Global Business Languages (GBL) was started in 1996 at Purdue University by Christiane Keck. From 1996 to 2009, Keck and her colleague Allen Wood served as editors. From 2010-2014, Wood became sole editor, joined in 2014 by Ahmed Idrissi Alami. In 2014, Purdue produced its last volume of the journal (19). Four years later, Margaret Gonglewski, faculty at the George Washington University (GW), proposed moving the journal to GW. In 2020, GBL was officially relaunched at its new home at GW, co-edited by Gonglewski and her colleague Mohssen Esseesy.
GBL is supported by the George Washington University Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER), funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of all CIBERs is to leverage the expertise in international business education and research to increase competitiveness of U.S. businesses. Recognizing the importance of language proficiency and cultural competence, CIBERs provide support for business language education and research.
GBL is published in collaboration with GW Libraries and Academic Innovation.