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Tomas Hult

Tomas Hult

Byington Endowed Chair and Professor
Department: Marketing

Department: MSU-CIBER (International Business Center)

Executive Director
Department: Academy of International Business

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

Telephone: 517-353-4336


Recent Research
Stock Returns on Customer Satisfaction (Journal of Marketing, 2016) (Radio)
An Abnormally Abnormal Intangible (Journal of Marketing, 2016) (Commentaries)
Participation in Green Programs (Journal of Marketing, 2016) (Radio)
Assessing Marketing Performance (Journal of Marketing, 2016
Firm, Industry, and Country Effects (Strategic Management Journal, 2016)
Contexts, Organizations, and Theories (Journal of International Business Studies, 2016)
Google Scholar - 32,000 Citations

Selected Books
Second Shift and GM (2016) [Book] [Animation] [Documentary]
International Business (2017)
Global Business Today (2016)
Global Supply Chain Management (2014)

Second Shift and GM (2016) [MSU] [LSJ] [Fox] [...More]
Hult Named 2016 Academy of Marketing Science Educator
globalEDGE Business Beat
globalEDGE Blog
MSU Today

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, and teaches for the Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain Management departments. IBC is one of the 17 centers designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a center of excellence in international business and trade (i.e., CIBER). In 2015, IBC celebrated 25 years of being funded by the U.S. Department of Education. On behalf of the State of Michigan, IBC also serves as the Regional Export Network (REN) for 24 counties in mid-Michigan (Regions 5, 6, 7, and 9). 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 195 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. 8 by Forbes; No. 8 by The Economist; No. 11 by Financial Times, No. 12 by BusinessWeek; and No. 14 by U.S. News & World Report. The Broad College is also ranked No. 7 by BusinessWeek and No. 11 by 
U.S. News & World Report News among public undergraduate business schools (No. 20 and No. 22 for all schools). The Broad College is 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 also appointed Dr. Hult to the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission (since 2014). Dr. Hult was President of the coalition of CIBER schools in 2011-2012 and 2015-2016, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and serves as the political liaison for the CIBER network with the Coalition for International Education. 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 contracts with the State of Michigan (MEDC) and Academy of International Business (AIB). In fundraising, 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 MSU's International Business Center 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 CommitteeInternational Studies and Programs Executive Committee
MSU Athletic Council, 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 2,000 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. In a short video interview, Tomas discusses his global strategy training, and in Q&A sessions with Dr. Sarah Singer, Tomas talks about global strategy and global SCM. He regularly does op-ed articles on international trade, and has had work included in Time, FortuneFortune, World Economic Forum, The Conversation, Lansing State Journal, and others. Some of his trade books include: Second Shift (2016) with David Hollister, Ray Tadgerson, and David Closs (published by 
McGraw Hill Professional); 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 #1 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 32,000 times per Google Scholar.

Professor Hult is an elected Fellow of the Academy of International Business (one of only about 85 scholars in the world bestowed with this honor and one of only 5 marketing scholars).  He was also selected the 2016 
Academy of Marketing Science / CUTCO-Vector Distinguished Marketing Educator. Tomas was Editor-in-Chief from 2009 to 2015 of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He is serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Marketing; Consulting Editor for Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS); and Consulting Editor for Journal of Supply Chain Management; having previously served as Associate Editor of JIBS, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, and International Journal of Research in Marketing. He also serves on or has served previous terms on the review boards of the Journal of Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of 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 the 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 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 
Tomas Hult on Google ScholarLinkedInTwitterFacebookAmazon, ResearcherID, ResearchGate, Orcid, Academia.eduSocial Science Research NetworkKloutYouTube, Mentors GuildMSU Scholars, and MSU Expert.

Updated October 2016

Global Strategy
Marketing Strategy
Global Marketing
Global Supply Chain Management
Strategic Management
Strategic Supply Chain Management
International Business
Trade, Exporting, and Importing
Stakeholders and Public Policy


  • Dr. Tomas Hult's articles are listed on his Curriculum Vita which is available for download on this site. The Google Scholar page for Dr. Hult has a listing and citation impact of his articles, and the pdf files of the articles are available for download at his page on ResearchGate.
  • 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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