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Roy Nelson

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Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 1221
Biography: 

Roy C. Nelson is an Associate Professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as Associate Dean of Thunderbird's undergraduate programs. He also served as Academic Director for Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Roy Nelson’s book, "Harnessing Globalization: The Promotion of Nontraditional Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America" (Penn State University Press), is based on his extensive field research in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Singapore, and Ireland. An earlier book, "Industrialization and Political Affinity: Industrial Policy in Brazil" (Routledge Press), is based on his field research in Brazil.

Nelson has also published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in top academic journals, as well as Latin American case studies in the Thunderbird case series that are staples in business schools across the country. In addition to his expertise on Latin America, he is recognized as an authority on international business and government relations, foreign direct investment, and global political economy.

His industry experience includes working at Pharmacia & Upjohn Corporation (later acquired by Pfizer) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has also worked as a consultant for various clients, including the World Bank and the Chilean Economic Development Agency (CORFO). His work on behalf of CORFO has served to introduce his Thunderbird students to the agency and an opportunity to work directly with senior executives.

Nelson has taught in executive education with numerous corporations, including programs for Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell International, Acer, LG, Hewlett-Packard, Odebrecht, Cummins, and Kohler. He is currently co-academic director for a joint program with the Tec de Monterrey on “Developing Ventures in Latin America,” to be held in Miami and Mexico City this May.

Cited in a Business Week survey of former Thunderbird students as “among the professors they enjoyed/respected the most,” Nelson is a multiple recipient of the Outstanding Professor award at Thunderbird. He leads field seminars for Thunderbird’s Executive Degree programs every year to visit companies in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and/or Argentina. Nelson has also been a visiting professor at the University of Memphis, Vanderbilt University, and Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Nelson, who speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish, received his bachelor's (with honors) from Stanford University, his master's degree from Yale University, and his doctorate from Cornell University.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Cornell University
  • M.A. Yale University
  • B.A. (Honors), Stanford University
Research Interests: 

Areas of Expertise

  • International Business and Government Relations
  • Global Political Economy
  • Latin American Business Issues
  • Doing Business in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina and Mexico
  • Foreign Direct Investment
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 484Internship
TAM 505Navigating Glbl & RBEs
TGM 515Navigating Glbl & RBEs
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 394Special Topics
TGM 484Internship
TAM 505Navigating Glbl & RBEs
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 484Internship
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 484Internship
TAM 505Navigating Glbl & RBEs
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 484Internship
TAM 505Navigating Glbl & RBEs
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 493Honors Thesis
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 353Regional Mgmt Environment
TGM 492Honors Directed Study
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 594Conference and Workshop
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 468States and Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
TGM 596Thunderbird Experiencial Pract
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 353Regional Mgmt Environment
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 596Thunderbird Experiencial Pract
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 508RBE I: Emerging Mkts
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TGM 101Principles of Global Mgmt
TGM 505States & Markets
TGM 596Thunderbird Experiencial Pract