Robert Spich

Senior Lecturer

Phone: (310) 206-6461

Fax: (310) 825-4011


Dr. Robert S. Spich is a senior lecturer of the Global Economics and Management department at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has taught courses in international management, emerging markets, negotiations, organization design and social-cultural issues in global business. He has been an active regular faculty advisor for field study teams in all three of the Anderson MBA programs (AMR,GAP, SMR) for over 20 years. Presently he is a faculty member in the GEMBA Latin America.

Following the completion of his BA degree in international relations, Dr. Spich served in the Peace Corps in Chile and later at the Agency for International Development (AID) in Washington D.C., where his responsibilities concerned programs in economic development and technical assistance. After completing both his MBA and Ph.D. programs at the University of Washington, Dr. Spich received several research and teaching fellowships to Latin America from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University and the Fulbright Scholars Program.

In addition to his work as a professor at the Anderson School, Dr. Spich has developed and taught a variety of innovative courses in other institutional programs. In partnership with the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the UC San Diego, Dr. Spich received a one-hundred thousand dollar ($100k) grant from ALO/USAID to develop and co-teach a tri-university, international web based simulation course entitled, ?International Business Simulation: Training for Public and Private Sector Officials in Peru?. He developed and taught one of the first on-line web courses in negotiations for the international management program of the University of San Diego. He was a founding faculty member of the Principals Leadership Institute (PLI) at the UCLA School of Education. This was a program of training for teachers with plans to work in school administration. In that program he taught a course, ?Principal as General Manager? for over ten years. Working with the Global Windows Partners and Professor Kleingartner at UCLA, Dr. Spich authored two web-based modular strategic management training courses. Lastly he has developed and taught special sessions in topics on the strategy of ?Going International?, IB negotiations, cross cultural relations and conflict, M&A negotiations, globalization challenge, sustainability strategies in emerging countries and ?Doing Business in the U.S.? for executive MBA programs and seminars at UCLA, University of Washington, the University of Victoria, the American Business School in Prague, the Government of New Zealand and the executive extension programs at UC Berkley and UCLA. Given his extensive Latin American experience, he has been regularly invited to lecture in executive programs at universities such as the PUC and UAI in Chile, ESAN in Peru, INCAE in Costa Rica, and others in Mexico and Argentina.

With regard to the administration of programs, Dr. Spich, as a senior administrator, has been named Faculty Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at UCLA Anderson. He has been working with this program since its inception in 1994. CIBER is a 4 year, competitive Federal grant program from the Department of Education (DOE) designed to facilitate the internationalization of business education via programs in curriculum development, IB research and public outreach programs. Some of the accomplishments of this grant under his leadership include the following programs: International Management Fellows Program; the International Management Seminars (IMS) programs which bring foreign Executive MBA students for a week of classes and field visits to UCLA, (this program was self-sustaining and earned a half million dollar surplus over the ten years of its activities, the monies of which have been used to support the launching of the new Anderson Center for Global Management (CGM); the Advanced International Management Program (AIM) which allows MBA students to internationalize their degree with work experience abroad, research projects and coursework; the Social Issues in International Business Film Series; the Global Green Business Week for high school students, which teaches sustainability management issues (also a self sustaining program that has earned a consistent surplus (profit) over the last 5 years); an on-going honors course (6 years) for UCLA undergraduates on Terrorism/Counterterrorism (co-develop with Professors Mike Intriligator and Peter Katona); development, vetting and financial support for Pro Social field studies (eg microfinance, sustainability management, health) for non profit and public entities in AMR and SMR programs; research and program support for UCLA Sustainability Program; co-sponsorship and financial support for public speaker programs and region focused seminars with the various regional centers of the International Institute of UCLA ( Burkle Center, UCLA Forecast, CEES, Latin American Institute, African Studies Program) and the Anderson IS Associates , a monthly business forum on IT technology for senior executives in information systems. In addition CIBER partnered with the UCLA Law School to develop and run an international conference (with a published book) on intellectual property law with a focus on emerging country issues and perspectives.

Apart from intra-university activities, Dr. Robert Spich has been instrumental in two major outreach programs to the business and diplomatic communities. He co-founded and financially supported, in partnership with the USC CIBER, the Asia Society and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (see ) . This is a cooperative network of organizations, institutions and professional interested in the design of sustainable cities. In a second outreach program, Dr. Spich has worked with the Brookings Institution of Washington D.C, the Los Angeles Chamber and the Mayor?s Office of Los Angeles to develop the Los Angeles Regional Export Council (See ) Dr. Spich is a founding member of the LARExC organization and a member of the Board.

As a consultant and trainer, Dr. Spich has worked with such companies as Hughes Space and Communications, Northrop-Grumman, ENEL of Italy, CCMC of Chile, Amgen, Akzo-Nobel, Disney, Isabella Fiore, Sierra Systems and the Getty Conservation Institute of the Getty Museum. He is also an invited reviewer of entrepreneurial proposals for state funding for the CalTIP Program of the California Technology and Trade Agency.

Finally, as an academic Dr. Spich continues to write and publish reviews, chapters, articles and business press pieces on various aspects of international management, trade and globalization.


Ph.D. International Business, University of Washington
MBA Business, University of Washington
B.A. Industrial Relations, Lafayette College


Globalization, Cross-Cultural Issues, Management of Cultural Organizations

Working Papers

Robert Grosse and Robert Spich. (October 2009). "Terrorism and International Business: The Case of Banking."

 Robert Spich. (April 2011). "SGGI Proposal for Trade Consortium in the Southland."