Shih-Fen Chen

Kaiser Professor, Director of Center for International Business


Shih-Fen Chen is currently the Kaiser Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business at Western Washington University

Shih-Fen was born and raised in Taiwan. After finishing his college, he worked for four years and decided to pursue an MBA at Michigan State University. With this new degree, he returned to Taiwan and continued to work in various executive capacities for over six years. In 1991, Shih-Fen quit his business job to pursue an academic career.

Shih-Fen obtained his Ph.D. in International Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. His research interests include outsourcing, licensing, and foreign direct investment. His work has been published in Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Retailing, Strategic Management Journal, among others.

Prior to moving to Western Washington University, Shih-Fen was a tenured full professor at Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario (2006-2018). He was also on the faculty of Brandeis University (1999-2006) and Kansas State University (1997-1999). His teaching areas include Global Strategy, Global Marketing, and Global Value Chain.

Shih-Fen is a case method tutor, with 20 years of case teaching and case writing experience. Up to now, he has conducted 70 training workshops in Asia, attracting over 7,000 professors from leading business schools in Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Shih-Fen and his wife now live in Bellingham, Washington.