David A. Ralston is a Professor at Florida International University. In 1969, he began his career with IBM. In 1981, he joined the University of Connecticut faculty. In 1999, he accepted the Michael Price Chair in International Business at the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, he joined the FIU faculty.
His research interests have focused upon cross-cultural management related to values, ethics, influence and corporate responsibility. He has organized a research group, University Fellow International Research Consortium, which consists of over sixty colleagues. He was the AIB recipient of the 2007 Decade Award for best paper in 1997. He currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies, and serves on several other Editorial Boards.