About The Kozai Group
The Kozai Group is comprised of 5 partners: Allan Bird, Mark Mendenhall, Gary Oddou, Joyce Osland, and Michael Stevens. They have an aggregate of 45 years of living and working abroad, including 145 combined years of conducting intercultural research and training. They have published 25 books and over 200 scholarly journal articles, including several widely cited pioneering studies in the areas of international management and intercultural effectiveness. They continue to use their vast knowledge in these areas to deliver training to organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors on 5 continents.
Allan Bird, Ph.D.
Dr. Bird has served as President of The Kozai Group, Inc. since 2001. He is also the Associate Vice President for International Affairs and Professor of Business at Pacific University. From 2009 to 2019 he was the Darla and Frederick Brodsky Trustee Professor in Global Business at Northeastern University. He teaches courses in global leadership development, intercultural management, international negotiations and intercultural and global leadership assessment. He is a qualified administrator of the Global Competencies Inventory and speaks and reads Japanese.
Mark Mendenhall, Ph.D.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. He currently is a visiting professor at the MBA Program at Reykjavik University (Iceland). Read Mark’s Full Bio
Gary Oddou, Ph.D.
Dr. Gary Oddou, Ph. D., professor emeritus, has taught, researched and consulted in the area of international human resource management for over 30 years. His research focus has been in the area of expatriate adjustment and training, repatriate reintegration and knowledge transfer expatriate-repatriate best practices and global leadership. He has published over 45 articles and book chapters on these topics and written or co-edited three books related to international human resource management and global leadership. He has been invited to speak on these topics at universities and at business conferences in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Asia.