Microeconomics of Competitiveness:
Firms, Clusters, and Economic
Course Faculty - Prof. Vinod K. Jain
Vinod Jain is the founding director of the Center for International
Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Robert H. Smith
School of Business, University of Maryland, and an affiliate
professor in the department of Logistics, Business & Public Policy.
Previously, he served as academic director for the Smith School's
Executive MBA program in China as well as director of the Center for
Global Business. Prior to joining the Smith School in 2005, he
taught for some twelve years at universities in the United States,
U.K., and Bahrain. And, in spring 2005, he taught on the Executive
MBA program at the Polish-American Management Center, University of
Lodz, Poland as a Fulbright Scholar. A true cosmopolitan, Vinod has
lived, studied, and worked in India, United States, Europe, and the
Vinod teaches courses in strategy, global strategy, and clusters
and competitiveness on Smith's MBA and Executive MBA programs in
College Park, China, and Switzerland. His current research involves
measuring the innovation economy in the United States, a project
funded partially by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
His research and publications have been in fields as diverse as
strategy evolution, foreign direct investment, performance
measurement, and knowledge management. During the last nine years,
he has received and managed five competitive grants from the U.S.
Department of Education, with a total budget of over four million
Prior to returning to academia in 1989, Vinod worked in industry
for some twenty years and held a variety of junior, middle, and
senior executive positions with multinationals corporations. He has
also consulted for a number of multinational corporations and
non-profit organizations and has conducted over one hundred
executive seminars worldwide.
In 2004, Vinod received a Citation from Maryland Governor Robert
Ehrlich, Jr., recognizing him for his services promoting
international understanding with people from different parts of the
world in business and education. And, in 2001, he won the
for Excellence in Exporting from Ohio Governor Robert Taft for the
services he provided to multinational companies in the state.
Vinod has a Ph.D. degree in Strategy and International Management
from the University of Maryland at College Park and Master's degrees
in Management (UCLA) and Statistics (Indian Statistical Institute).
He is a member of Academy of International Business, Academy of
Management, Maryland-Washington D.C. District Export Council, Mensa,
Strategic Management Society, and the World Affairs Council. He is
President Emeritus of the board of directors of the Toledo Area
International Trade Association and served on the boards of
governors of Ohio's Information Technology Alliance and the IT
Alliance for Northwest Ohio during April 2000 - April 2002.