Jan Jorgensen joined McGill's Faculty of Management in 1980. He previously taught at the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University.
In the strategy/policy field, Dr. Jorgensen's courses on Managing Corporate Strategy and Strategic Management for Development emphasize developing organizational capabilities and alliances for competitive advantage in the global economy. He coordinates the Economic Policy Management Seminar, which invites well-known practitioners and researchers from international development agencies, the private sector and universities to talk on economic reform and development. He has also taught Management Policy, Competitive Strategy, Organizational Policy, Public Sector Management, and International Business and has helped supervise more than twenty doctoral students and visiting scholars who now hold positions at universities in Canada, the United States, China, and Europe.
His current research interests include organizational responses to globalization in selected industries, strategic collaboration, and public sector divestment and restructuring in industrialized and developing countries. He is particularly interested in the transferability of western management know-how to developing and emerging market economies. He has contributed to a wide range of journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Gestion, Canadian Public Administration, Organizational Dynamics and Journal of Management Studies.
Dr. Jorgensen directs the masters program in Economic Policy Management (EPM), which is offered jointly by the Faculty of Management and the Department of Economics. The EPM program is designed to give practitioners from developing and emerging market economies the analytical tools and management skills needed to become effective policy advisors. After completing 18 months coursework in economics, management, French, and policy seminars, participants serve a 6-month internship with private and public sector organizations in Canada, the United States, Africa or Europe to put into practice what they have learned. The McGill EPM program has served 91 participants from 34 different nations since its founding in 1994. McGill staff members are assisting the University of Ghana (Accra) and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda) to establish EPM programs in Africa with support from the Canadian International Development Agency, the African Capacity Building Foundation, and the Joint Japan / World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program.