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James Portwood, Ph.D.

James Portwood, Ph.D.Dr. Portwood is currently a Professor of Human Resource Management and International Business in Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management. He is also Director of the Temple University Center for European Studies and since 1990, has been an adjunct Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Portwood was a Fulbright Fellow in Hungary in 1990-91, and has since led projects promoting economic and social transformation in Central and Eastern Europe funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the Soros Foundation, the Ukrainian Federation of America, and the World Bank. These projects include reform efforts in the public as well as private sectors. He has also worked as a consultant with such international companies as American Express, Nycomed Pharmaceuticals, General Motors, Ford Motor Company (Europe), Dominion Textiles (Canada), Manulife Insurance (Asia), McKinsey & Co. (Japan), NEC (Japan), KPMG (Europe), General Electric, British Telecom, Pioneer Seed (Hungary), and MOL-Hungarian Oil Company.

Dr. Portwood is an active scholar and author in the areas of International Human Resource Management, Global Change Management, and the Human Side of Organizational Transitions. His research and writings have appeared in such publications as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Allied Health, Human Resource Planning, American Chamber of Commerce-Japan Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Labor Law Journal. He has been a member of the editorial board of Human Resource Planning, President of the Careers Division of the National Academy of Management, and a peer reviewer for a variety of journals and professional associations. He has taught internationally in England, Italy, France, Japan, India, and Singapore as well as Hungary. He currently teaches the Leadership and Group Dynamics course in Temple’s Executive MBA programs in Philadelphia, Tokyo, and Singapore.

Dr. Portwood's current interests include tracking trends in international labor markets, especially the increasing use of offshoring and contingent workers as tools of strategic HR practice. He is also studying the impact of economic transitions in emerging economies, and the need for new management paradigms as these economies mature. Finally, he is studying strategic and labor market implications of the trend towards global product design and production. Most recently, Dr. Portwood has been working on a project to improve healthcare availability in rural areas of Ukraine through use of web-based technology. He has also worked on healthcare development projects in Hungary, Poland, India, Cameroon, and Egypt.

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