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Howard Lin - Ted Rogers School of Management. Toronto, ON, CA

Howard Lin Howard Lin

Professor | Ted Rogers School of Management

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Expert in International Business and Entrepreneurship





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Dr. Howard Lin received an MA in economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and a PhD in marketing/international business from Oklahoma State University. He was a faculty member of Pennsylvania State University’s School of Graduate Professional Studies and University of Windsor. Howard has published his research on international business in scholarly journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Journal of World Business, Journal of International Marketing, and International Marketing Review. A 2006 report by Michigan State University has ranked him among the top 90 most prolific scholars in IB research based on the cumulative publication counts in five leading international business journals. He has studied immigrant entrepreneurship in relation to the international dynamic due to growing immigrant populations in Canada from the Pacific-Rim countries. Lin was the founder of the Centre for the Study of Canada-Asia Business at Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, an economist in the International Business Department with the Bank of China, and director of international business assistance at the Center for International Trade Development, a regional hub for international business affiliated with U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was former chair of the Academy of International Business Canada Chapter and currently serves as vice president (research) of the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Innovation & Commercialization Cross-Cultural & Comparative Management Foreign Direct Investment International Joint Ventures Emerging Markets Transnational & Immigrant Entrepreneurship


Accomplishments (4)

Ryerson SRC Award (2010) (professional)

Ryerson University Office of Research Services

Top Researcher of the Year (professional)

Commerce Society, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

Awards for Excellence in Scholarship, Research & Creative Activity (professional)

University of Windsor

Recognition for Contributions to Employment Equity (professional)

University of Windsor

Education (3)

Pennsylvania State University: PhD, Marketing/International Business

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: MA, Economics

Central University for Nationalities: B.A., Political Science

Affiliations (2)

  • Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship - Vice President
  • Canadian Entrepreneurship & Innovation Platform - Chairman

Selected Media Appearances (3)

China-U.S. trade relations

CBC News  online


Howard Lin is director of Ryerson Univerisity's Canada-China Institute for Business & Development. 5:28...

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Dr. Howard Lin: Building Business Opportunities for Immigrants

This is TRSM  online


Profile of Dr. Howard Lin

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Transnational Entrepreneurship: Q&A with Howard Lin

Hire Immigrants  online


'The movement of people back to home countries is typically associated with “brain drain.” It’s considered a loss of talent. But Howard Lin, co-director of the Canada-China Institute for Business Development at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management, thinks otherwise. He argues that when skilled workers move back but maintain trade or other business ties, it contributes to a “brain circulation” and gains for the countries involved. Cross-border activities increase the circulation of knowledge.'

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