John M. Kline

John M. Kline
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Dr. John M. Kline is a Professor of International Business Diplomacy in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is a past Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program and the Karl F. Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. His teaching focuses on international business-government relations, international investment strategies and negotiations, and international business ethics. 

The second edition of Dr. Kline's textbook, Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy, was released by Routledge in London and New York in May, 2010. A Chinese translation of the textbook was published by China Renmin University Press in September, 2013. Dr. Kline was on leave the Spring 2014 semester to teach a course on "Governments and Global Business: Decision Making in Ethical Dilemmas" at Fudan University in Shanghai, China where he was a Visiting Scholar at the Dr. Seaker Chan Center for Comparative Political Development Studies. He is the author of three other books as well as numerous scholarly articles and chapters in co-authored and edited books. 

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr. Kline was Director of International Economic Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. He received his doctorate in political science from The George Washington University and holds a masters degree in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. 

Dr. Kline serves as a consultant to various international organizations and private multinational corporations. Recent projects include the development of a method governments can use to evaluate foreign direct investment proposals on sustainable economic, environmental, social and governance criteria. 

Dr. Kline and Dr. Ed Soule are conducting research on an apparel factory in the Dominican Republic that pays workers a “living wage” while fully respecting freedom of association and other labor rights. A new Research Report will be released in August 2014 that assesses the factory’s impact on workers, families and the local community as well as its challenge to traditional assumptions that overseas “sweatshops” are economically unavoidable. Past reports are accessible for download at a link provided in the Publications section

Areas of Expertise: China; Chile; Dominican Republic; ethics; human rights; investment; international development; labor standards; supply chains; business-government relations



John M. Kline. Chinese translation of Ethics for International Business, 2nd ed.. Beijing: China Renmin University Press, 2013.

John M. Kline. Ethics for International Business: Decision-Making in a Global Political Economy, 2nd edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

John M. Kline. Foreign Investment in Restructuring Economies. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992.

John M. Kline. International Codes and Multinational Business. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

John M. Kline. State Government Influence in U.S. International Economic Policy. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1983.

Articles in Journals

John Kline. ""MNCs and Surrogate Sovereignty"." The Brown Journal of World Affairs XIII.I (2006): 123-33.

John Kline. ""TNC Codes and National Sovereignty: Deciding When TNCs Should Engage in Political Activity"." Transnational Corporations 14.3 (2005): 29-53.

John M. Kline. "Political Activities by Transnational Corporations." Transnational Corporations 12.1 (2003): 1-25.

John M. Kline. "Australian Federalism Confronts Globalization." Australian Journal of Public Administration 61.3 (2002): 27-37.

John Kline. ""Value Choices for Global Business: Who Decides, and How?"." POLITEIA: Revista di Etica e Scelte Pubbliche XXIV.89 (2002): 361-70.

Articles in Books

John Kline and Scott Nova. "Social Labeling and Supply Chain Reforms." Workers; Rights and Labor Compliance in Global Supply Chains. Ed. Jennifer Bair, Marsha Dickson and Doug Miller. London: Routledge, 2013: 262-281

John M. Kline. "Business Codes of Conduct in a Global Political Economy." Global Codes of Conduct: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Ed. Oliver Willams. Notre Dame, Indiana: Notre Dame Press, 2000: 39-56

Articles in Conference Proceedings

John Kline. ""Enhancing the Development Dimension of Home Country Measures"." The Development Dimension of FDI: Policy and Rule-Making Perspectives. Geneva: United Nations, 2003.


John Kline, “Reassessing Collegiate Anti-Sweatshop Efforts: Can University Licensing Codes Meet Workers’ Basic Needs?” An Issue Primer, Engaged Ethics Initiative on Complex Moral Problems, Georgetown University, September 6, 2012. .

John M. Kline, Guidance Paper on Evaluating Sustainable Foreign Direct Investment, Working Paper No. 12, Millennium Cities Initiative, Earth Institute (New York: Columbia University), July, 2012..

John Kline and Ed Soule, Alta Gracia: Work With a Salario Digno, Research Progress Report, Reflective Engagement Initiative, Georgetown University, 5 December 2011.

Stephen Young, Marek Tiits, Noel Watson, Rory Allan, John Kline, Best Practices in Investment for Development: How to Attract and Benefit from FDI in Small Countries: Lessons from Estonia and Jamaica, Investment Advisory Series, Geneva, United Nations, 2011..

John Kline, Edmund Gomez and Shandre Thangavelu, Best Practices in Investment for Development: How to Create and Benefit from FDI-SME Linkages: Lessons from Malaysia and Singapore, Investment Advisory Series, Geneva: United Nations, 2011..

John Kline, Alta Gracia: Branding Decent Work Conditions, Research Report, International Business Diplomacy, Georgetown University, 30 August 2010..

John Kline and Rory Allan, Best Practices in Investment for Developoment: How to utilize FDI to improve infrastructure – electricity: Lessons from Chile and New Zealand; Investment Advisory Series, Geneva: United Nations, 2009..

Home Country Measures: UNCTAD Series on issues in international investment agreements. Geneva: United Nations, 2001..

Investment-Related Trade Measures: UNCTAD Series on issues in internationanl investment agreements. Geneva: United Nations, 1999..

The Social Responsibility of Transnational Corporations. United Nations: Geneva, 1999..