Allan Bird



PhD in Organizational Studies, University of Oregon, USA
MA in International Business, Sophia University, Japan
BA in Special Studies, California State University - Fresno, USA
Fellow, Academy of International Business, USA

Areas of Expertise

Global leadership assessment and development, Intercultural management, Managing in a global organizations, International human resource management, Japanese business and management

Allan Bird


Profile and History

Dr. Bird’s research interests focus on effective leadership and management at the intersections of culture in global contexts, with a particular emphasis on the assessment and development of individual and organizational competencies. More recently his focus has been on issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity as a subset on intercultural interactions. Since 2001, he has also served as President of The Kozai Group, Inc., an international consulting firmed focused on identifying and developing exceptional talent. He has worked with companies in North America, Europe, and Japan, including AT&T, Boeing, Bose, Coca Cola, Eisai, EMC Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, GE, IBM, Medtronic, Molex, Monsanto, Nippon Express, Sharp and Watchmark.

Also teaches/ taught at:

Pacific University (USA), Northeastern University (USA), University of Missouri – St. Louis (USA), California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo (USA), New York University (USA), Columbia University (USA), Rikkyo University (Japan), Seinäjoki University of Applied Science (Finland)


  1. Corner, A.J., Liu, L.A., & Bird, A. (2021). Contextualizing human resource management in emerging markets: The case for context-specific competencies. International Business Review, 30(3): 101792.
  2. Reiche, S., Bird, A., Mendenhall, M. & Osland, J. (2017). Contextualizing leadership: A typology of global leadership roles. Journal of International Business Studies, 48 (4): 552-572.
  3. Bird, A. & Mendenhall, M. (2016.) From cross-cultural management to global leadership: Evolution and adaptation. Journal of World Business, 51(1): 115-126.
  4. Bird, A., Mendenhall, M.E., Stevens, M. J. & Oddou, G. (2010). Defining the domain of intercultural competence for global leaders. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 25, 8: 810-828.
  5. Furuya, N., Stevens, M., Bird, A., Oddou, G. & Mendenhall, M. (2009). Managing the learning and transfer of global management competence: Antecedents and outcomes of Japanese repatriation effectiveness. Journal of International Business Studies, 40: 200-215.
  6. Osland, J.S. & Bird, A. (2000). Beyond sophisticated stereotyping: Cross-cultural sensemaking in context. Academy of Management Executive, 14: 1-12.


  1. Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J.S., Bird, A., Oddou, G.R., Maznevski, M.L., Stevens, M.J. & Stahl, G.K. (2017). Global leadership: Research, practice, development, 3rd Edition. London: Routledge.
  2. Higano, M. & Bird, A. [Eds]. (2009). 入門ビジネス・リーダーシップ [An Introduction to Business: Leadership]. Tokyo: Nippon Hyoronsha.
  3. Bird, A. [Ed.] (2002). The encyclopedia of Japanese business and management. London: Routledge.
  4. Beechler, S. & Bird, A. [Eds]. (1999). Japanese multinationals abroad: Individual and organizational learning. New York: Oxford University Press.