John Jenkins is Emeritus Professor of International Management. Born in Wales, he was educated internationally and speaks French and Welsh moderately well with some knowledge of German and Spanish. Jenkins has been a visiting professor in Australia, Canada, China (twice), England, Ireland and New Zealand and has directed management seminars in such countries as Brazil, England (at Oxford University), Fiji, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland and Wales. Following service in the Royal Air Force and his preliminary education at Cambridge and Toronto Jenkins became a senior marketing executive with three international firms before becoming Market Research Director of the Canadian Television Network. He then became Dean of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada where he introduced both a successful MBA program and a popular undergraduate COOP program. For many years he also headed his own management consulting firm. Jenkins was elected “Best Business School Professor” in 1991-92, and is the senior emeritus professor at the Institute today.
Jenkins considers the Institute to be a “warm, welcoming academic community with a dedicated faculty and staff and wonderful young people who want to help change the world for the better.”
Areas of Interest
Jenkins’ particular interests include international marketing communications, Europe, and the geography of language and entrepreneurship among indigenous linguistic groups: Inuit, Metis and Indian peoples of Arctic Canada, Native Americans, the Maoris of New Zealand, Pacific Islanders, Aboriginals in Australia, Irish-speakers in the west of Ireland, Welsh-speakers in Wales and Argentina, Romansh-speakers in Switzerland and Ladin-speakers in Italy. He has authored articles/papers on entrepreneurship in these communities and is on the editorial board of an international academic journal in this field. Jenkins’ works have appeared in Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German and Welsh.
- PhD in Political Geography, Oxford University
- PhD in Business Administration, Harvard University
- MA in Political Geography, Oxford University
- MBA, the University of Toronto
Professor Jenkins first taught at the Institute as a visiting professor in 1986, and became a permanent member of the faculty in 1992.