Gary Knight

Professor of Global Management, Helen Simpson Jackson Endowed Chair of International Management

Image of Gary Knight

Contact Information

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
503-370-6618 (o), 850-321-6875 (c)


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University
  • M.B.A. University of Washington
  • B.A. Washington State University


Professor Knight has extensive experience in international business in the private sector, especially regarding Europe, Japan, and Mexico. For 15 years, he was professor of international business at Florida State University where he developed the university’s business study abroad programs in Europe and Japan. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at McGill University, Canada. His research emphasizes international strategy, emerging markets, and internationalization of small and medium enterprises.

Professor Knight has authored six books and 40 refereed articles in academic journals, including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, International Executive, and Management International Review. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business invited Professor Knight to provide expert testimony on international management topics.

He has been an invited speaker at numerous universities worldwide. In addition to graduate degrees, Professor Knight attended the University of Paris in France and Sophia University in Japan and is fluent in French, Japanese, and Spanish. Personal interests include world affairs, reading, writing, international travel, and learning foreign languages.

Is your company looking to produce an international business plan? Review Professor Knight's project proposal for his International Entrepreneurship course.

Learn more about the Atkinson School's "Best Paper Award in Ethics, Social Responsibility and/or Sustainability" through the Academy of Management's International Division.

Willamette University MBA offers a one-credit course each fall and spring semester that includes a week-long international study trip to different locations around the world. Learn more here: Willamette MBA Study Abroad.


Organizations produce, market, and conduct other value-adding activities on a global scale. Firms seek customers abroad and engage in collaborative relationships with foreign business partners. While global commerce has existed for centuries, recently it has grown in speed and complexity. New realities reflect globalization, technological advances, and new global competitors. The rise of international smaller firms and of emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere represent growing diversity in international management. Globalization and technological advances both support and compel organizations, large and small, to engage global environments. Managers need an improved understanding of the evolving international landscape. My teaching aims to provide balanced coverage of large multinational organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and the growing role of government and non-governmental organizations.

Areas of Instruction

Global management and innovation, international entrepreneurship, launching and managing international ventures

Research Interests

International management strategy, strategy in ‘bottom-of-the-pyramid’ countries and emerging markets, strategy of the ‘born global’ firm, international entrepreneurship

Honors, Awards and Distinctions

Winner, JIBS Decade Award, 2014, Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), for the 2004 JIBS article “Innovation, Organizational Capabilities, and the Born-Global Firm” (with Tamer Cavusgil). JIBS is the leading academic journal in International Business and gives the Decade Award to the article that has most impacted international business research in the decade following its publication.

Ranked in the top five percent of scholars who have published in the Journal of International Business Studies since 1995, based on number of articles published.

Ranked one of the top 15 most prolific scholars in the United States, and one of the top 30 worldwide, in the six leading international business journals.

Thorelli 5-Year Award, for the best article in international business, for the article "Entrepreneurship and Marketing Strategy: The SME Under Globalization," Journal of International Marketing

Selected Professional Activities

Editorial Boards: Multinational Business Review, Journal of International Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Marketing

President, Association of Japanese Business Studies, 2013-2015

Chair, 2012, Paper Development Workshop, Association of Japanese Business Studies, Washington, DC

Chair, 2008, Farmer Dissertation Award Selection Committee, Academy of International Business, to select the year’s top PhD dissertation in international business, worldwide

Selected Publications

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Gary Knight, and John Riesenberger, International Business: Strategy, Management, and the New Realities, 3rd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2013. Other editions include Chinese translation, Pearson Education Taiwan; India edition, Pearson; Korean translation, Pearson Education Korea; Portuguese translation, Pearson Education do Brasil.

Peter Liesch, Peter Buckley, Bernard Simonin, and Gary Knight, “Organizing the Modern Firm in the Worldwide Market for Market Transactions,” Management International Review, 2012.

S. Tamer Cavusgil, Gary Knight, and John Riesenberger, Global Business: A Managerial Perspective, 1st Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2011.

Michael Czinkota, Gary Knight, Peter Liesch, and John Steen, “Terrorism and International Business: A Research Agenda,” Journal of International Business Studies, 2010.

S. Tamer Cavusgil and Gary Knight, Born Global Firms: A New International Enterprise. New York: Business Expert Press, 2009.

Gary Knight and Daekwan Kim, “International Business Competence and the Contemporary Firm,” Journal of International Business Studies, 2008.

Gary Knight and S. Tamer Cavusgil, “A Taxonomy of Born-Global Firms,” Management International Review, 2005.

Gary Knight and S. Tamer Cavusgil, “Innovation, Organizational Capabilities, and the Born-Global Firm,” Journal of International Business Studies, 2004 (Winner, JIBS Decade Award)

Gary Knight and Peter Liesch (2002), “Information Internalization in the Internationalization of the Firm,” Journal of Business Research, 2002.

Gary Knight, “Entrepreneurship and Strategy in the International SME,” Journal of International Management, 2001.

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

Back to Top