Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an award-winning business school professor, international speaker and entrepreneur. Since 2008, he has been a leading faculty member at Rutgers Business School where he is the Prudential Chair in Business. He is the Academic Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Director of Special Programs at the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship & Development, and research fellow of the Rutgers Institute for Corporate Social Innovation. He has used his business acumen to launch new ventures, advise established businesses and consult to Fortune 1000 corporations.
Through his research, business leadership and community activities he makes direct impacts corporate workplaces, entrepreneurs and economic development policy in the state of New Jersey and beyond. Emerging from his pioneering research, the New Jersey Social Entrepreneurship Institute and the CUEED Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation are national and international models for economic development and social problem solving using entrepreneurial approaches. He leads research on four National Science Foundation funded research projects related to inclusive innovation including the GEM Inclusion in Innovation Initiative (GEM i4).
Dr. Robinson is the author of many articles and books on the topics of management, entrepreneurship and workforce diversity. He is the co-author along with Dr. Randal Pinkett of Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness (published by Harper Collins Leadership). In 2022, he and Dr. Pinkett will release Black Faces in High Places: 10 Strategic Actions for Black Professionals to Reach the Top and Stay There (also published by Harper Collins Leadership). As a result of his work, Dr. Robinson is a sought-after speaker and trainer in many Fortune 1000 Corporations, foundations and leading social sector organizations including Wells Fargo, Comcast, KIPP Schools, Raytheon, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Novartis, The National Urban League and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Dr. Robinson is a media commentator appearing on Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News, PBS, NJN News, Marketplace on Public Radio International, Black Enterprise, NJ Biz, and The New York Times.
Dr. Robinson is co-founder of the consulting company BCT Partners (www.bctpartners.com) based in Newark, New Jersey. BCT Partners provides management, technology and policy consulting to corporations, non-profit organizations, foundations, and various government entities as they plan and implement change strategies and improve organizational effectiveness. At BCT Partners, Dr. Robinson supports the diversity, equity and inclusion consulting practice. He is the co-creator of the Redefine the Game Institute, a management-level education and career advancement program designed for Black business professionals and community leaders.
Dr. Robinson has completed five degrees in the areas of engineering, urban studies and business. At Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Rutgers College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Rutgers School of Engineering. He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M. Phil. and a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Robinson is an active member of the community and volunteers his time with many worthy causes. He works with various community organizations to empower, educate and encourage others. He is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sphinx Scholarship Fund Inc. He is Chairman of the board of directors of Support Center for Nonprofit Management and a board member of Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance. He holds life memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and the National Black MBA Association. He and his wife, Valerie Mason-Robinson, and three children are active members of Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Dr. Robinson believes in the words “to whom much is given, much is required” and endeavors to use his time, talents, treasure and touch to encourage and inspire others to reach their God-given potential.