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About Dezsö J. Horváth
Dezsö J. Horváth is Dean and Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Strategic Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1977. Dr. Horváth is an electrical engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Licentiate and PhD degrees in Management from Sweden. Following an early career in research and development with the Swedish multinational ASEA (now ABB), he was appointed to increasingly senior academic positions at Swedish universities before joining York. In addition to publishing books and articles on strategic management and international business, he has been engaged by major corporations and governments as a consultant in these fields.
On becoming Dean in 1988, Dr. Horváth worked with internal and external stakeholders to position Schulich as Canada’s Transnational Business School™. In addition to operating the Sino-Canadian Joint Center for Executive Education at Beihang University campus in Beijing, China, Schulich has satellite centres in Mumbai, India; Beijing and Shanghai, China; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and São Paulo, Brazil. The School’s many strategic partnerships around the world include academic exchange agreements with more than 80 leading international business schools in close to 40 countries. In 2010 Schulich became the first leading international business school from outside India to deliver an MBA degree in that country, and in 2014 opened a new campus in Hyderabad, India.
Under Dr. Horváth’s leadership, Schulich has risen steadily in global rankings. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights and among the world’s leading MBA programs by The Economist, Forbes and CNN Expansión. The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #5 in the world by The Economist and #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London.
In addition to being a faculty member at York University, Dean Horváth is currently a Director of Westport Innovations Inc. (2001-); Inscape Corporation (2003-); Samuel, Son & Co. Limited (2007-); UBS Bank (Canada) (2009-); Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) (2009-) and Toronto Leadership Centre (formerly The Toronto International Leadership Centre for Financial Sector Supervision) (1998-). He is on the International Advisory Council of the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University (2007-), and the Advisory Boards of the St. Petersburg University School of Management (1996-); Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) (2009-); and The CEO of the Year Award (co-sponsored by The Caldwell Partners Amrop International, the National Post and the CTV Television Network) (1992-); and a member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s (APF Canada) Futures Group on Asia (2011-). He is a Co-Founder of The Czech Management Centre, Prague, The Czech Republic (1990), and of the International Management Centre, Hungary (now part of the Central European University in Budapest) (1989). He is a former Director of a number of organizations, including Dofasco Inc. (1995-2006) and Credit Suisse First Boston Canada (1994-1999). In 1995, he was appointed as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
In 2004, Dr. Horváth was named Dean of the Year by the Academy of International Business (AIB), the world’s leading association of scholars in the field of international business. This award is given in recognition of “outstanding leadership in various aspects of internationalization, including programs, research and curriculum development, and outreach.” In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honour in Canada, for his academic leadership and sustained commitment to business education. In 2012, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and significant contributions to Canada. In 2014, he was selected by The Toronto Star as one of the 180 most important people, past and present, who helped shape the City of Toronto since its founding.
2014 Selected by The Toronto Star as one of the 180 most important people, past and present, who helped shape the City of Toronto since its founding
2012 Received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of significant contributions to Canada.
2008 Selected as a Member of the Order of Canada for academic leadership and sustained commitment to business education.
2006 On the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, selected as one of 50 Hungarian-Canadians to have made extraordinary contributions to Canadian society.
2004 Selected as Academy of International Business (AIB) 2004 Dean of the Year in recognition of “outstanding leadership in various aspects of internationalization, including programs, research and curriculum development, and outreach”.
1995 Selected as the 1995 recipient of The B’nai Brith Canada Award of Merit, “In recognition of achievements as a leader in the fields of education and business.”
1995 – 2005 Invited Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland
1991 – 1995 Invited Council Member, The Premier's Council for Economic Renewal of Ontario, Canada
BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
Small Countries in the World Economy: The Case of Sweden, Montreal: The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1989, 114 pp. (with D.J. Daly)
Price Inflation, Productivity, and Performance in the Urban Transit Industry, Research Report No. 70, University of Toronto/York University Joint Program in Transportation, Toronto, 1981, 140 pp. (with C.J. McMillan)
Designing Organizations: Theory and Practice, Studies in Business Administration, No. 20, University of Umeå, 1976, 314 pp. and Stockholm: Nordstedts, 1977, 323 pp. (in Swedish)
Management of International Operations in Divisionalized Companies, Marknadstekniskt Centrum Studies, No. 3, Stockholm, 1975, 12 pp. (in Swedish)
Criteria and Principles for Company Organization, Studies in Business Administration, No. 12, University of Umeå, 1972, 151 pp. and Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1976, 130 pp. (in Swedish)
Organizational Planning and Company Relocation, Studies in Business Administration, No. 6, University of Umeå, 1971, 123 pp. (with D. Ramström) (in Swedish)
JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
“Graduate Learning for Business and Sustainability”, in Nemetz, P.N., ed., Bringing Business on Board: Sustainable Development and the B-School Curriculum, University of British Columbia Press, 2002 (with P. Victor and D. Wheeler)
"Canada's Strategic Markets: The Case for Selecting Eastern Europe and the USSR", Business in the Contemporary World, Vol. III, No. 1, Autumn 1990, pp.148 - 155 (with X. Martin)
“Industrial Policy: An Entrepreneurial Strategy for Jamaica”, The Manager, The Jamaican Institute of Management, No. 12, 1986, pp. 21-34
“Structural Uniformity and Cultural Diversity in Organizations: A Comparative Study of Factories in Britain, Japan and Sweden”, in Sato, K., and Y. Hoshino, eds., The Anatomy of Japanese Business, Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharp, 1984, pp. 101 - 120 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan)
“Commentary on Research in the Field of Entrepreneurship”, in Kent, C.A., Sexton, D.L. and K.H. Vesper, eds., Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1982, pp. 374-376 (with R. Peterson)
“Bureaucratic Structures in Cross-National Perspective: A Study of British, Japanese and Swedish Firms”, in Dlugos, G., and K. Weiermair, eds., Management Under Differing Value Systems: Political, Social and Economic Perspectives in a Changing World, New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1981, pp. 537-563 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan)
“Industrial Planning in Japan”, California Management Review, Vol. XXIII, No. 1, Fall 1980, pp. 11-21 (with C.J. McMillan)
“Behavioural Models of Strategy Formulation”, International Studies of Management and Organization, Vol. IX, No. 3, Fall 1979, 133 pp. and Vol. IX, No. 4, Winter 1979-1980, 109 pp. (Guest Editor with C.J. McMillan)
“Strategic Choice and the Structure of Decision Processes”, International Studies of Management and Organization, Vol. IX, No. 3, Fall 1979, pp. 87-112 (with C.J. McMillan)
“Perceptions of Organization Structure: Comparison of British, Japanese and Swedish Factories”, Organizational Science (Japan), Vol. 13, No. 4, 1979, pp. 26-36 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan) (in Japanese)
“Organization Structure in Japan: An International Comparison”, Organizational Science (Japan), Vol. 12, No. 4, 1979, pp. 2-12 and Vol. 13, No. 1, 1979, pp. 65-66 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan) (in Japanese)
“Grounds for Comparative Organization Theory: Quicksands or Hard Core?” in Lammers, C.J., and D.J. Hickson, eds., Organization Alike and Unlike: International and Institutional Studies in the Sociology of Organizations, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979, pp. 25-41 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan)
“The Cultural Context of Organizational Control: An International Comparison”, International Studies of Management and Organization, Vol. VI, No. 3, Fall 1976, pp. 60-86 and in edited version in Hickson, D.J., and C.J. McMillan, eds., Organization and Nation. The Aston Programme IV, Farnborough, Hants.: Gower Publishing, 1981, pp. 173 -183 (with K. Azumi, D.J. Hickson and C.J. McMillan)
“Mueasrement of Divisional Performance”, Företagsekonomi: Bokföraren och Revisorn, 1975: 5/6, pp. 1-8 (with M. Glader) (in Swedish)
“Organization Planning and Relocation of Government Agencies”, in Relocation of Government Agencies in Sweden, Delegationen för lokalisering av statlig verksamhet, Finansdepartementet, SOU 1972: 55, Stockholm, pp. 49-56 (with D. Ramström) (in Swedish)
“Organizing for Geographically Dispersed Operations”, in Research on Relocation of Government Agencies, Expertgruppen for regional utredningsverksamhet (ERU) vid inrikesdepartementet, Stockholm, 1972, pp. 1-5 (with D. Ramström) (in Swedish)
“System Model for Controlling Organizations”, in Johnson, E., ed., System Problems, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 1968, pp. 25-38 (in Swedish) and in, Goldberg, W., ed., Behavioral Approaches to Modern Gothenburg Studies in Business Administration, No. 4, Graduate School of Business Administration in Gothenburg, 1970, pp. 265-276
“Transportation Economics for Companies in Northern Sweden”, Svensk Trävaru and Pappersmassatidning, 1966: 19, pp. 980-983 (with C. Lindström) (in Swedish)
“The Economics of Shipping in Winter Time”, Norrländsk Tidskrift, 1966:3, pp. 44-45 (with C. Lindström) (in Swedish)
Invited Section Editor and Contributor, "Training for Globalization", Inside Guide, Vol. 5, Number 6, December, 1991, pp. 19-23
In summary, research activities cover three broad areas: strategic management, organizational behaviour and international business. International orientation has a strong presence in most of the research projects.