Robert J. Weiner

Robert Weiner
Program Director, Master of Science in International Business; Professor of International Business; Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration; Professor of Public Administration
International Business
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Robert J. Weiner is the director of the Master of Science in International Business program and a professor of international business, public policy & public administration, and international affairs at the George Washington University School of Business, Washington D.C. He serves concurrently as deputy director of the Master of Science in Government Contracts, a joint program of the GW Schools of Business and Law. He is a faculty director of the Business School’s Center for International Business Education and Research, and an affiliate of the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for International Economic Policy, Institute for Middle East Studies, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and Sigur Center for Asian Studies. He is also senior advisor to the Brattle Group.

Prof. Weiner’s research interests and projects focus on energy security, including resource nationalism & political risk, oil & corruption, petroleum fiscal vulnerability, dynamics of energy crises, foreign investment in the Russian petroleum industry, oil speculation and market turbulence, and privatization & the behavior of state-owned enterprises in the world petroleum market. Current projects include examination of the UN Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq, and resource acquisitions by Chinese and Indian state oil companies

Prof. Weiner served as chairman of the GW Department of International Business 2001-2005 and 2013-2016, building its research-oriented faculty and national ranking, and was the 2005-2006 Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future. During 1997-1998, he was visiting professor of international economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He has lectured to executives in Russia, Spain, and the United States, and taught at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Royal Complutense University (Spain), offering courses in finance, international business, industrial organization, and environmental and natural-resource economics.

Prof. Weiner has been research fellow in the International Energy Program, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and consultant to Amoco; Mobil; Phillips; Texaco; the International Petroleum Exchange; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. International Trade Commission; the Harvard Institute for International Development; and the World Bank. He has won research awards from the Ministère des Affaires Internationales, Québec; Resources for the Future; the Columbia Center for the Study of Futures Markets; and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Prof. Weiner has advised U.S. government agencies, international institutions, energy consultancies, financial services providers, and oil companies. He testified before the U.S. Congress (Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade of the House Small Business Committee, 2011), and U.K. Parliament, Commons Treasury Select Committee, Panel on Regulation of Oil Markets (2008). He served as an eminent person on commodities for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2003).

  • International Finance
  • International Strategy
  • Petroleum Industry
  • Privatization
  • International Portfolio Management
  • Global Perspectives
  • Special Topics: Oil: Industry, Economy, Society

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986
M.A., Harvard University, 1982
B.A., Harvard College, 1979

  • Weiner, Robert, “Who Bribes?: Evidence from the UN Oil-for-Food Program” (with Y. Jeong), Strategic Management Journal, 2012.
  • Weiner, Robert, “Conflict and Corruption in International Trade: Who Helped Iraq United Nations Sanctions?” (with Y. Jeong), in International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Volume Two (S. Rose-Ackerman and T. Søreide, eds.), Edward Elgar, 2011.
  • “Resource Nationalism Meets the Market: Political Risk and the Value of Petroleum Reserves” (with R. Click), Journal of International Business Studies, 41, #5: June/July 2010: pp. 783-803.
  • “Foreign Entry Through Acquisition of Corporate Assets: An Alternative Entry Mode to Greenfield and M&A” (with Y. Jeong), May 2008.
  • “Multinationality and Performance: Structural or Spurious Relationship?” (with P. Dastidar), April 2007.
  • “Expanding Oil Supplies” (with J. Darmstadter), Resources 163 Fall 2006: pp. 11-14
  • Do Birds of a Feather Flock Together? Speculator Herding in the World Oil Market,” Resources for the Future, discussion paper 06-31, June 2006.
  • “State Ownership and Transparency in Foreign Direct Investment,” Robert Weiner (with A. Cannizzaro), forthcoming, Journal of International Business Studies. 
  • “Multinational Investment and Voluntary Disclosure: Project-Level Evidence from the Petroleum Industry,” Robert Weiner (with A. Cannizzaro), Accounting, Organizations and Society 42, April 2015: 32-47.
  • "Loose-lipped Leviathan? Transparency in Private and State-Owned Multinationals," Robert Weiner (with A. Cannizzaro), Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (Abridged version), 2014.
  • “Institutions sans Frontières: International Agreements and Foreign Investment,” Robert Weiner (with S. Jandhyala), Journal of International Business Studies 45, August 2014: 649-669.
  • Harvard Institute for International Development
  • Universite Laval, Quebec, PQ
  • International Petroleum Exchange of London. New York Mercantile Exchange
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • World Bank
  • Full-time: Associate, ICF, Inc.