Dave Thomas

  • Professor Emeritus, International Business
  • B.Sc. (Appalachian), M.B.A. (N. Carolina), Ph.D. (S. Carolina) International Business

    Segal Room: SGL 3540
    Segal Phone: 778.782.9475

    Email Address: dcthomas@sfu.ca

    Biography

    David C Thomas is the Beedie Professor of International Management in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

    Dr. Thomas is the author of ten books including most recently Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally (2013, Sage Publications) with Mila Lazarova and the best selling Cultural Intelligence: Living and Working Globally (2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers)with Kerr Inkson. His book Cross-Cultural Management Essential Concept (2008, Sage Publications) was the winner of the R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development book of the year award for 2008. In addition, he has recently edited (with Peter B. Smith and Mark Peterson) The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from Sage Publications.

    Dr. Thomas' research on cross-cultural interactions in organizational settings has appeared in numerous journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of World Business, Journal of Business Research, Advances in International Comparative Management, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Leadership Quarterly, and Organizational Dynamics.

    He is currently Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of World Business, Journal of Organizational Behavior,and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.
     

    Research Interests

    Research interests centre on the behaviour of culturally different individuals in organizational settings. Current topics include: cross-cultural leader-member interactions, multi-cultural teams, and cultural differences in the relationship of employees with their employer.

    Selected Publications

    Articles and Reports

    Pekerti, A. A., & Thomas, D. C. C. (2016). n-culturals: Modeling the multicultural identity. Cross Cultural and Strategic Management, 23(1), 101-127. http://doi.org/10.1108-CCSM-06-2014-0063

    Thomas, D. C., Ravlin, E. C., Liao, Y., Morrell, D. L., & Au, K. Y. (2015). Collectivist values, exchange ideology and psychological contract preference. Management International Review, 56(2), 255-281. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11575-015-0275-2

    Pekerti, A. A., & Thomas, D. C. (2015). The role of self-concept in cross-cultural communication. International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 15(2), 167-193. http://doi.org/10.1177/1470595814564767

    Pekerti, A. A., Moeller, M., Thomas, D. C., & Napier, N. K. (2015). N-culturals, the next cross cultural challenge: Introducing a multicultural mentoring model. International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 15(1), 5-25. http://doi.org/10.1177/1470595814559532

    Cheng, J., Birkinshaw, J., Lessard, D. R., & Thomas, D. C. C. (2014). Advancing interdisciplinary research: Insights from the JIBS special issue. Journal of International Business Studies, 45(6), 643-648. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2014.34

    Ravlin, E., Ward, A., & Thomas, D. C. C. (2014). Exchanging social Information across cultural boundaries. Journal of Management, 40(5), 1437-1465. http://doi.org/10.1177/0149206314531623

    Caligiuri, P., & Thomas, D. C. (2013). From the Editors: How to write a high quality review. Journal of International Business Studies, 44(9), 547-553. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2013.24

    Ravlin, E. C., Liao, Y., Morrell, D. L., Au, K. Y., & Thomas, D. C. (2012). Collectivist orientation and the psychological contract: Mediating effects of creditor ideology. Journal of International Business Studies, 43(8), 772-782. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2012.17

    Thomas, D. C., Brannen, M. Y., & Cuervo-Cazurra, A. (2011). Explaining theoretical relationships in international business research: Focusing on the arrow NOT the boxes. Journal of International Business Studies, 42(9), 1073-1078. http://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2011.44

    Thomas, D. C., Fitzsimmons, S. R., Ravlin, E. C., Au, K. Y., Ekelund, B. Z., & Barzanty, C. (2010). Psychological contracts across cultures. Organization Studies, 31(11), 1437-1458. http://doi.org/10.1177/0170840610380811

    Brannen, M. Y., & Thomas, D. C. (2010). Bicultural individuals in organizations: Implications and opportunity. International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 10(1), 5-16. http://doi.org/10.1177/1470595809359580

    Thomas, D. C., Brannen, M. Y., & Garcia, D. (2010). Bicultural individuals and intercultural effectiveness. European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 1(4), 315-333. http://doi.org/10.1504/EJCCM.2010.037640

    Thomas, D. C., Elron, E., Stahl, G., Ekelund, B. Z., Ravlin, E. C., Cerdin, J., ... Lazarova, M. B. (2008). Cultural intelligence: Domain and assessment. International Journal of Cross-cultural Management, 8(2), 123-143.

    Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (2007). Organizational behavior in multinational organizations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28(3), 261-279.

    Thomas, D. C. (2006). Domain and development of cultural intelligence: The importance of mindfulness. Group and Organization Management, 31(1), 78-99.

    Ravlin, E. C., & Thomas, D. C. (2005). Status and stratification processes in organizational life. Journal of Management, 31(6), 966-987.

    Thomas, D. C., Lazarova, M. B., & Inkson, K. (2005). Global careers: New phenomenon or new perspectives. Journal of World Business, 40(4), 340-347.

    Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

    Thomas, D. C. C. (2015). The multicultural mind: Unleashing the hidden force for innovation in your organziation. Oakland, United States: Berrett-Koehler.

    Thomas, D. C. (2015). Cultural intelligence. In Vodosek, M., & Den Hartog, D. (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, Volume 6, International Management. Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118785317.weom060051

    Thomas, D. C. (2014). Cross-cultural management. In Griffin, R. W. (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies: Management. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/OBO/9780199846740-0074

    Liao, Y., Sun, J., & Thomas, D. C. (2014). Cross-cultural research. In Sanders, K., Coqin, J. A., & Bainbridge, H. T. (Eds.), Research methods for human resource management (pp. 115-135). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

    Lazarova, M. B., & Thomas, D. C. (2012). Expatriate adjustment and performance revisited. In Stahl, G. K., Bjorkman, I., & Morris, S. (Eds.), Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management (pp. 271-292). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. http://doi.org/10.4337/9781845428235.00020

    Thomas, D. C. (2012). State of the art: Cross cultural management research. In Gertsen, M. C., Soderberg, A., & Zolner, M. (Eds.), Global collaboration: Intercultural experiences and learning (pp. 15-36). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd (UK). http://doi.org/10.1057/9781137026064

    Thomas, D. C. C., Stahl, G., Ravlin, E. C., Poelmans, S., Pekerti, A., Maznevski, M., ... Aycan, Z. (2012). Development of the cultural intelligence assessment. In Mobley, W. H., Wang, Y., & Li, M. (Eds.), Advances in Global Leadership (pp. 155-178). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1108/S1535-1203%282012%290000007011

    Thomas, D. C., Stahl, G. K., Ravlin, E. C., Poelmans, S., Pekerti, A. A., Maznevski, M. L., ... Au, K. Y. (2011). Development of the cultural intelligence assessment. In Mobley, W. H., Wang, Y., & Li, M. (Eds.), Advances in Global Leadership (pp. 155-178). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1108/S1535-1203(2012)0000007011

    Thomas, D. C. (2010). Cultural intelligence and all that jazz: A cognitive revolution in international management research? Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1108/S1571-5027(2010)00000230014

    Jonsen, K., Aycan, Z., Berdrow, I., Boyacigiller, N., Brannen, M. Y., Davison, S. C., ... Weber, T. J. (2010). Scientific mindfulness: A foundation for future themes in international business. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

    Liao, E., & Thomas, D. C. (2010). Inter-cultural interaction: The Chinese context. In Bond, M. H. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology, 2nd Edition (pp. 679-698). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199541850.013.0040

    Lazarova, M. B., & Lowe, M. D. (2008). Work and family: Research in cross national and international contexts. In Smith, P. B., Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (Eds.), Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research (pp. 185-200). Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

    Napier, N. K., & Thomas, D. C. (2004). Managing relationships in transition economies. Santa Barbara, United States: Praeger.

    Teaching Related Material

    Thomas, D. C., & Peterson, M. F. (2014). Cross-cultural management: Essential concepts (3rd Edition). Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

    Thomas, D. C., & Lazarova, M. B. (2014). Essentials of international human resource management: managaing people globally. Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

    Thomas, D. C., & Inkson, K. (2009). Cultural intelligence: Living and working globally. Oakland, United States: Berrett-Koehler.

    Thomas, D. C., & Inkson, K. (2009). Cultural intelligence: People skills for global business. Oakland, United States: Berrett-Koehler.

    Thomas, D. C. (2008). Cross-cultural management: Essential concepts. Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

    Smith, P. B., Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (2008). The handbook of cross-cultural management research. Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

    Thomas, D. C., & Fitzsimmons, S. R. (2008). Cross-cultural skills and abilities: From communication competence to cultural intelligence. In Smith, P. B., Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (Eds.), The handbook of cross-cultural management research (pp. 201-218). Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US). http://doi.org/10.4135/9781412982764.n12

    Smith, P. B., Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (2008). Introduction. In Smith, P. B., Peterson, M. F., & Thomas, D. C. (Eds.), The handbook of cross-cultural management research (pp. 3-14). Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US). http://doi.org/10.4135/9781412982764.n1

    Thomas, D. C., & Inkson, K. (2007). Careers across cultures. In Peiperl, M., & Gunz, H. (Eds.), Handbook of career studies (pp. 451-470). London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications Ltd (UK).

    Thomas, D. C. (2002). Essentials of international management: A cross-cultural perspective. Thousand Oaks, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US).

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