Dr. Howard Lin, BA, MS, PhD
Professor of Global Management Studies,Ted Rogers School of Business Management
Howard Lin joined the global management studies program at the Ted Rogers School of Business Management at Ryerson University in 2006, bringing with him a wealth of business and teaching experience on two continents.
“Ryerson is an entrepreneurial university,” Lin said. “There is a lot of room to be creative.”
Lin began his career in teaching and banking in Beijing before moving to the United States, where he earned his PhD at Oklahoma State University. He taught international marketing to undergraduates at the university and served as a director for the International Trade and Development Centre in Stillwater before moving on to Penn State University and a position teaching in the MBA program. Lin came to Canada in 2001 to work at the University of Windsor, where he taught international business and marketing to both undergraduates and MBA students.
Here at Ryerson, Lin continues to teach international business to undergraduates and MBA students; it’s a topic that stirs his passion.
“The globe has become an integrated village,” Lin said. “Any local issue has global implications.”
At TRSM, Lin is co-director of the Canada-China Institute for Business & Development, a group that conducts applied research with the goal of helping Canadians to better understand China. The institute runs workshops and conferences and helps connect faculty with counterparts in China.
His own research focuses on transnational entrepreneurship, immigrant entrepreneurship in Canada and foreign direct investment, especially from emerging markets. He is chair of the Canadian chapter of the Academy for International Business, the premier scholarly association in the field. He also serves as vice president (research) of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, the only member-based organization in Canada whose goal is to promote and advance the development of small business and entrepreneurship.
“I think immigrant entrepreneurs have an impact on the Canadian business landscape,” Lin said. “They can contribute to different aspects of the economy and bring in diverse knowledge and connections.”
He enjoys all aspects of his work at TRSM.
“We have a diverse body of students who are very entrepreneurial,” he said. “I like the interaction with them – the classroom is a very enjoyable place. These interactions can also inform your research.”
The global management studies major provides students with the managerial skills and cultural understanding required to function effectively in the new global business environment.