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Professor Peter Smith Ring

Man Icon Peter Smith Ring has been a faculty member at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. since August 1990, and Professor of Strategic Management since 1994. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Management at the Curtis Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from 1984-1990. In 1986 Professor Ring received his PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Professor Ring's formal education also includes a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; a law degree from Georgetown University's Law Centre, and a BA (cum laude) from St. Anselm College Manchester, N.H. In addition, he was a Ford Foundation Legal Advisor Fellow at Northwestern University's School of Law, Chicago, IL, from 1966-1968.
Professor Ring has served on one or more occasions as a visiting professor and/or research scholar at IESE in Barcelona, INSEAD in Fountainebleau, Nanyang Business School (where he was also a Fullbright Scholar in 2002), with the Faculty of the Universite de Paris IX - Duaphine, the University of Bologna, Bocconi in Milan, the University of Catania and with the Peter Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate School. In May 2005 he taught strategic management in the Executive MBA program at Chinese European International Business School in Shanghai.
His research focuses on networks and strategic alliances, the processes for managing strategic alliances, the role of trust in inter-organizational relationships, strategies for managing competitive and political environments, and public sector - private sector collaboration. Professor Ring's research has been published in Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, California Management Review, Policy Sciences, Journal of Management Studies, European Management Journal, European Management Review, Administration and Society, and Public Administration Review, as well as in a number of chapters in research monographs. He is co- editedThe Oxford Handbook on Inter-organizational Relationships (with Chris Huxham, Mark Ebers and Steve Cropper) that was published in June of 2008 by Oxford University Press. In October of 2008 he and his co-author Andy Van de Ven were awarded the Dan and Mary Lou Schendel Best SMJ paper Award from the Strategic Management Society for their 1992 paper: “Structuring Cooperative Relationships Between Organizations.” He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Strategic Management Journal and the California Management Review.
Professor Ring has consulted on human resources, finances, strategic planning, executive development and ethics at the local state and federal levels of government, and for a number of international business and professional services firms. Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor Ring's professional experience included tenure as Legal Advisor to the Police Department of San Jose, CA. From 1970 through 1975 he was employed by the City's Bureau of the Budget (responsible for 3.2 billion dollars of resources), Special Assistant to the Chief of Personnel for the New York City Police Department, Assistant Director of Police Personnel and finally, as Assistant Director of the Budget and Planning Task Force in the Office of the Mayor. In September of 1975 he began a four-year project revising the Penal Code of the State of Alaska. Professor Ring served as Director of Research for the Project and was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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