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John M. Thomas

Professor, Operations Management and Strategy
Director, HSBC Center for Global Business Leadership
Dean Emeritus, School of Management University at Buffalo

John M. Thomas is Professor of Operations Management and Strategy in the School of Management, The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), where he also directs the School of Management HSBC Center for Global Business Leadership, a program focused on providing opportunities in international business for management students. Currently, he also serves as chair of the university-wide Advisory Council for Asian Studies.

As dean of the UB School of Management from 2002-08, Thomas championed new curricular initiatives in technology entrepreneurship and global services and supply management. In addition, he established a new MS program in the management of information technology in India in collaboration with Amrita University and Hewlett Packard. During his tenure as dean, the Wall Street Journal consistently ranked the School of Management MBA program as one of the best in the world.

Thomas previously served the UB School of Management as Associate Dean for International Programs from 1988-97. In that role, he developed UB’s Executive MBA program in Singapore in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management and established UB China Executive MBA programs with Renmin University and Motorola University in Beijing. From 1984-90, he was a member of the faculty of the UB School of Management MBA program with the Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China, the first U.S. MBA program established in China. He served as Dean of the Dalian program in 1989. As project director for U.S. government grants under the Management and Economics Education program for Central Europe in the 1990s, Thomas was instrumental in creating major programs in management education for Hungary in collaboration with the Technical University of Budapest. For these contributions, he was named an honorary member of the faculty of the Technical University of Budapest. Through these projects and his initiatives in Asia, he has been credited with making the University at Buffalo a leader in international management education.

Thomas joined the UB faculty in 1968 as an assistant professor of policy sciences, and served as director of UB’s Center for Policy Studies and of the university’s J.D./Ph.D. program in policy studies from 1979-86. Prior to joining UB, he was assistant professor of management at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and visiting assistant professor of management at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, India. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Institute for Comparative and International Law at Magdalen College of Oxford University, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at Wolfson College of Oxford University.

Thomas is the co-editor of three books and has authored book chapters and articles in academic journals and law reviews. A former editor of the journal Law and Policy, he was also co-editor of the “Series on Law and Public Policy” (University of Pennsylvania Press). He has received research and education grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Eurasia Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara and a member of the International Academic Panel of the Singapore Institute of Management.