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David Detomasi

Adjunct Associate Professor & Distinguished Faculty Fellow of International Business

Overview

Dr. Detomasi is an associate professor of international business at the Smith School of Business, and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow In International Business. He completed his PhD from the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in 1999, specializing in international political economy. He also holds a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Executive Program on the Global Financial System from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 

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  • International Business

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Dr. Detomasi is an associate professor of international business at the Smith School of Business, and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow In International Business. He completed his PhD from the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in 1999, specializing in international political economy. He also holds a Master of Arts in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University, and is a graduate of the Executive Program on the Global Financial System from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. 

Dr. Detomasi's research interests include globalization, geopolitics, and corporate and non-profit governance. His book, Profits, Power and Petroleum: Navigating the Economics, Politics, and Geopolitics of Oil, will be published by the University of Toronto Press in 2022.

He teaches courses on strategy, governance, and the geopolitics of global competition in undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs at the Smith School of Business and has taught programs in Canada, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. He has served as Academic Director for Global Business, Queen’s Executive Development Centre. He as has also served for a five-year term as academic director for the Fundamentals of Governance Program, Queen’s Executive Development Centre, and has served as Vice-Chair of the Queen’s University Senate.   

His scholarly research has appeared in such journals as Journal of Business Ethics, International Studies Review, Global Governance, Defence Analysis, and the Canadian Review of American Studies, and he has authored numerous teaching cases and practitioner notes. Dr. Detomasi is also a regular contributor to the media: recent interviews he has given and opinion pieces he has written have appeared in The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, and on CBC’s Cross Country Checkup, and has contributed opinion pieces on the global economy to The Globe and Mail and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.   

In the private sector, Dr. Detomasi has consulted on global business practices, competitiveness, strategy, and governance issues with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the World Economic Forum. Other previous clients have included the International Association of Plastic Distributors, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) of Alberta, Nexen, Inc., the Ontario Public Service, the Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation, the Mortgage Investment Corporation of Eastern Ontario, the Mubadala Investment Group (Abu Dhabi)  the Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington County Public Health Unit, TransX Group of Companies, RoyalBuilding Products Inc., the Provincial Valuation Services Corporation of Nova Scotia, and PowerStream Inc, The Calgary Stampede, and numerous other clients.

Dr. Detomasi resides in Kingston, is married, and has three children. 

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. International Relations 
Queen's University (1999)

Master of Arts, War Studies
Royal Military College (1994)

Bachelor of Arts
Queen's University (1992)

Academic Experience

Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
Associate Professor (Adjunct) (2017 - Present)
Distinguished Faculty Fellow In International Business (2017 - Present)
Assistant Professor (Continuing Adjunct) (2007 - 2016)
Assistant Professor (Adjunct) (2000 - 2007)

Publications

Book Manuscript

“Profits, Power, and Petroleum: Navigating the Economics, Politics, and Geopolitics of Oil”, In Press, University of Toronto Press (Slated for publication Spring/Summer 2022).

Refereed Journal Articles

David Detomasi, “The Multinational Corporation As A Political Actor: “Varieties of Capitalism” Revisited”, Journal of Business Ethics, March 2014.

David Detomasi, “The Political Roots of Corporate Social Responsibility”, Journal of Business Ethics, 2008, 82 pp. 807-819.

David Detomasi, “Global Governance and the Multinational Corporation: Modeling Global Public Policy Networks” Journal of Business Ethics, 71(3), March 2007, pp. 321-334.

David Detomasi, “International Regimes: The Case of Western Corporate Governance”, International Studies Review 8(2), June 2006, pp. 225-252.

David Detomasi, “International Institutions and the Case of Corporate Governance: Towards A Distributive Governance Framework?” Global Governance, 8 (2002), pp. 421-442

David Detomasi, “The New Public Management and Defense Departments: The Case of Canada, Defense Analysis, 18(1), 2002, pp. 51-73.

David Detomasi, “Reengineering the Canadian Department of National Defense: Management and Command in the 1990s”, Defense Analysis, 12(3),1996, pp. 327-346

Joel Sokolsky and David Detomasi, “Canadian Defense Policy and the Future of Canada-United States Security Relations”, The American Review of Canadian Studies, 24(4), 1994, pp. 537-559.

Research Under Development: Journal Articles

“Corporate Social Responsibility, Populism, and the Return of the State”, Manuscript in Development, Targeted for Journal of Business Ethics, Fall 2021.

 “Re-Conceptualizing The Psychology of Oil Security In An Era of Oil Plenty”, Fall 2021, Targeted Journal of International Affairs.

 

Other Publications: Book Reviews

David Detomasi, “The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance on Globalizing: Strategies for Building Successful Global Businesses”, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 34(2), 2006, pp. 265-266.

David Detomasi, “Mapping the Governance Terrain: Review of “Governance: Key Concepts”, International Studies Review, 8(1), 2006, 101-103.

David Detomasi, “Value-Based Knowledge Management”, Journal of Global Information Management, July 2000.

In the Media

I have completed dozens of media contributions in print, radio and televisions.  A partial list of those occurring between 2012-2021 include:

 

Teaching

Teaching and Pedagogical Materials: (Degreed Teaching)

Courses Taught At Regular Degreed Programs at Smith School of Business

  • Commerce 375: International Business and Non-Market Strategy
  • Master of Global Management 801: Business in the Global Economy
  • MBAs 854: Global Business Strategy
  • MBAs 881: International Business: Global Business Strategy and Geopolitics
  • Commerce 398: Business, Government, and the Global Economy
  • Commerce 401: Business Policy (4th year required core strategy course)
  • Commerce 374: International Business Strategy
  • Commerce 308: Canadian Business History
  • Commerce 306: Public Sector Management (Course Developed and Pioneered at Queens).
  • Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF): World Markets and International Business (Course delivered bi-annually for the past 7 years)
  • Sessions on Global Business/Corporate Social Responsibility for Queen’s Executive MBA program.
  • Directed Reading Course In Smith School of Business PhD program (for Terry Beckman)
  • Approximately 15 Commerce 501 independent study courses in the Smith Commerce Program

Non-SSB Degreed teaching for Other Queens Programs

  • Queen’s, Department of Engineering, Masters of Earth and Environmental Leadership Program, 802, Corporate Strategy.
  • Queen’s, School of Policy Studies, MPA 868, “Business, Government, and the Global Economy”, Taught In Alternate Years 2015-2018
  • Queen’s, School of Policy Studies, “Defence Policy and Management”, Spring 2002
  • Master of Defence Management, “Canadian Defence Policy” Online Course Developed and delivered 2000-2007 for the Royal Military College of Canada

Pedagogy and Written Materials: Case Studies

  • David Detomasi, The Financial Crises and Export Development Canada, Business Case Study, School of Business, Queen’s University. Completed with support from the CICA/Queen’s Center for Governance.  (Under Development)
  • David Detomasi, Seeing the Value: Corporate Social Responsibility At Nexen, Business Case Study, School of Business, Queen’s University.  Case #1-L06-004
  • David Detomasi, Canadian Strategy for Competitiveness. Business Case Study, School of Business, Queen’s University.  Case # 9-R00-001. 2002
  • David Detomasi, Why Do Business In Russia? Business Case Study: School of Business, Queen’s University. Case #9-L00-9-001. 2001.
  • David Detomasi, The Strategic Cultivation of Success: Warner-Lambert and the Global Pharmaceutical Industry, Business Case Study, School of Business, Queen’s University, 5-L997-001: 1999.
  • David Detomasi, Somalia: A Study of the Canadian Decision to Participate in Operation Deliverance Case Study, Royal Military College of Canada, National Securities Studies Course, 1995.

Executive Education Contributions

  1. Have over the past decade delivered over 125 Executive Education Programs in Canada, the Middle East, and Europe.
  2. Academic Director, Queen’s Governance Executive Program 2005-2012.  Responsible for Academic Design of program and recruiting/retention of appropriate faculty.
  3. Lecturer For Smith Open Enrollment Executive Programs: Executive Program, Public Executive Program, Governance Program Finance for Non-Financial Managers Program, Queen’s Strategy Program
  4. Queen’s Custom Executive Programs: Delivered Programs for Mubadala Investment Group (Abu Dhabi), Alberta Resources Conservation Board, York Municipality, Financial Executives International, Board of Directors of the Calgary Stampede, numerous other clients

Professional Development Courses              

  • Summer 2021: Harvard Business School, “Self and Identity In the Physical, Remote, and Online Classroom, August 19-20 2021.
  • Fall 2019: Institute for Corporate Directors, Boardroom Financial Essentials, Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Spring 2006:  Media Training, School of Business, Queen’s University.
  • Summer 2002: The Global Financial System: Structure, Crises, and Reform, Executive Programs John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Spring 2000, Case Teaching Course, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
  • Fall 2000, The Executive Technique Professional Course in Public Speaking/Presenting, Chicago, Illinois.

Student Supervision: Undergraduate Senior Research Projects

  • Konner Kee-Fung, Commerce 501 Project, 2017
  • David Chan, Commerce 501 Project, 2017
  • Colin Harding, Commerce 501, 2017
  • Filip Susic, Commerce 501, 2018
  • Julia Di Spirito, Commerce 501, 2018
  • Arulmani Charan, Commerce 501, 2019
  • James Edwardson, Commerce 501, 2019

Research

Interests

International Political Economy, Corporate and Non-Profit Governance, Business and Society, Geopolitics of Global Business

Presentations

Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations

David Detomasi, “Business-Government Relations and Global Governance In the Global Oil Industry”, paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec, March 2011.

David Detomasi and A. Scott Carson, “Home Country Experience and CSR: The Case of the Canadian Oil and Gas Industry”, International Association of Business and Society, Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, March 26 2010.

David Detomasi, “The Political Roots of Corporate Social Responsibility”, International Association of Business and Society, Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy, June 1 2007.

David Detomasi “The Evolution of Corporate Values: Anthony Athos Twenty-Five Later”, Conference of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, Montreal, May 1996.

David Detomasi “The Political Economy of Corporate Governance” Poster Presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science, Association, August 2002.

David Detomasi “Managing Public Sector Reform: The Case of the Canadian Department of National Defense”, Annual Meeting of Canadian Political Science Association, Spring 2002.

David Detomasi, “Epistemic Communities, Regime Theory, and the Case of Corporate Governance Convergence”, Academy of International Business, Monterrey, Summer 2003.  

David Detomasi, “Regime Theory and The Case of Corporate Governance Convergence”, Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Quebec, 2004.

David Detomasi, “Corporate Social Responsibility: A Response To Political Failure?”, Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2005. 

Awards

Teaching Awards

Recipient, Smith School of Business Teaching Fellowship, 2017-2020.

Nominee, Frank Knox Undergraduate Teaching Award, Fall Term 2015

Nominee, Outstanding Teaching Award, Queen’s Full-Time MBA, 2006-2013

Nominee, Queen’s Commerce Outstanding Teaching Award 2003-2004

Nominee, Queen’s Commerce’89 Student Life Award, 2003-2004

Nominee, Queen’s Commerce Outstanding Teaching Award, 2002-2003

Grants & Funding

Research award: $900, D.I. McLeod Research Fund (with Scott A. Carson)

D.I. Mcleod Fellowship Research Award, School of Business (Summer 2006)

Recipient, D.I. Macleod Scholarship, Queen’s School of Business Summer 2003

Service

Reviewer Experience

Served as ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Business Ethics, California Management Review, Journal of Business and Society, Business and Politics, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, Columbia Journal of World Business.

Additional Service Activities

  • Program Director, Professional Masters of Public Administration, Queen’s School of Policy Studies, July 2021-Present
  • Member, Principal’s Working Group, “Internationalization at Queen’s”, Summer 2021
  • Smith School of Business, Faculty Board Secretary, Fall 2020-Present
  • Delivered a Board Training Workshop, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington United Way, February 2020
  • Academic Director, Queen’s School of Policy Studies, 2019-Present
  • Vice Chair, Queen’s University Senate, 2019-2021
  • Chair, Senate Agenda and Summer Action Committee, 2019-2021
  • Chair, Senate Governance and Nominating Committee, 2018-2019
  • Co-Chair, Ad Hoc Senate Committee charged with reviewing SOARB
  • Member, Senate Governance and Nominating Committee, 2017-2019
  • Member, Queen’s School of Business Undergraduate Committee, 2013-2016
  • Member, Queen’s University, Campus Planning Advisory Committee, 2013-2016
  • Organized Visit To Queen’s of the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Spring 2015
  • Member, Queen’s University Planning Committee, Serving Three-Year Term Starting 2013
  • Member, Master of International Business Program Committee, 2013-Present
  • Queen’s University Faculty Association Representative for QSB (served since the summer of 2011).
  • Member, Queen’s University Senate, 2010-2013
  • Consultant, Queen’s Board of Trustees, Governance Reform Efforts (2010-2012)
  • Delivery of two lectures for Kingston Later-Life Learning Society
  • Assistant Director, Queen’s Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (2004-2006).
  • Member, Design Committee, Queen’s Executive Program on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Member, Queen’s School of Business Committee on Doctorate of Business Administration (2004)
  • Co-coach (with Peter Richardson) of ICBC strategy team that won national competition (2003)
  • Member, Queen’s Undergraduate Program Review Committee (2002-2004)
  • Presenter, Ottawa Association of Business Economists, March 25, 2004
  • Presenter, 1st Queen’s Student Conference on Social Responsibility
  • External Examiner, MA Thesis, Royal Military College of Canada, Fall 2001
  • Assistant Director: Queen’s Far Horizons Business Conference, Winter 2001
  • Chair, Opening Session, Business and Third Sector Reform, Queen’s School of Policy Studies, 2001.
  • Presenter, Queen’s Center for Enterprise Development, Breaking Through Barriers: Internationalizations and Canadian High Growth Companies, (October 2002)
  • 2001-2002 – Assistant Director, International Business Queen’s Executive MBA programs.
  • 2000 PhD internal/external examiner, Queen’s University.

Professional Associations

  • Academy of International Business
  • International Studies Association
  • Academy of Management

Community and Volunteer Activity

  • Volunteer, Martha’s Table, Kingston Spring 2021-Present)
  • Volunteer, Food Program, Kingston LionHearts (February 2021-Present)
  • Member, Community Investment Review Panel, Kingston United Way, 2021
  • Coach, Kingston Thunder PeeWee Major Competitive Baseball, Summer 2016
  • Coach, Kingston Church League Hockey, Winter 2009-Winter 2015.
  • Lecturer, Kingston Later Life Learning, Fall 2009
  • Lecturer, Frontenac Community Economic Organization, Winter 2010
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kingston Branch, Canadian Mental Health Association 2000-2002.