College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Melissa H. Birch

School of Business - Business
Associate Professor
Director of International Programs
Primary office:
785-864-7571
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3124
University of Kansas
1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601


Summary

Melissa H. Birch is an Associate Professor at the School of Business at the University of Kansas where she teaches courses on International Business, Business in Latin America, and Corporate Strategy. Her research focuses on the challenges of management in Latin America, and she has published in both the U.S. and Latin America on topics including public sector management, privatization, and regional integration. She is appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce as member of the MidAmerica District Export Council and serves on the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council, an advisory group to the Governor.

Birch was the recipient of the 2002 Provost's Award for Leadership in International Education and served as Director of KU's nationally designated Center for International Business Education and Research from 1999-2011. She was elected President of the Association of International Business Education and Research (AIBER), the association of all CIBERs, in 2005. Birch received a Fulbright lecturing/research grant to conduct research in Paraguay in 2004, where she taught in a new master's degree program in public and business administration at the Catholic University and collaborated on the development of curriculum for this program.

Birch came to KU after teaching at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia for over ten years. She has worked as a consultant for organizations including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, and KPMG Peat Marwick. She is past president of the Business Association of Latin American Studies, a member of the Latin American Studies Association's Task Force on Scholarly Relations with Paraguay, a Contributing Editor for Brazil to the Handbook of Latin American Studies, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Latin American Business Review. She holds a B.A in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from New College in Sarasota, Florida and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Teaching

Undergraduate courses: Business, Culture and Society in Latin America; Business in Latin America; Corporate Strategy; International Business

Graduate Courses: Business and the Political Economy I and II, Management Challenges of Developing Countries, Managing International Business, Global Business Economics (macroeconomics for business), International Business, Business in Latin America, Global Research Integrative Projects, Global Business Projects, Model OAS, MBA study abroad courses in Brazil and Mexico.

Designed undergraduate and graduate international business curricula, including a rigorous undergraduate international business certificate program (with a foundation in foreign language proficiency and area studies and a capstone study-abroad experience) and joint-degree graduate programs (MBA/MA) with Latin American, East Asian, and Russian and Eastern European Studies, as well as a dual-degree program with ESC-Clermont (France). Presented to the National Academy of Sciences on international business education. Provided committee testimony to the Kansas legislature on the impact of international business on the Kansas economy. Obtained almost $4 million in competitive Federal funding for international business program development. Actively participated in University efforts that were successful in attracting funding from private donors for international education initiatives.

Teaching Interests

  • International business
  • Latin America

Research Interests

  • International business strategy in Latin America
  • Trade and regional integration
  • Public sector management
  • Microfinance

Service

Associate Director, Center of Latin American Studies; Director, Center for International Business Education and Research; PI, Foreign Language and International Studies;

Selected Publications

Birch, M. H., & Smith, R. E. (2014). Economics: Brazil. In . & . (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 69, pp. 441-455). University of Texas Press.

Birch, M. H. (2014). Paraguay and Mercosur: The lesser of two evils? Latin American Business Review, 15(3-4), 269-290.

Nazareth, M. (2014). World Cup Soccer, AKA Football, AKA 'psychotherapy for the masses'. TVWorthWatching.com http://www.tvworthwatching.com/post/World-Cup-Soccer-aka-Football-aka-Psychotherapy-for-the-Masses.aspx

Birch, M. H. (2014). World Cup Watch: Strong Economic Links Between Brazil and the US. http://2paragraphs.com/2014/06/world-cup-watch-strong-economic-links-between-brazil-and-the-us/?se_id=

Kiernan, J. S. (2014). 2014 Fifa World Cup by the Numbers. Wallethub.com http://wallethub.com/blog/world-cup-by-the-numbers/4433

Birch, M. H. (2011). Comportamiento Economico-Politico 1940-2010: Un estudio por etapas. In F. Masi & D. Borda (Eds.), Estado y Economia en Paraguay, 1870-2010. Asuncion, Paraguay: CADEP.

Birch, M. H., & Ashwell, N. Q. (2011). Water Worth Gold: Itaipu and Regional Economic Development along the Paraguayan/Brazilian Border. In S. Brunn (Ed.), Engineering Earth: the Impacts of Mega-Engineering Projects. Klewer Press.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2010). Economics: Brazil . In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 65, pp. 169-184).

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2010). Economics: Brazil . In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 67).

Birch, M. H. (Ed.). (2010). Economics: Paraguay. In M. H. Birch (Ed.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 65, pp. 167-169).

Birch, M. H., Katz, J. & Torres, N. (2010). Growth and Technological Modernization. In A. Berry (Ed.), Losing Ground in the Employment Challenge: The Case of Paraguay (pp. 163-180). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Press.

Birch, M. H. (2010). Title VI and Global Competitiveness: Building International Business Education for the Twenty-First Century. In D. Wiley & R. Glew (Eds.), International and Language Education for a Global Future: Fifty Years of U.S. Title VI and Fulbright-Hayes (pp. 257-282). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Birch, M. H., & Morrison, J. (2009). Talking Global Business. Kansas City Small Business.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2008). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 63).

Birch, M. H. (Ed.). (2008). Economics: Paraguay. In M. H. Birch (Ed.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 63).

Birch, M. H., & Katz, J. (2007). Reflexiones sobre el crecimiento económico y la modernización tecnológica. In D. Borda (Ed.), Economía y Empleo en el Paraguay (pp. 119-161). Asunción, Paraguay: CADEP.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2006). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 61, pp. 216-233).

Birch, M. H. (2005). La agenda económica inconclusa: (Re) creando las bases para el desarrollo económico. In D. Abente & F. Masi (Eds.), Estado, Economía y Sociedad: Una Mirada Internacional a la Democracia Paraguaya (pp. 75-108). Asunción, Paraguay: CADEP.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2003). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 59, pp. 324-342).

Birch, M. H., & Halton, G. (2001). Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America: New Trends and Old Patterns. Latin American Business Review, 2(1/2), 13-31.

Birch, M. H. (2001). Review. [Review of Regulatory Policy in Latin America: Post-Privatization Realities, by Luigi Manzetti]. Latin American Politics and Society, 43(1), 143-146.

Birch, M. H., & Moss, A. H. (2000). The Case for Early and Sustained Engagement with the Americas: A Memorandum to the President-Elect and His Foreign Affairs/National Security Team. North-South Center at the University of Miami.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (2000). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 57, pp. 318-327).

Birch, M. H. & Haar, J. (Eds.). (2000). The Impact of Privatization in the Americas (M. H. Birch & J. Haar, Eds.). North-South Center Press at the University of Miami.

Birch, M. H. (2000). Mercosur: The Road to Economic Integration in the Southern Cone. International Journal of Public Administration, 23(5-8), 1387-1415.

Birch, M. H., & Xu, Z. (1999). Performance of State-Owned Enterprises in Argentina: An Empirical Assessment . Review of Industrial Organization, 355-375.

Birch, M. H., & Stoltenberg, C. (1999). Annual Survey of Kansas Manufacturers and Exporters.

Birch, M. H. (1998). Changes in Capital Flows: Comments. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 38(3), 385-389.

Birch, M. H., & Stoltenberg, C. (1998). Annual Survey of Kansas Manufacturers and Exporters.

Birch, M. H. & Smith, R. E. (Eds.). (1997). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch & R. E. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 55, pp. 290-306).

Birch, M. H. (1997). Privatization. In R. Edward Freeman & P. Werhane (Eds.), Encyclopedic Dictionary of Business Ethics (pp. 507-509). London: MacMillan Press.

Birch, M. H. (1997). Brazil and the New Republic (M. Eaker). Global Management.

Birch, M. H. (1996). Economic Policy and the Transition to Democracy in Paraguay. In G. McMahon (Ed.), The Political Economy of the Transition to Democracy in Latin America (pp. 166-190). London: MacMillan Press Ltd.

Birch, M. H. (1996). Itaipu Hydroelectric Project. In B. A. Tenenbaum (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Latin American History (pp. 306). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.

Birch, M. H., & Goddard, C. R. (1995). The International Monetary Fund: History and Organization. In C. Roe Goddard (Ed.), International Political Economy: Readings on States and Markets in the Global Economy (pp. 215-235). Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers.

Birch, M. H., Smith, R. E., & Welch, J. H. (Eds.). (1994). Economics: Brazil. In M. H. Birch, R. E. Smith, & J. H. Welch (Eds.), Handbook of Latin American Studies (Vol. 53, pp. 329-350).

Birch, M. H. & Baer, W. (Eds.). (1994). Privatization in Latin America: New Roles for the Public and Private Sectors (M. H. Birch & W. Baer, Eds.). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Birch, M. H., & Biersteker, T. J. (1993). The World Bank. In T. J. Biersteker (Ed.), Dealing with Debt: International Financial Negotiations and Adjustment Bargaining (pp. 37-60). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Birch, M. H., & Braga, C. P. (1993). Regulation in Latin America: Prospects for the 1990s. Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 33(Special Issue on Privatization, Property Rights and Deregulation in Latin America), 119-134.

Birch, M. H. (1993). Industrial Policy and the Brazilian Informatics Industry.

Birch, M. H., & Baer, W. (1992). Privatization and the Changing Role of the State in Latin America. Journal of International Law and Politics, 25(1), 1-25.

Birch, M. H. (1992). Pendulum Politics: Paraguayan Economic Diplomacy, 1940-75. In L. Herzog (Ed.), Changing Boundaries of the Americas (pp. 203-228). University of California at San Diego Press.

Birch, M. H., & Baer, W. (1992). La privatización y el rol cambiante del Estado en America Latina. Revista Paraguaya de Sociología, 29(85), 7-28.

Birch, M. H. (1991). Changing Patterns of Foreign Investment in Latin America. Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, 31(3), 141-158.

Birch, M. H. (1991). Corning Brasil.

Birch, M. H., & Davis, E. W. (1991). Southwest Telephone Corporation.

Birch, M. H. (1990). Economic Performance of Public Enterprises in Latin America: Lessons from Argentina and Brazil. In W. Baer & D. Coes (Eds.), The United States and the Latin American Economies in the 1980s (pp. 97-119). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Birch, M. H. (1989). Jaime Ongpin.

Birch, M. H. (1988). Institution Building: Multilateral Development Banks and State-Owned Enterprises. World Development, 17(2), 255-270.

Birch, M. H. (1987). Concluding Comments. In W. Baer & J. F. Due (Eds.), Brazil and the Ivory Coast: the Impact of International Lending Investment and Aid. JAI Press.

Birch, M. H., & Baer, W. (1987). The International Economic Relations of a Small Country: The Case of Paraguay. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 35(3), 601-628.

Birch, M. H. (1986). Samba di Stati. Il Sole 24 Ore. Milan.

Birch, M. H. (1985). Economic Stabilization in Democratic Argentina.

Birch, M. H., & Due, J. F. (1985). The Retail Sales Tax of Paraguay. Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation, 39(3), 103-107.

Birch, M. H., & Baer, W. (1984). La Posición económica externa del Paraguay. In . (Ed.), Economía del Paraguay Contemporáneo (Vol. II, pp. 453-513). Asunción, Paraguay: Centro Paraguayo de Estudios Sociológicos.

Birch, M. H., & Baer, W. (1984). Expansion of the Economic Frontier: Paraguayan Growth in the 1970s. World Development, 12(8), 783-798.

Birch, M. H. (1981). Review. [Review of The Good Neighbor Policy and Authoritarianism in Paraguay, by Michael Grow]. Revista Paraguaya de Sociologia, 18(52)


 
 
 






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