Antonio Papuzza Leeds School of Business Management
Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics

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Teaching, Directorships, and Consulting

Antonio Papuzza is an “IB” (international business) and “OB” (organizational behavior) professional, with an additional consulting background in cross-cultural training and coaching. He is currently an Instructor in the Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder where he teaches courses and modules in the fields of International Business (Fundamentals of International Business, Cross-Cultural Management, Global Strategy, Operating in Emerging Markets, and Intercultural Communication) and Organizational Behavior (Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Organizational Development, and Global Business Ethics) for undergraduate (business students who pursue  the Certificate in Global Business, international affairs, and ECON students), and graduate (Full Time MBA, Evening MBA, and MS students). Additionally, he designs, teaches, and directs, for Leeds, academic programs in Northern Europe (the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Luxemburg), Southern Europe (Italy), and Asia (Indonesia and Singapore). Antonio is the academic director and coordinator of the Leeds program “Certificate in Managing Global Competencies for International Careers” for CU students who want to work internationally. He is the recipient of the 2015 Campus Global Citizen Award and also of the 2015 Champion of International Education for Study Abroad Students. Antonio also is an international business consultant, cultural business mediator, and coach for companies, world organizations, and international institutions. He has an additional background in analysis of organizational culture and change management.

Research, Service, and Outreach

Antonio’s research in international business focuses on cross-cultural management practices around the world. He is currently working on a book on cross-cultural management (Elements of Cross-Cultural Management) and on a book on the global impact of culture on life, work, and business (The Cultural Immunity Hypothesis). At Leeds, Antonio hosts the IBSS (International Business Speaking Series sponsored by the Ben Miller Fund), the IBCH (International Business Coffee Hour at the Leeds Café), and teaches some international business workshops for professional development. He is the academic adviser of a few students ‘clubs and organizations (International Business Club, MBA Global Business Club, and AIESEC (Association of International Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences). He serves several business boards and committees on and off campus: Leeds International Study Committee, CU ICAT (International Careers Advisory Team), and CU International. Antonio’s outreach for CU and the Boulder/Denver region includes cross-cultural training (for international students, American mentors for international students, and Boulder professionals), negotiation training (for undergraduate and graduate students for career purposes), and international business mentoring for young world entrepreneurs. He has been for years one of the 8 world reviewers of the textbook “IB” (International Business Environments and Operations) by Daniels, Radebaugh, and Sullivan for both the American and the global edition and also a regular reviewer of “Management, A Focus on Leaders” by Annie Mckee (both textbooks are published by Pearson.)

Career, Personal life, and Professional Background

Antonio was born in a small town between Verona and Venice, raised in Sicily for most of his childhood, and completed his school and academic path in Europe (Italy, UK, and Spain) and the US. He has lived, worked, conducted business, and done research in several countries in all of the six continents for both national and international organizations (private companies, nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and schools.) Prior to Leeds, Antonio was a Business Instructor in Business Anthropology with CU Continuing Education, area Professional Development, for a group of senior entrepreneurs and business professionals in Colorado. Prior to CU, Antonio worked in a number of international business consulting, cultural mediation, and language services projects between Europe and the USA (CEO International, Rosetta Stone, Artsana Group, WHO (World Health Organization), WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Ih (International House World Organization), Rosebud Sioux Lakota Sicangu Nation, and City of Palermo/Italian Government. Prior to that, he worked in sales with the European network GLS (General Logistic System) for 2 years and consulted in marketing and advertising, including collaborating to the creation of video ads in Italy. Other lives also include working as a freelance business consultant and business coach for 5 years, running his own business in food and wine distribution in Italy, and co-founding a nonprofit organization that has operated internationally for 10 years.

Specialist in Italian Language, Culture, and Business

As a parallel career to business, Antonio has been teaching Italian language, culture, and business, for about twenty years, as an instructor, tutor, and as a consultant, in a variety of countries and organizations within both business and academic contexts. This has included teaching at American universities, international organizations, multinational companies, as much as to individuals and private groups. Some of the language programs, courses, and workshops he has been teaching include Italian for Beginners, Elementary Italian, Intermediate Italian, Advanced Italian, and Business Italian. He has taught languages classes in Europe according to the European standards for language fluency (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2), and in the US according to American academic curriculum at the undergraduate level. As far as Italian culture goes, programs, courses, and workshops he has been delivering including Sicilian Culture, Unveiling Italy, The Italian Mindset, Making Sense of Sicily, Understanding Mafia, Solving the Italian Paradox, and Business Italian Way. Antonio is a certified business mediator (Agente di Commercio) at the Chamber of Commerce in Italy (2005) and holds an international certification from the International House World Organization in Rome, Italy (2006), recognized by the Italian government, to teach “Italian Language and Culture”. He passed the Place exam in Italian in the US (2007) and has also been trained in the pedagogy of teaching the Italian language. As an expert in Italian business, language, and culture, Antonio has been interpreting and translating in Italian from a few languages and vice versa for several purposes and keeps on consulting, training, coaching, and advising professionals who conduct business in and with Italy. He has contributed as an author to the content for software and apps designed to teach the Italian language internationally such as Rosetta Stone, 123Speak, and Ludo Land. Companies for which Antonio has taught Italian classes and conducted cross-cultural training include Artsana Group, Ericsson America, and CEO International. For CU Leeds, Antonio has designed, organized, and led “FGX Italy”, an international business course for business freshmen who learn about some of the fundamentals of international business and Italian culture in Boulder, during the spring semester, and then go to Italy with Antonio during spring break. He arranges there business meetings, through his personal and professional relationships, so students can meet with professionals of some of the most representative Italian global brands and industries and have a chance to visit some of the facilities as well. Some of the companies that partner with Antonio are Versace, Armani, Diesel, FIAT, Ferrari, Maserati, Ducati, Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Aceto Balsamico di Modena. The success of the program is also possible thanks to special partnerships between Antonio and the Bocconi Business School, the Stadium San Siro, and the AIAF (Italian Association of Financial Analysts) in Milan. Some cultural activities for students are also organized: visit to the Leonardo Da Vinci’s l’Ultima Cena, a walking tour of the most ancient university in Europe (Bologna), and an excursion to some of the “sweetest” hills of the Italian countryside.

Degrees, Titles, and Professional Development

Antonio holds a doctorate in Anthropological Sciences (research in Economic/Business Anthropology and modern Ethnography) from the University of Florence, Italy (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences (with honor), major in Holistic Studies (Interdisciplinary Natural Science Studies), with a specialization in Protection of Nature and Management of its Resources,) from the University of Palermo, Italy (2002). This was awarded after an extracurricular year at the University of Granada, Spain, on an Erasmus scholarship award. He is a certified business mediator at the Chamber of Commerce in Italy (2005); holds an international certification from the International House World Organization in Rome, Italy (2006), recognized by the Italian government, to teach “Italian Language and Culture”. He has completed the Leadership Development Program at Teleos Institute in Philadelphia (2012) and he is certified with the ICF (International Coach Federation) since January 2018. He has completed the Faculty Development International Business with the CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) in Russia (2014), within the field of geopolitics and global business at the MCMIO School of Business, University of Moscow. He has participated in the training on Intercultural Adaptation and Managing Cultural Diversity as a Resource in Multicultural Universities conducted by Milton Bennett in the US (2015). He has also participated and completed the CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research) Faculty Development Program in International Business “ASEAN” in Singapore and the Philippines (2016). He can speak Italian, Spanish, English, and French.

IBC Vision

The International Business Club helps to prepare students for success in international business.

IBC Mission

The International Business Club provides its members with international business opportunities by exposing students to speakers, experiences, tools, and information from the international business world.

IBC Values

Cultural diversity, global mindset, international experience

IBC Main Events

Fall: International Business Panel

Spring: International Business Etiquette Dinner


The IBC meets every other week (every week if you are part of the board). During meetings you will have a chance to meet with speakers who have international business experience, participate to workshops focused on international careers, apply for international internships, learn more about study abroad programs, share your experience, and, more importantly make your personal contribution to the club through one of the many opportunities that the club offers.


Leadership positions are always offered depending on needs of the club and background of their members. These experiences have been proved to be very beneficial to students who have joined the club (jobs, internships, and international accomplishments).


What Is It?

IBCH is a weekly social time when students can meet with me and each other to learn how to build and practice their RF skills.


The business world is made up of two different business cultures: DF and RF. DF (deal focused) cultures are usually found in North America, Northern Europe, Australia, South Africa, and a few other areas of the planet. These business people focus on the task during any business transactions or, more in general, in any work context. On the other hand, RF (relationship focused) cultures are usually found in most of Asia, most of Africa, Southern Europe, South and Central America. These business people focus on building a relationship first.

How Does It Work?

I buy coffee for students (limited to 10 coffees per time) and we share thoughts and experiences from our lives – whatever we feel comfortable with. The only rule is that you can’t talk about course topics or work issues. If you want to discuss that, then come to see me during regular office hours.

Where and When Is It?

Currently, the Coffee Hour is on hiatus. If you would like to meet with me individually, please email me at…and the coffee is on me.

Who Can Come?

This opportunity is open to all Leeds students. You don’t have to be enrolled in one of my courses. You can bring your friends too.


One of the main reasons why some American business people fail abroad is because they don’t know how to do business with RF people. Most of the planet works in an RF way. I believe that one of my responsibilities and goals as a business instructor at Leeds is to share my experience in international business. I do this (IBCH) as one more way to teach students how to be successful in business.


Antonio Papuzza invites every year a speaker to give a talk at Leeds on international business topics. Antonio plans, organizes, and hosts the whole event. The International Business Speaker Series is sponsored by the Glen Miller Fund.

Ben K. Miller was a 1946 graduate of the Business School. As a student, Ben was enthusiastic and dedicated, serving as the President of the Student Body among other involvements. A regular “Big Man on Campus” with regard to his social and academic involvement, Ben was also big in stature, standing 6’4 and always in cowboy boots.  Those cowboy boots became central to his post-graduate career as an executive with Miller & Company, a Western wear business in wholesale, manufacturing, retail, and catalogs which became the largest western wear producer in the country until its purchase in 2001. The company manufactured for many years in Japan and Korea, and through his business, Ben built strong international professional partnerships as well as personal friendships.  He felt strongly about the value of global business experiences.  When Ben passed away in 1971, friends and family established the Ben K. Miller Lecture Series in International Business.

More than 40 years later, this fund continues to support the intellectual conversation about the ever-changing international business environment by bringing in top-tier speakers in this field.

Thanks, Ben!

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