Associate Professor Emerita International Business and Organizational Studies
Schulich School of Business, York University
Research keywords: International negotiations; cross-cultural management; women entrepreneurs; conditions for SME business success internationally; Pacific Basin Region
Before retiring in 2019, she held the EDC Professorship of International Business at the Schulich School of Business, York University. She has held various management positions at York, including Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise (2013–19), Associate Vice President International (2009–12), and Director of Schulich’s IMBA Program (2000–05). Before coming to York, she taught at Queen’s University in the School of Business. She is an academic entrepreneur, being the founding director (1992–2000) of the Centre for Canada-Asia Business Relations at Queen’s University, the co-founder (1997) of the Asian Business Consortium, which included four universities, and the inaugural director of the Centre for Global Enterprise at York University (2013). She spent 15 years as an independent contractor working for various organizations in Thailand, Indonesia and Japan, and has done projects throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe. Dr Wright has a PhD from the University of Western Ontario; an MIM from Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University), Arizona; an MA (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Essex, UK; a PGCE (Education in Developing Countries) from the University of London, UK; and a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests are in the areas of international negotiations, cross-cultural management, women entrepreneurs, and conditions for SME business success internationally. Her geographic area of interest is the Pacific Basin region. A sample of her publications are Women-Owned SMEs and e-Business in Twelve APEC Economies; “Role of Global Business Alumni Networks in SME International Success”; “The E-Business Capability of Small and Medium Sized Firms in International Supply Chains”; “Canadian SMEs and China”; and a chapter (with co-authors) in Kim & Kwak (eds.) Outward & Upward Mobilities.