Karen D. Loch is a Professor in the Institute of International Business, Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Loch holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and a M.A. in French language and literature. Dr. Loch joined Georgia State University in 1988. From the beginning, she played a leadership role in the internationalization of the Robinson College of Business and its initiatives, including the founding of the student organization, the International Business Alliance, the establishment of many international partnerships and programs, and the creation of study abroad programs. In 1999, Loch became Director of the Institute of International Business which she led for seven years. During her tenure as Director, she created and launched degree programs, the Center for Global Business Leadership and the Global Business Leaders Roundtable. Loch continues to serve as the founding Director of the Global Partners MBA, a full-time, dual-degree global immersion MBA program that spans four continents, culminating in a full-time internship.
As a research faculty member, Loch research interests include international IT transfer, social and ethical concerns of Information Systems, and CSR and sustainability initiatives in MNCs. Loch has published in journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Journal, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Global Information Management, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Business Ethics, DATA BASE, and a book on IT education. She serves as Global Editor for the Journal of Global Information Management and guest editors (Senior and Associate Editor roles) for leading journals and conferences. Loch is very active in outreach activities, regularly makes presentations and most importantly, seeks to transcend institutional boundaries to connect faculty, students, and the international business community. She is a board member for the World Trade Center Atlanta and for the Japan American Society of Georgia.