provide the background necessary to understand globalization and the changes taking place in the international political-economy. The course objective is to help students develop a conceptual framework that will provide an understanding of the current international political-economic environment, provide a basis for thinking about the fundamental changes which are now taking place, and to build a solid foundation to which new material can be added throughout the students' careers.

    Format: Class discussions will be interactive and structured to encourage maximum student participation.

    Requirements: Take home mid-term exam, a final course paper of 10-15 pages and two shorter (1-2 page papers) dealing with the readings for the day. Students will not be allowed to enroll after the third class session.