Gerhard Apfelthaler is Dean and a full professor in International Business and International Management at the School of Management at California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, California (United States), a shareholder and executive advisor at CURE Pharmaceutical, and a senior partner at AT Consult, a consulting company with offices and affiliations in Europe, the US, and Asia.
Before joining CLU he has been the Chair of the Department of International Management at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz (Austria). Previously, he served as Commercial Attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Singapore as Austria’s Deputy Trade Commissioner to the United States, as Dean of International Business Studies at FHS Kufstein Tirol, and as coordinator of the international postgraduate program of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), among others.

He has studied at the University of Vienna (Vienna/Austria), the Taiwan National Normal University (Taipeh/Taiwan), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Vienna/Austria), from which he holds a doctorate in Economic and Social Sciences.

He has published several books, among others “Management Internationaler Geschäftstätigkeit” (Managing International Business), Patentschutz in wichtigen Exportmärkten (Patent Protection in Important Export Markets), „Interkulturelles Management“ (Cross-cultural Management), „Internationale Markteintrittsstrategien“ (International Market Entry Strategies), or “US-Recht für Niederlassungsgründer” (US Business Law for Foreign Entrants). His latest book is titled “The Deadly Sins of International Business,” which will be published by Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).

Dr. Apfelthaler has published articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Small Business Management, the International Journal of Business and Economics, the Journal für Betriebswirtschaft, and the Journal of International Learning, among others.

He is a co-founder and the Associate Editor for the European Journal of International Management. Dr. Apfelthaler has lectured at universities in a number of countries including Australia, Austria, Colombia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States.

He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the Strategic Management Society and the German “Verband für Hochschullehrer Betriebswirtschaft”.

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