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John Keifer

John Keifer
Associate Professor of Instruction
Copeland 532


  • JD, University of Virginia, 1971.
  • Doctoral work, Kent State University, in strategy and international business from 1992 to 1996.
  • MBA, Ohio University, 1985.
  • BA, Ohio State University, 1968. [Economics, cum laude]

Research Interests

  • Competitive strategy, organizational development and configuration, and corporate renewal strategies.
  • Professional Experience
  • 23 years practicing law, representing the interests of commercial firms in the banking, savings and loan, and fast-food franchise industries among others.
  • Codeveloper of the corporate MBA program, implemented for Tenaga Nasional Berhand, the Malaysian electric company, and the State Government of Sarawak,Malaysia.
  • Consultant to higher education administrators in the development and implementation of strategic change.
  • Consultant to Colleges of Business looking to develop properous overseas degree and non-degree programs.
  • Consultant to American law firms looking to establish back office operations in India.

Selected Publications

  • Keifer, J., Keifer, M. (2011). Towards a Better Understanding of the Surge of Interest in Business Ethics Instruction. Southern Journal of Business and Ethics, 3, 127-136. 
  • Keifer, J., Keifer, M. (2010). A Method for Embedding Business Ethics into Traditional Business Analysis. Southern Journal of Business and Ethics, 1, 141-150.
  • Keifer, J., Keifer, M. (2009). A Country in Transition: The Story of the Malaysian Power Company. Global Business Development Institute, 1(1), 64-69.
  • Keifer, M., Keifer, J. (2007). The Payday Loan Reform Act of 2007: A WMD for Payday Lenders? (th ed., vol. 31, pp.70-84). Millersville, Pennsylvania: Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • Keifer, M., Keifer, J. (2006). Kelo v. City of New London: A New Direction for Eminent Domain in the Twenty-First Century? (th ed., vol. 30, pp.33-44). Indianapolis, Indiana: Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • “The Supreme Court Has Spoken: Disparate Impact Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act”, Selected Papers of the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Volume 29, 2005. (co-authored)
  • “Disparate Impact Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act: An Unresolved Dilemma” (co-authored), Selected Papers of the Tri State Academy of legal Studies in Business, Volume 26, 2002.
  • ”Multidisciplinary Practice: A Dilemma for the Legal Profession” (c- author), submitted for consideration for inclusion in the Selected Papers for the Tri-State Academy of Legal Studies, Fall 2001.
  • Presenter at Poster Session of 1996 Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting (Phoenix, Arizona) on the topic entitled, Applications of Problem-Based Learning Pedagogy to Management Education: Its Strategic Use by Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the Malaysian Power Company 
  • Consultant to KUD Holdings, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on reengineering program and strategic resource needs
  • Co-developer and co-negotiator of Corporate MBA Program between Ohio University and Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Malaysia
  • Invited speaker to colloquium between faculty, students and the business community on doing business in Southeast Asia held at the University.


  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Delta


I was actively engaged in the practice of law for the first twenty years of my professional life. At the request of then Dean William Day of the Ohio University College of Business, I then left the practice of law in 1990 to take a position running the BBA, MBA and EMBA programs of the College that had been conducted in Malaysia at the Institu Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam which the College felt in jeopardy of losing. I successful renegotiated a long term contract for the renewal of the MBA and EMBA programs and the programs remained in effect until 1998 when they were concluded. As a result of my success in that program, I was asked by Dean C. Aaron Kelley, successor to Dean William Day, to serve as the second Director of the newly created Center for International Business Education and Development which position I filled until stepping down in 2006. In my experience as the Director for the Center of International Business Education and Development (“Center”) at the Ohio University College of Business (“College”) over the past eleven years and now as a consultant to the College in program development in general, I have created and developed programs for our indigenous students and degree and non-degree programs for foreign students. Over the years, I have placed indigenous students and faculty in Brazil, China, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, and Spain and I have brought foreign students from Brazil, China, and India to the United States. My programs have generated net cash flow (revenue less direct expenses) in excess of one million dollars annually for the College. Currently, I have been asked to assume directorship of the India programs for the College pending the appointment of a director for the programs.