Mark E. Mendenhall holds the J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC). He received his B.S. degree (1980) in psychology and his Ph.D. degree (1983) in social psychology, both from Brigham Young University. Dr. Mendenhall has been on the faculty at UTC since 1989. In 1998 he held the Ludwig Erhard Stiftungsprofessur endowed chair at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), and from 1999-2004 he was a visiting professor at the Europa-Institut at the University of Saarland (Germany). In 2013 he was a visiting professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and was a visiting professor at Reykjavik University (Iceland) from 2010-2015. He teaches courses on leadership in the Executive Education and MBA programs in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Dr. Mendenhall is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of global leadership and international human resource management and has published numerous journal articles and scholarly book chapters in the areas of global leadership and expatriate management. He has also co-authored numerous books in these areas, some of which include: Global Leadership: Research, Practice and Development (Routledge); Managing Culture and Human Resources in Mergers and Acquisitions (Stanford University Press); Globalizing People through International Assignments (Addison-Wesley); Developing Global Business Leaders: Policies, Processes, and Innovations (Quorum Books); and Global Assignments: Successfully Expatriating and Repatriating International Managers (Jossey-Bass).
A firm believer in applying findings from the research literature to organizations, Dr. Mendenhall actively consults organizations in the areas of global leadership and general leadership. He is a partner in The Kozai Group, a consultancy that specializes in global leadership identification, assessment, and development. Some of the firms he has worked with, both internationally and locally, include Volkswagen, IBM-Asia Pacific, General Motors, IBM-Japan, Japan Airlines Corporate Academy, The Dixie Group, Tennessee Valley Authority, Blue-Cross Blue-Shield of Tennessee, CBL, Leadership Chattanooga, Louisiana Pacific, Molex, Monsanto, and Premier Health. He has also presented numerous training seminars on leadership and other management-related issues for many organizations over the span of three decades. Dr. Mendenhall is past president of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management and a Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. He has traveled widely and has lived overseas for nine years (New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, and Germany).