David Thomas

 David  Thomas


BSc, Appalachian State University, MBA, University of North Carolina PhD Business Administration, (International Business and Organizational Behaviour Focus), Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

Office: BEC 470


  • International management
  • Cross-cultural decision making
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Multicultural teams
  • Cross-cultural leadership
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Multiculturalism

David C. Thomas (PhD University of South Carolina) is a Professor in the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria and Professor Emeritus of International Management at Simon Fraser University.

He is the author of more than a dozen books including (with Kerr Inkson) the bestselling Cultural Intelligence, Berrett-Koehler Publishers. His book Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts (Sage Publications) was the winner of the R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development book of the year award for 2008. His most recent book (with Yuan Liao) Cultural Intelligence in the World of Work: Past, Present, Future (Springer International AG, 2020) is a comprehensive review of the literature on cultural intelligence. In addition, he has edited (with Peter B. Smith and Mark Peterson) The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from Sage Publications. His research on cross-cultural interactions in organizational settings has appeared in the leading journals in the field. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.

Dr. Thomas’ previous academic postings have included positions at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales, the Pennsylvania State University and The University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he was also Director of the Master of International Business Program. He has held visiting positions at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hawaii, Massey University, New Zealand, and ESCEM, Tours, France. In addition to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, Dr. Thomas has consulted on cultural diversity issues with numerous organizations including: Tech Resources, Rio Tinto Group, Sun Microsystems, the Canadian Police College, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Correctional Service Canada.


Thomas, D. C. & Inkson, K. (2020). Cross cultural management: An Introduction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Liao, Y. & Thomas, D.C. (2020). Cultural Intelligence in the world of work: Past, present, future. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International AG

Journal Publications

Martin, L., Shao, B., & Thomas, D. C. (2019). The role of early immersive culture mixing in cultural identification of multiculturals. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022119830522

Fitzsimmons, S. R., Liao, Y., & Thomas, D. C. (2017). From crossing cultures to straddling them: An empirical examination of outcomes for multicultural employees. Journal of International Business Studies, 1(48), 63–89. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41267-016-0053-9

Thomas, D. C. (2017). Measuring cultural intelligence: Implications and opportunities. Rutgers Business Review, 2(20), 205–211.

Pekerti, A. A., & Thomas, D. C. (2016). Modeling the multicultural identity. Cross-Cultural and Strategic Management, 1(23), 101–127.

Thomas, D. C., Ravlin, E. C., Liao, Y., Morrell, D. L., & Au, K. Y. (2016). Collectivist values, exchange ideology and psychological contract preference. Management International Review, 2(56), 255–281. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11575-015-0275-2

Zellmer-Braun, M., Caligiuri, P., & Thomas, D. C. (2016). Experimental designs in international business research. Journal of International Business Studies, (47), 399–407.

Thomas, D. C., Liao, Y., Ayçan, Z., Cerdin, J.-L., Pekerti, A. A., Ravlin, E. C., … van de Vijver, F. (2015). Cultural intelligence: A theory-based, short form measure. Journal of International Business Studies, 9(46), 1099–1118. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2014.67

Pekerti, A. A., & Thomas, D. C. (2015). The role of self-concept in cross-cultural communication. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 2(15), 167–193. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470595814564767

Cheng, J. L. C., Birkinshaw, J., Lessard, D. R., & Thomas, D. C. (2014). Advancing interdisciplinary research: Insights from the JIBS special issue. Journal of International Business Studies, (45), 643–648. https://doi.org/10.1057/jibs.2014.34

Pekerti, A. A., Moeller, T. M., Thomas, D. C., & Napier, N. K. (2014). n-Culturals, the next cross cultural challenge: Introducing a multicultural mentoring model. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, 1(15), 5–25. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470595814559532

Ravlin, E. C., Ward, A.-K., & Thomas, D. C. (2014). Exchanging social information across cultural boundaries. Journal of Management, (40), 1437–1465. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206314531623

Thomas, D. C., & Caligiuri, P. (2013). How to write a high quality review. Journal of International Business Studies, (44), 547–553.