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Tomas Hult

Tomas Hult

Byington Endowed Chair and Professor
Department: Marketing

Department: MSU-CIBER (International Business Center)

Executive Director and Foundation President
Department: Academy of International Business

Office: Eppley Center, Room 7 (International Business Center), Ground floor

Telephone: 517-353-4336


International Business Center 25 years!
Fortune article: "
Why the Fed is no longer center of the financial universe"
Time article: "The US shouldn't fret over cheaper yuan"
LSJ article: "Exporting benefits Michigan's economy"
23,000 Citations - Google Scholar

Dr. Tomas Hult is the Byington Endowed Chair, Professor of Marketing and International Business, and Director of the International Business Center (IBC) in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (John W. Byington, a marketing research expert, was a former president of the NPD Group Worldwide Inc.). He has been at Michigan State University since January 2001. IBC is one of the 17 centers designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a country-level resource in international business and trade (i.e., CIBER). In 2015, IBC celebrated 25 years of continuously being funded by the U.S. Department of Education (IBC was founded in 1990). Dr. Hult's focus areas are international business, global supply chain management, global strategy, and marketing strategy. These areas nicely intersect on his radio program globalEDGE Business Beat on the Michigan Business Network (MBN), promoted worldwide to more than 200 countries on globalEDGE.

Previously, he held positions as Eli Broad Professor of International Business, Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, and Associate Dean in MSU's Eli Broad College of Business - among U.S. public graduate schools ranked No. 9 by Forbes; No. 11 by BusinessWeek; and No. 14 by U.S. News & World Report. Among worldwide schools, the Broad College is No. 52 as ranked by Financial Times. The Broad College is also ranked No. 11 among public undergraduate business schools in the USA by U.S. News & World Report. Among both private and public schools, in international business the Broad College is ranked No. 21 in graduate and No. 22 in undergraduate education by U.S. News & World Report (and No. 17 in undergraduate International Business and No. 21 in graduate International Business). The Broad College is also consistently among the top 10 research institutions in international business (e.g., International Business Review 2010; Journal of International Business Studies 2005; Management International Review 2014). As one of the largest business schools in the U.S., the Broad College has more than 7,400 students. The Broad College is accredited by AACSB and a member of the Global Business School Network. Michigan State University is one of 62 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Dr. Hult has been the Executive Director of the Academy of International Business (AIB) and President of the AIB Foundation since 2004. He is President and Board Member of the Sheth Foundation (since 2010), and board member of the International Trade Center of Mid-Michigan and the Economic Club of Greater Lansing. The Mayor of Lansing has also appointed Dr. Hult to the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission (since 2014). Dr. Hult was elected President of the coalition of CIBER schools for 2015-2016, funded by the U.S. Department of Education; he previously served as the Coalition's President in 2011-2012. A prolific grant writer, Dr. Hult is currently a member of a multi-university team (MSU and Duke University) that received a $5 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to study the intersection of water, energy, and commerce. IBC currently has grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation and a contract with the State of Michigan (MEDC). In fund raising, Tomas has been responsible for raising some $14 million for Michigan State University and some $3 million for the Academy of International Business.

MSU's International Business Center is an affiliate of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDoC). Since 2012, Tomas Hult serves on the USDoC affiliated District Export Council, and IBC maintains the web presence of both the West and East DECs in Michigan. At MSU, Tomas is or has served on the university's Honorary Degree CommitteeMSU Athletic CouncilInternational Studies and Programs Executive Committee, and the Broad College of Business Senior Administrator group, among others. He regularly works with some 25 internationally oriented units on the MSU campus, and IBC has facilitated more than 12,000 firms nationwide going international since 2006, with more than 1,900 firms from the State of Michigan.

Dr. Tomas Hult is a well-known keynote speaker and executive trainer on international business global supply chain management, global strategy, and marketing strategy. Interviews with Tomas dealing with global strategy and global SCM can be found on globalEDGE. He regularly does op-ed articles on international trade, and has had work included in Time, Fortune, World Economic Forum, The Conversation, Lansing State Journal, and others. Some of his trade books include: Global Supply Chain Management (2014) with David Closs and David Frayer (published by McGraw Hill Professional) and Total Global Strategy (2012) with George Yip (published by Pearson Prentice Hall). He is also co-author of a number of academic textbooks, including the market-share leading Global Business Today 9e (2016) and International Business 11e (2017) with Charles W. L. Hill (published by McGraw Hill Education) as well as Partial Least Squares (PLS) Path Modeling (2014, 2017) with Joe Hair, Christian Ringle, and Marko Sarstedt (published by Sage).

In research, Hult was ranked the 75th "most cited scientist in economics and business" (and 3rd in marketing) in the world by Thomson Reuters in their Essential Science Indicators covering a period from 1997 to 2007. In a 2012 study by Aguinis et al. (in the Academy of Management Perspectives), Hult was 6th among influential scholars who received their degrees since 1991 (he received his degree in 1995). Based on the Microsoft Academic Search, Tomas Hult is in the top 5 authors in "business administration and economics." Based on a University of Minnesota study, Tomas is also 14th in citations among the worldwide marketing professorate since 2013, and MSU's marketing department is Number 7 and 14, respectively in studies published in the Australasian Journal of Marketing (2015) and by University of Minnesota (2014). Overall, his research has been cited some 23,000 times per Google Scholar.

Professor Hult is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (one of only 85 scholars in the world bestowed with this honor and one of only 5 marketing scholars), and was Editor-in-Chief from 2009 to 2015 of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS was among the top 3 journals in marketing on Thomson Reuters' "impact factors" each year during his editorial term). He is serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Decision Sciences, and Journal of Supply Chain Management; and has 
served as Associate Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies and Journal of Operations Management. He also serves on or has served previous terms on the review boards of the Journal of Marketing, Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Global Strategy Journal, Journal of Retailing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of International Marketing, and International Marketing Review, among others.

Jointly with his wife Laurie Hult, MD, Tomas and Laurie are members of the John A. Hannah donor society for personal financial contributions to Michigan State University. A dual citizen of Sweden and the U.S., Tomas Hult has resided in the U.S since 1987 and been at Michigan State University since January 2001. He holds visiting professorships in the International Business group of his native Uppsala University, Sweden (2013 to Current) and the International Business division of Leeds University, UK (2010 to Current). Michigan State, Uppsala, and Leeds are all ranked in the top 10 in the world in international business research (e.g., Management International Review 2014). With a background in mechanical engineering, Tomas worked for AB Uppsalabuss (Uppsala, Sweden) and Holmen AB (Hallsta, Sweden) prior to entering academe. In academics, prior to Michigan State University, he was at Florida State University (1996-2001) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1994-1996) - serving as the director/coordinator of international business programs at both places.

Contact Tomas Hult at +1.517.353.4336 (Office) or The address for mail is: Tomas Hult, Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business, International Business Center, 645 N. Shaw Ln., Room 7, East Lansing, MI 48864, USA. Or, browse the faculty page at Michigan State University at  for more information. And, find out more about
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Updated September 1, 2015

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  • SCM 881: Global Supply Chain Management (Master)
  • MKT 911: Marketing Strategy (Ph.D.)
  • MKT 940: International Business Theory (Ph.D.)
  • MGT 804: International Management (Master)
  • MKT 310: International Business (Undergraduate)
  • MKT 905: Research Design in Marketing (Ph.D.)

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