After receiving her S.B. (biology) and Ph.D. (management) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jan Katz began teaching international management at New York University. Moving to Cornell 21 years ago, she continued teaching international management and marketing at the Johnson Graduate School of Management and as of January 2008 at the School of Hotel Administration.
In addition to her teaching in the US, Katz has lectured in Argentina, Peru, Colombia, India, China, Belgium and the U.K. She has trained executives and consulted for a diverse group of corporations including SK Group (Korea), Aegon (Netherlands), Corning (US) and for NGOs, such as the Asian Development Bank (the Philippines) and the Conference Board (US).
Her research focuses on the means used by multinational corporations to create and sustain global competitive advantages through the management of international resources (people, ideas, etc.) and external forces (governmental and non-governmental organizations, culture, etc.).