John M Kline




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Dr. John M. Kline is a Professor of International Business Diplomacy in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is a past Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and the Karl F. Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. His teaching focuses on international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics.

The second edition of Dr. Kline's textbook, Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy, was released by Routledge in London and New York in May, 2010. A Chinese translation of the textbook was published by China Renmin University Press in September, 2013. During the Spring 2014 semester Dr. Kline taught a course on "Governments and Global Business: Decision Making in Ethical Dilemmas" at Fudan University in Shanghai, China where he was a Visiting Scholar at the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies. He will return to Fudan in the Fall 2015 semester to teach a course in "Global Management Ethics" in a new International Public Policy Masters Program. Dr. Kline is the author of three other books as well as numerous scholarly articles and chapters in co-authored and edited books.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr. Kline was Director of International Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. He received his doctorate in political science from The George Washington University and holds a masters degree in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Dr. Kline serves as a consultant to various international organizations and private multinational corporations. Recent projects include the development of a method governments can use to evaluate foreign direct investment proposals on sustainable economic, environmental, social and governance criteria.

Dr. Kline and Dr. Ed Soule are conducting research on an apparel factory in the Dominican Republic that pays workers a “living wage” while fully respecting freedom of association and other labor rights. A third Research Report on the project was released in August 2014 that assesses the factory’s impact on workers, families and the local community as well as its challenge to traditional assumptions that overseas “sweatshops” are economically unavoidable. Past reports are accessible for download at a link provided in the Publications section.