Jeffrey E. Johnson, Ph.D., never assumes the classroom is the final resting point for learning, especially when it comes to topics of international business and entrepreneurship. After having the chance to visit approximately 80 countries, he believes it is important for students to be exposed to international cultures and business opportunities.
As director of the Center for Global Business Studies, Johnson manages various international opportunities for students in the Bill Greehey School of Business. This includes setting up study abroad trips, promoting internationalization within the school and organizing special events, programs or lectures. In exposing his students to different cultures, he hopes that they come back as broader people with broader perspectives. Not only does this help increase their awareness of other cultures, Johnson says, but it helps students stand out when they are ready to search for jobs after graduation.
Outside of the classroom, Johnson enjoys spending time with his son and stays involved with his students’ lives by serving as adviser to multiple student organizations. He marks one of the study abroad trips he organizes as particularly memorable, saying students had the opportunity to walk the steps of the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, in Bordeaux, France, and see where the Marianists started. During this trip, students visited the founder’s gravesite, and witnessed where he lived and held Mass.
His recent articles have been published in the International Business Review, Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, International Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of World Business, Industrial Marketing Management, European Management Journal, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Journal of Global Awareness, Global Focus and Hallway Case Journal.