Thomas Murtha

Distinguished Service, Management

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

M.A., Public Affairs, University of Minnesota - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
B.A., Experimental Education in Written Communication, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., Business Administration, New York University - Stern School of Business

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Tom Murtha joined the Opus College of Business and the University of St. Thomas in January 2013 as a Distinguished Service Professor of Management. Most recently, he served as professor of management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and professor of marketing and international business at Michigan State University. He is a professor emeritus of strategic management and organization at the University of Minnesota (2008), managing director of Stratametrics, Inc., a small global strategy consulting organization that does survey research and works with senior managers of international companies.

Murtha is the co-author of Managing New Industry Creation: Global Knowledge Formation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology, a book about the corporate strategies, technology innovation processes and business history of the flat panel display industry (Stanford University Press, December, 2001), and many articles in academic and management-oriented periodicals. He has also served as an associate editor of the Journal of International Business Studies, and as the founding editor of the journal's departments of International Political Economy and Technology and Innovation.

In 2009, with seed funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Murtha helped to found a new academic society, the Industry Studies Association, of which he was elected president in 2011. He received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1989, and has served on the faculty and as coordinator of doctoral studies in international business at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He has given hundreds of presentations on such topics as global new industry creation and national competitiveness for industry, government and academic audiences across Asia, Europe and North America. Before his academic career, he worked in the advertising and publishing industries in New York, and wrote about music and the arts for such publications as Rolling Stone. He has been elected to the boards of several arts organizations, currently the Bakken Trio Chamber Music series in the Twin Cities, and, until 2012, the Chicago Opera Theater, where he remains a member of the President's Council

Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
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MGMT 805 - 201 International Business - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 301
Description of course International Business : CRN: 22052
Companies today face an increasing variety of choices about where to locate different value-creating activities. This course explores the opportunities and challenges associated with conducting business in a global context. The goal of this course is to provide the foundations for understanding the external global environment facing a multinational enterprise (MNE), and the internal challenges of managing an MNE. Specifically, this course examines the following topics: the forces behind globalization, the different cultural, political, legal and economic environments in which global businesses operate, the tradeoffs between global and local strategies, the alternatives available for coordinating activity in an MNE, and the unique challenges involved with managing people in a globally dispersed organization. Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Distinguished Service Faculty, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis / Saint Paul (2013 - present)
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Managing Director and Co-founder, Stratametrics, Inc., Minneapolis (1998 - present)
  • Professor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (1994 - 2008)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1989 - 1994)
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1987 - 1989)
  • Research Associate, United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations, New York (1986 - 1987)
  • Research Assistant, Stern School of Business, New York (1983 - 1986)
  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota - Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Minneapolis (1981 - 1983)
  • Executive Vice President, Holland Advertising, Inc., (1977 - 1981)

Professional Memberships
  • Academy of International Business
  • Industry Studies Association

Professional Service
  • University of Illinois at Chicago - Marketing Recruiting,
  • Industry Studies Association,
  • Industry Studies Association,
  • Journal of International Business Studies,

Public Service
  • Chicago Opera Theater, Board Member
  • Gold Mountain Homeowners' Association, Board Member
  • The Bakken Trio, Inc, Board Member

  • Schuler, D., Murtha, T. P., & Lenway, S. A. (2011). Le defi belge: Bringing politics in.
  • Kenney, M., Massini, S., & Murtha, T. P. (2009). Offshoring administrative and technical work: New fields for understanding the global enterprise. Journal of International Business Studies, pp. 887-900
  • Spencer, J. W., Murtha, T. P., & Lenway, S. A. (2005). How governments matter to new industry creation. Academy of Management Review, pp. 321-337
  • Murtha, T. P. (2004). The metanational firm in context: Competition in knowledge-driven industriesIndustries. (16), pp. 101-136
  • Murtha, T. P., & Lenway, S. A. (1998). Country capabilities and the strategic state: How political institutions affect multinational corporations strategies. Strategic Management Journal, (15), pp. 113-119
  • Murtha, T. P., Lenway, S. A., & Bagozzi, R. P. (1998). Global mindsets and cognitive shift in a complex multinational corporation. Strategic Management Journal,
  • Lenway, S. A., & Murtha, T. P. (1994). The state as strategist in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies, (25)(3), pp. 513-535

Books and Chapters
  • Lenway, S. A., & Murtha, T. P. (2005). Le Systeme Francais d'innovation dans l'economie mondiale: Enjeux et priorites. In Frederique Sachwald and Phillippe Larédo (Ed.), Global knowledge networks and national systems of innovation: Lessons from the United States and the flat panel display industry (pp. 49-62). Paris: Institut de l'entreprise
  • Murtha, T. P., Lenway, S. A., & Hart, J. (2003). Locating Global Advantage. In Martin Kenney with Richard Florida (Ed.), Knowledge creation across technology generations: The new geography of innovation. Stanford University Press
  • Murtha, T. P., Lenway, S. A., & Hart, J. A. (2001). Managing new indusry creation: Global knowledge formationa dn entrepreneurship in high technology. Stanford, California Stanford, California: Stanford University Press
  • Hart, J. A., Lenway, S. A., & Murtha, T. P. (2000). Coping with globalization. In Assem Prakash and Jeffrey Hart (Ed.), Technonationalism and cooperation in a globalized industry: The case of flat panel displays (pp. 117-147). New York, New York: Routledge
  • Murtha, T. P., Spencer, J. W., & Lenway, S. A. (1996). Moving targets: National industrial strategies and embedded innovation in the global flat panel display industry. Greenwich, Connecticut Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI Press

Research Interests
  • Competition; Conflict Management; Corporate Management; Economic Markets -- Domestic; Economic Markets -- International; Engineering; Emerging Business; Entrepreneurship Strategy; International Business; Intellectual Property; Manufacturing; Other: Strategies for cross-border knowledge creation; Knowledge-driven competition; Organizational cognition and globalization processes; International firm/state strategic interaction; Country-specific strategic capabilities; Technology and Innovation Management; New Industry Creation Strategy
  • organization and entrepreneurship in the Arts