Lorraine Eden

Professor Emerita of Management
Research Professor of Law

Biography

Dr. Lorraine Eden is Professor Emerita of Management in the Mays Business School and Research Professor of Law (joint appointment) in the School of Law at Texas A&M University.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of economics, international business and public policy, with a particular focus on the strategies, structures and political economy of multinational enterprises (MNEs). Her current research focuses on transfer pricing (the pricing of related party transactions) in the digital economy, responses of MNEs to disruptive shocks (e.g., Industry 4.0, war zones, government policies, emerging markets), and ethics in business and academia.

Dr. Eden is considered one of founders of the field of transfer pricing economics and is best known for her transfer pricing publications.  In total, she has more than 185 scholarly publications with nearly 14,000 Google Scholar citations. Her books include Taxing Multinationals (1998), Multinationals in North America (1994), Retrospectives on Public Finance (1991), Multinationals and Transfer Pricing (1985, 2017), The Ethical Professor (2018), The Economics of Transfer Pricing (2019), and Research Methods in International Business (2020). She is now working on her 10th book, tentatively titled “Principles of Transfer Pricing.” She also has scholarly articles published in all the major management and international business journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review; Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

Born in Canada with economics degrees from three Canadian universities, Dr. Eden joined the Management Department at Texas A&M in 1995, where she taught undergraduate, masters and doctoral level courses on International Business and Multinational Enterprises. Between 2007 and 2019, Dr. Eden created and taught a graduate seminar on Transfer Pricing, which was cross-listed in the Bush School and the Economics Department and attracted students from across campus. Her course was the core course in a Transfer Pricing Aggies program that trained nearly 350 graduate students; over a third are now transfer pricing professionals. Although no longer full-time teaching in the Mays Business School, Dr. Eden continues to “make a difference through research, teaching and service.” In Spring 2020, she will guest lecture in the Transfer Pricing course Professor William Byrnes will be teaching, which is part of the International Tax program in the Texas A&M School of Law.

Dr. Eden has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Pew Fellow. For more than 30 years, she has been a consultant to MNEs, government and international organizations on transfer pricing and MNE strategies and structures; and has testified as an expert witness before the courts, national governments and international organizations. From July 2007 through December 2010, Dr. Eden was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Business Studies, the top-ranked journal in the field of international business. She served two terms on the Executive Board (including as 2017-2018 President) of the Academy of International Business (AIB).  Ethics in the academy has also been a long-time research, teaching and service interest. She was the lead author of  AIB’s three codes of ethics and their updates. She also founded and co-wrote The Ethicist blog for the Academy of Management with Kathy Lund Dean and Paul Vaaler, which later became the basis of their book The Ethical Professor (Routledge, 2018).  She also regularly conducts ethics training workshops for AIB doctoral students and junior faculty.

Dr. Eden’s work has received numerous awards. She was elected an AIB Fellow in 2004, received the AIB President’s Award in 2012, and the WAIB (Women in the Academy of International Business) inaugural Woman of the Year award in 2016. She was honored by the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in its annual research volume, Progress in International  Business Research (2019). In 2019, she also received the Medal of the City from Rennes, France, and won two JIBS 50th Anniversary Gold Medals (for scholarly service and scholarship).

Dr. Eden is married to Dr. Charles F. Hermann, the founding director of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. Upon their joint retirement from Texas A&M in August 2019, Dr. Eden and Dr. Hermann decided to give back to the University by establishing the Lorraine and Charles Hermann Endowed Excellence Fellowship (Hermann Fellows) program in the Bush School.  Their gift will provide a Fellowship to an International Affairs student and they are currently raising money to fund a second student in Public Service and Administration.

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Personal Data

  • Dual citizenship: Canada (country of birth) and United States (naturalized).
  • Married to Dr. Charles F. Hermann. Three children: Jessica Eden, Karen Hermann Clements and Christopher S. Hermann.

Research Interests

transfer pricing, digital economy, multinational enterprises, global strategy, research ethics

Research

Title Year Type

CSR Reputation and Firm Performance: A Dynamic Approach

Journal of Business Ethics

2019 Article