Prof. Dr. Norman S. Wright
Woodbury School of Business
Utah Valley University
Orem, Utah, USA
US based “Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business” (AACSB) provides internationally recognized and specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels across the world including Thailand. The AACSB Accreditation Standards challenge post-secondary educators to pursue excellence and continuous improvement throughout their business programs. AACSB Accreditation is known, worldwide, as the longest standing, most recognized form of specialized/professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn. As of today, only two Thai institutions ( National Institute of Development Administration the Graduate School of Business Administration and SASIN Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University have obtained AACSB accreditation successfully. A seasoned academic leader (Prof. Dr. Norman S. Wright) will present ideas, tips and thoughts on how a business school in an emerging country such as Thailand can obtain globally coveted AACSB accreditation successfully.
Biopic of Prof. Prof. Dr. Norman S. Wright
Prof. Dr. Norman Wright currently serves as the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a Ph.D. in Management from Wharton as well as an M.A. degree in Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wright also attended Brigham Young University where he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Prior to joining the Woodbury School of Business, , Dr. Wright was the Founding Dean of the College of Business at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also worked for the American University in Washington, D.C. as a consulting Dean for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at their affiliate University in Nigeria. He also served as a professor and academic administrator at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, the American University of Sharjah, and Brigham Young University Hawaii.
Prof. Dr. Wright has published many articles in significant business journals such as Organization Science, Cross Cultural Management, and the Journal of Management History. He served as the editor of the Journal of Microfinance for several years focusing on the role of finance and business in reducing poverty. While he is best recognized for his work in cross-cultural management, his research has also focused on entrepreneurship in developing markets. With his wife/business partner, Dr. Wright has engaged in entrepreneurial ventures with a recent focus in property investment and management in Hawaii. He is also an active trainer, consultant, and personal coach working with such diverse organizations as Dubai Municipality, HSBC, World Wildlife Fund, China Youth Travel Services, Valmont International, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Whether helping local chambers of commerce in Hawaii to strengthen their strategic planning, assisting Emirati leaders in Dubai to craft a 5 year municipal plan, supporting officials in developing entrepreneurship policy in Saudi Arabia, or serving on the Provo Energy Board, rendering service to his community has also been an important part of Dr. Wright’s career.