William Rapp

William Rapp

Research Professor International Business

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Telephone: +1 973-596-6414
Email: william.v.rapp@njit.edu


J.D., Pace University, (Law School)
M.A., Stanford University, (Japanese Studies)
Ph.D., Yale University, (Economics)
M.A., Yale University, (Economics)


Dr. Rapp is the first Henry J. Leir Professor of International Trade and Business at The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s School of Management and Director of the Leir Center for Financial Bubble Research.

He has had an extensive international career in academia, business and government and joined NJIT after completing a year in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar and APSIA Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. While in Kyoto, he assessed the political economic impact of Japan’s rapidly aging population while lecturing on the Asian Financial Crisis and the History of Investment Banking. Dr. Rapp has been the Chair in Economic Relations with Japan and International Business at the University of Victoria in Canada, Director of Yale’s International Relations Program, a Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University´s Center on Japanese Economy and Business and its East Asian Institute, and the Toyota Visiting Professor of International Business at Columbia. He continues as a Senior Research Associate at Columbia where he has directed two multi-year projects under grants from the US-Japan Friendship Commission and the Sloan Foundation examining US, EU and Japanese firms’ use of information technology to improve global competitiveness.

Before entering into fulltime teaching and research, Dr. Rapp was active in business and government as Executive Director for Bank of America’s Corporate Finance Group in Tokyo responsible for North Asia, Vice President at Mitsui Nevitt Capital Corporation in charge of Mergers and Finance, and Commercial Counselor at the US Embassy in Tokyo. Prior to his leave with the Federal Government, he was group head Bank of America’s Project Finance Section for Mining and Minerals worldwide and a Vice President with JP Morgan. Earlier in his career he was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and Tokyo, an adjunct professor at NYU and Fordham Universities, and an economist for AID in Korea and Vietnam. Elected a director of the Japan Fund in 1991, he continued in this capacity until 2005 and was a member of the executive, audit and valuation committees. He was a board member of the Association of Japanese Business Studies from 2003-2005.

Courses I Teach:

MGMT 670 International Business