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Carol Sanchez

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Professor & Director, International Business Programs

3065 L. William Seidman Center




Carol Sanchez, Full Professor in Management, teaches courses in international management and strategic management to graduate and undergraduate students. She earned her doctorate in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She was instrumental in creating the International Business major and minor at GVSU in the late 1990s. She implements and coordinates international business programs, and creates initiatives to promote an active international business agenda in education, research, and service for the Seidman College of Business. Sanchez' teaching and research focus on international management, international business education, the effects of social variables on managerial actions, and top management teams, and she has published in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Strategies, and Research in Corporate Social Performance, among others. Before her academic career, Sanchez worked for 13 years in five Latin American countries as Director of Overseas Programs for a US international development agency. She has won four competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and numerous State Department and USAID grants. She has taught international and strategic management in Chile, France, Mexico, and Spain. She has consulted with business organizations in Honduras and Thailand, and she has lectured on global strategic management to executive groups in Mexico, Poland, and Sarajevo. She serves on for-profit and not-for profit boards, and she is active in other local business organizations She is bilingual in Spanish and her native English.


  • DBA, Strategic Management/Organizational Theory, Southern Illinois University. (1995).
  • BIS, Latin American Studies, School for International Training. (1976).

Teaching Areas

Teaching Areas 

  • Strategic Management
  • International Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Research Interests

  • Strategy and Structure of International Firms
  • International Business Education
  • Organizations in Emerging Economies
  • Women in Leadership


  • Sanchez, C. (2017). Case Study: Grand Valley State University (USA) and Universidad del Bío Bío (Chile). In Saroj Siegler Quinn (Ed.), NAFSA’s Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education. Washington, DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators. www.nafsa.org
  • Sanchez, C., Pope, J. A., Lehnert, K., Schmid, A. (2014). Why do Gen Y students study abroad? Journal of Teaching in International Business, 25(2), 97-118. http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wtib20/current
  • Sanchez, C., Schmid, A. (2013). Success at the Base of the Pyramid:  A Relational View of Competitive Advantage. South Asian Journal of Global Business Research, 2(1), 59-81. www.emeraldinsight.com/sajgbr.htm
  • Schmid, A., Sanchez, C., Goldberg, S. R. (2014). 2014 M&A Update. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, 2014(Jan-Feb), 3-10.


  • Director, Seidman College of Business International Business Program.
  • Chair, Seidman College of Business International Business Education Committee.
  • Executive Director, Seidman International Business Advisory Board.
  • Member, GVSU “Global GV” international education initiative.

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