Associate Dean for Global Initiatives
Director - GLOBE
Professor of Management
Dr. Linda M. Sama is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and a Professor of Management in the Tobin College of Business (TCB). She earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the City University of New York, a Masters in Philosophy at Baruch (CUNY), and an MBA in International Finance from McGill University .Her doctoral dissertation addressing the twin impact of governance mechanisms and strategic slack on corporate social response strategies earned her the Lasdon Dissertation Award. She is the recipient of several other awards for her business ethics research, including the Abraham Briloff Award for Best Paper in Business Ethics at the City University of New York, and the Dean’s Award for Best Paper at the 7th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, co-sponsored by St. John’s University.
Dr. Sama made a transition to academe after a lengthy career in industry, where she acted as Director of Market Planning and Logistics for a major international subsidiary of Transamerica Corporation. She teaches primarily in the areas of International Business, Strategic Management and Business Ethics, and has taught at Baruch College, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and Pace University prior to coming to St. Johns in the fall of 2007. At UTEP, she was designated as the Skov International Business Ethics Scholar, and she served as Director of the Center for International Business Development at Pace’s Lubin School of Business.
She has published over 50 articles, proceedings papers and book chapters that address issues of corporate social responsibility, business and the natural environment, integrative social contracts theory, and global business ethics dilemmas in the new economy. Her research appears in journals such as The Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Business and Society Review, The Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, and the International Journal of Value-Based Management. She has also published research for the U.S. Department of Transportation related to the effects of NAFTA on U.S.-Mexico border logistics. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal.
Dr. Sama founded, launched and serves as program director for GLOBE (Global Loan Opportunities for Budding Entrepreneurs). GLOBE is a student-managed academic program at TCB that provides loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world with the help of its field partners, the Daughters of Charity, while simultaneously educating students about microfinance and social entrepreneurship. http://www.stjohns.edu/globe
In her role as Associate Dean, Dr. Sama has developed and implemented a Global Destination Course (GDC) program in TCB, offering a menu of undergraduate and graduate business courses featuring a short-term travel component related to the academic content of the course. Students hailing from the various TCB campuses in New York and Rome participate in a unique opportunity, working on-line with a professor to prepare academically for the trip, and traveling together during the intercession for business site visits in exciting destinations within Europe, Asia and South America. www.stjohns.edu/tcbgradglobal
Dr. Sama consults to industry, NGOs, and government on Strategic Planning, Global Leadership and Business Ethics topics and has offered related seminars and training sessions. She has also been an invited speaker at a number of international conferences on business ethics, including one hosted by the famed Wharton School. She serves as a director on the Board of the Microfinance Club of New York, and the Board of Trustees of Good Counsel Academy Elementary School. Dr. Sama’s avocation is choral singing and she has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall on over 30 occasions as a member of New York City’s The St. Cecilia Chorus.
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