Gerald McDermott is Professor of International Business at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. He has a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and specializes in international business and political economy. Prior to Joining the Moore School, Gerald McDermott was Assitant Professor at the Wharton School of Business. Most of his research analyzes how emerging market societies (espeically in East Central Europe and Latin America) build new innovative capacities to achieve sustained upgrading in their industries and compete in world markets. He also has studies how different approaches to transnational integration can shape paths of institutional and economic development. He has consulted for various multilateral organizations and is the author of several scholarly articles and books, including “Embedded Politics: Industrial Networks and Institutional Change in Post-Communism.” His research has been published in the leading outlets in management, international business and poitical economy. His most recent book (with Laszlo Bruszt) is "Levelling the Playing Field: Transnational Regulatory Integration and Development," (Oxford University Press).