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Stephen J Kobrin

William H. Wurster Professor Emeritus 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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