George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Grosse, Robert

Academic Unit:Administration
Position:Director, Center for Global Business
Office Location:Enterprise Hall - Room 022
Office Hours:Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 to 1:30 & by appointment
  • BA - International Economics, Princeton University
  • PhD - International Economics, University of North Carolina

Professor Robert Grosse is Director of George Mason’s Center for Global Business. The center is a part of the School of Business, focusing on academic research in global business and development of programs and conferences in all three areas of global business, innovation, and organizational transformation.

Before joining George Mason University, Professor Grosse was the Director (Dean) of the EGADE Business School at Monterrey Tec in Mexico. He joined the Tec in early 2009, after teaching in a videoconference joint venture MBA between Thunderbird and the Tec since 1998. He oversaw the EGADE campuses in Monterrey and Mexico City.

Professor Grosse was the founding Director of Standard Bank Group’s (South Africa) executive education program, the Global Leadership Centre, which is designed to offer leadership development training to the Group’s 11,000 managers and executives. He joined the Group in March of 2006, and worked with the team overseeing the design of curriculum, recruiting of instructors, completion of physical facilities, and launch of the overall Centre programs in October 2006. He became the overall head of Leadership Development and Learning in July of 2007.

He holds a BA degree from Princeton University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina, both in international economics. He has taught international finance in the MBA programs at Thunderbird, the University of Miami, the University of Michigan, and at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), as well as in many universities in Latin America. As a consultant in international business he has worked for the US Commerce, State, and Treasury Departments, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations. Among the many companies he has served are: American Express, Anaconda, Banco Ganadero, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, EXXON, IBM, Merrill Lynch, Raymond James, Standard Bank, Texaco, YPF, and Xerox.

Professor Grosse is a leading author on international business in Latin America. He has written about global firms’ strategies in the region (Can Latin American Firms Compete?. Oxford, 2007), the financial crises of 2008-9 as well as in the 1980s and 1990s and strategies of banks and firms to deal with them (three books and a dozen articles) and the strategies of Latin American firms in international competition (cases on Enersis, Banco Ganadero, YPF, and LanChile, among others). He wrote a section on “International Business in Latin America” for the Oxford Handbook of International Business (Oxford, 2001). He is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business.

Professor Grosse has worked as Chair in Capital Markets at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), and as Visiting Professor of International Finance at ICESI (Cali, Colombia), Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia), Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru), and at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral (Santiago, Chile). He has taught executive programs in international finance and global business strategy in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, México, Panama, Perú, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad, Uruguay and Venezuela. He was President of the Business Association of Latin American Studies in 2005-6.