The Wall Street Journal honors Thunderbird professor for 2011

December 21, 2011

Dr. Andreas Schotter named a WSJ “Distinguished Professor of the Year” for the second year in a row

The Wall Street Journal and its Journal-In-Education Program has named Thunderbird School of Global Management professor Andreas Schotter, Ph.D. a WSJ Distinguished Professor of the Year. The annual award recognizes only 10 college and university faculty nationwide, and Dr. Schotter is the only professor to have received it twice.

Dr. Schotter is an assistant professor of strategic management at Thunderbird and teaches in the school’s MBA and executive development programs. He is also a visiting professor at the prestigious Nordic Climate Mitigation, Adaptation and Economic Policies (N-CMAEP) Network, a think tank that promotes new interdisciplinary climate strategy research. His expertise is in multinational corporate development and subsidiary evolution, the management of the headquarters-subsidiary interface, corporate strategic change, global innovation and technology management, emerging markets, social enterprising as a strategic capability, and the role of boundary spanners in global business.

The WSJ Distinguished Professor of the Year award is given to faculty who not only actively participate in the Journal-In-Education Program, but also demonstrate best-in-class thought leadership and integration of the program’s tools with course curriculum. Ten award winners are chosen annually from a field of more than 3,000 professors who participate and use the program to connect The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of current events to textbook theory.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as a WSJ Distinguished Professor for 2011. To receive the award two years in a row is an amazing and humbling experience,” said Professor Andreas Schotter. “Integrating the Journal-In-Education Program into my courses has been a great way to maximize student engagement. It keeps our classroom dialogue about global business relevant to real-time events and news happening in the world.”

Before embarking on an academic career, Dr. Schotter was a senior executive with several multinational corporations in the automotive, industrial equipment and consumer goods industries. He served as the Asia-Pacific Regional Managing Director of Bitzer International, a world-leading commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturer from Germany, as well as organizations including the Lancaster Group, Linde AG and Volkswagen AG. As an entrepreneur, Schotter jointly owned and operated a manufacturing business in Australia together with a Chinese partner. He has consulted globally with for-profit and not-for profit organizations in the manufacturing, retail, healthcare, renewable energy and service industries.

This year marks the second year in a row that The Wall Street Journal has recognized Dr. Schotter’s thought leadership and academic excellence with the WSJ Distinguished Professor Award.