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Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

Jan-Benedict Steenkamp

Knox Massey Distinguished Professor of Marketing


McColl 4513, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp specializes in global marketing, branding, strategy and leadership.

He has written five books: the forthcoming “Time to Lead: Lessons for Today’s Leaders from Bold Decisions that Changed History” (Fast Company Press, 2020), “Retail Disruptors: The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters” (Kogan Page, 2019),”  “Global Brand Strategy: World-Wise Marketing in the Age of Branding” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), “Private Label Strategy: How to Meet the Store Brand Challenge” (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and “Brand Breakout: How Emerging Market Brands Will Go Global” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), which was selected as a best business book in globalization for 2013 by Booz & Co.’s Strategy + Business.

Dr. Steenkamp has written 11 cases, including three on inspired leadership. An award-winning researcher, he also has written over 150 scholarly publications, including articles in top journals in marketing, management and strategy, as well as Harvard Business Review. His work has received over 50,000 citations.

He is co-founder of AiMark, a global center involving Fortune 500 companies that spearheads the BG 20 project uncovering drivers of sustainable brand growth.

One of the world’s leading thinkers on global strategy and branding, Dr. Steenkamp has taught, consulted and given executive seminars on all continents. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek and newspapers in Europe, China, India and South Korea. He has been interviewed on television and radio in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, India and China.

He has worked on (international) lawsuits and trade disputes involving branding and private labels with the Brattle Group and the international law firms King & Spalding LLP, Sidley & Austin LLP, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, and Jones Day LLP.

Dr. Steenkamp serves or has served as associate editor or editorial board member of all top marketing journals and is past editor of the International Journal of Research in Marketing.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences awarded him the Muller lifetime prize for “exceptional achievements in the area of the behavioral and social sciences.” It was the first time the prize was awarded to a researcher in any area of business administration. He also received lifetime achievement honors from the American Marketing Association, the European Marketing Academy and the Society for Marketing Advances

Dr. Steenkamp has taught at universities in Austria, Belgium, China, India, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, U.K. and the U.S.

He received his PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degrees, all summa cum laude, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and a Doctor Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) from Aarhus University, Denmark.

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