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Professor James Terence Coulter Wright

James Terence Coulter Wright, MSc., Ph.D. earned his BSc. in Civil Engineering at the Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil, and his MSc. in Engineering Management at Vanderbilt University, USA. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of São Paulo with research completed in the area of computer-aided group decision making.
James became Professor of Business Policy at the School of Economics, Administration, and Accounting, of the University of São Paulo in 1982, and is currently the Faculty Research Coordinator for the Business School. He teaches courses in the areas of Business Policy and Managerial Economics, Project Feasibility Analysis, Technology Forecasting, and Technology Transfer. In 1992, he created the International Executive MBA program of the University of São Paulo, the top ranked Executive MBA program in Brazil, which he directs to date.
He has served for 8 years as a Director of the Institute of Administration Foundation, a nonprofit foundation associated with the Business Administration School of the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP), and currently heads its Future Studies Program, founded in 1980.
James has professional business experience in industrial project management in both Brazil and Africa, and has done extensive consulting work in Brazil for both domestic and international companies, trade associations, research institutes, federal and state governments, and the World Bank. Energy, transportation, information technology, financial services, research priorities, regional planning, and environmental studies are some of the areas he has consulted on.
Research interests include technology and business forecasting, strategic planning, cognitive mapping, and computer-aided group decision, with articles published both in Brazil and overseas. He serves on the Board of Directors of several international institutions, academic organizations, and companies.
His prizes and awards include Teaching Quality awards at FEA-USP in the Undergraduate Program in Business Administration, the Didactic Excellence award in the MBA Program (2002), and First Place in Teaching Performance in the Graduate Program (2003). He won the prestigious Jabuti Prize 2000 as coauthor of the book “Impacto Agroambiental” (Agro-environmental Impacts), and the Thomas Kunh Gold Medal awarded by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection and the International Academy of Science, for his contribution to the Floram Project, 1992–1995.
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