Robert Spich, Faculty Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), UCLA Anderson School of Management


Dr. Robert S. Spich is a senior lecturer of management and international business at UCLA Anderson School of Management where he is a faculty member in the Global Economics and Management area. His teaching specialty covers courses in international management, emerging markets, negotiations and cross cultural issues in global business. With a bachelors degree in international relations from Lafayette College, Dr. Spich continued his professional formation with field experience in economic development projects and technical assistance for the Peace Corps in Chile and the Agency for International Development in Washington D.C. After earning both his MBA and Ph.D. in management and international business from the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Spich was recipient of several research and teaching fellowships to Latin America from both the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University as well as the Fulbright Scholars Program. In addition to his regular courses, Professor Spich has been invited to teach specialized sessions in the Executive MBA and Executive Programs Seminars at UCLA as well as at the University of Washington, the University of Victoria, the American Business School in Prague and the Executive Extension programs at UC Berkley and UCLA. Given his extensive Latin American experience, he has been regularly invited to lecture in executive programs in Chile, Peru, Argentina and Mexico. For the past two years he has co-taught an international strategy course at Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the UC San Diego. In addition he has authored and taught a unique on-line web course in negotiations in the international management program of the University of San Diego.

In addition to his teaching, Dr. Spich has been named as Faculty Program Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research at UCLA Anderson. He recently co-authored a four year renewal of this grant. CIBER works to facilitate the internationalization of curriculum, research and outreach programs at the Anderson School. Two main programs under his charge are the International Management Seminar programs which bring foreign Executive MBA students for a week of classes and field visits to UCLA, and the Advanced International Management Program which allows MBA students to internationalize their degree with work experience abroad, research projects and coursework. In addition, Dr. Spich is a member of the GAP Entrepreneurship faculty which works on developing business plans for new high technology companies in six GAP partner countries.

As a consultant and trainer Dr. Spich has worked with such companies as Hughes Space and Communications, Northrop-Grumman, The Governor’s Principle Leadership Institute at UCLA, ENEL of Italy, Amgen, Akzo-Nobel, Disney, Isabella Fiore, Sierra Systems and the Getty Conservation Institute of the Getty Museum. He is also an invited reviewer of entrepreneurial proposals for state funding for the CalTIP Program of the California Technology and Trade Agency.

In addition he is presently working with Austrian institutions in Graz to set up an international management training program for southeast Europe.

In the past two years he has authored two web-based modular strategic management training courses for the Global Windows Partners at UCLA. His most recent writings are a chapter on international business negotiations for book on culture training in business education. In his private life Dr. Spich enjoys music and movies and in the outdoors desperately tries to find time to hike, fish and ski. Dr. Spich presently lives in Los Angeles.

Ph.D. International Business, University of Washington
MBA Business, University of Washington
B.A. Industrial Relations, Lafayette College

Interests Globalization, Cross-Cultural Issues, Management of Cultural Organizations


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