Gary KnightAffiliation: Willamette University

Bio: Gary Knight is the Helen Simpson Jackson Chair and Professor of Global Management at Willamette University in Salem and Portland, Oregon, USA.  Prior to joining academia, he was export manager of a medium-sized company, directing the firm’s international operations in Asia, Europe, and North America. Previously he was Professor and Director of the International Business Program at Florida State University. He created and has been lead instructor of numerous study abroad programs in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He has won several teaching awards, and has been an invited speaker at institutions worldwide.

Gary has co-authored seven books, including two textbooks on international business and a book on international marketing research. He has authored or co-authored some 60 refereed articles in International Business Review, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), Journal of World Business, and numerous other scholarly journals. He won the Thorelli 5-Year Award at the Journal of International Marketing for his article on SMEs under globalization. Along with S. Tamer Cavusgil, he won the Decade Award at JIBS for their article on born global firms. Gary also won a JIBS Silver Medal for intellectual contributions to the journal.

Gary’s research emphasizes international entrepreneurship, internationalization, international marketing, and technology’s role in international business. In terms of impact, he is consistently ranked among the top-cited scholars in international management, international marketing, and international entrepreneurship. The U.S. House of Representatives invited him to provide expert testimony on international business.

A Fellow of the Academy of International Business (AIB), Gary has provided significant service to the AIB, including Vice President – Program; Chair of the AIB US-West chapter; inaugural chair of the ‘SMEs, Entrepreneurship, and Born Global’ track of the AIB annual conference; and chair of various AIB awards.

Prior to academia, Gary was an executive in international business for several years, focusing on Europe, Japan, and Mexico. Gary earned his Bachelors at Washington State University, his MBA at the University of Washington, and PhD at Michigan State University, in marketing and international business. He also attended the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in France and Sophia University in Japan. He lives in Salem, Oregon, USA.

Last Updated: May 2023