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Sven Horak St. John’s University, USA

Sven Horak is an assistant professor in management at St. John’s University. Sven studied business administration in Germany (B.A. hons.) and international business in the U.K. (M.Sc.) including research and fieldtrips to India (Hyderabad) and Japan (Tokyo and Yokohama). After graduation he entered the Asian automotive industry, managing operations for the Robert Bosch Group in Tokyo, Seoul and Stuttgart. He has been a post-doctoral fellow and research associate funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Mercator School of Management of the Duisburg-Essen University in Germany. From the latter he has been granted a Ph.D. for his research on the influence of informal institutions on managerial decision making behavior. In the field of international business and management his research interests include the fundamental analysis of informal social network structures, interpersonal relationships and social ties, informal management, distinctive socio-cultural aspects of management and ethics.