Faculty Biography

John Dobson

Associate Professor Practice
Graduate School of Management
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508-793-7668
Email: JDobson@clarku.edu

Ph.D., The University of Manchester, UK
MSc., London School of Economics
Certificate in International Business, University of South Carolina
Certificate in Experiential Education, University of Florida

Professional and Academic Summary

John’s mantra is to ‘help students make a living around their passion’.  

He is the founder of the DYME institute, which uses problem-based learning approaches to help students develop their entrepreneurial skills.  Prior to joining academia, John was a successful entrepreneur.  He started his own venture as an undergraduate student, so he understands the challenges of launching a successful business. The business focused on connecting indigenous producers to global markets to improve livelihoods and markets. After selling his business, he transitioned into academia help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. He has a master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate from the University of Manchester (UK). 

He is currently associate professor at Clark University and teaches courses on the Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor. He teaches and travels widely and has taught at various global settings such as Canada, China, Colombia, France, Honduras, Mexico, Malaysia, Nepal, Spain, The Philippines, Uganda, & the UK.  

Through his DYME institute, he has worked with many universities to help develop their entrepreneurship program. He hosts an annual faculty development workshop at Clark, where he brings faculty from around the world to learn about the DYME methodology of Teaching and Learning entrepreneurship.   

He conducts multiple service-learning missions every year in developing countries to help to help marginalized communities use entrepreneurial skills to improve their lot in life.  He is currently developing a prison entrepreneurship program to help returning citizens become productive members of society.   

He has published numerous articles and books designed to help nascent entrepreneurs develop their ideas into entrepreneurial opportunities. His current project involves developing online teaching and learning material to give small scale producers in developing countries access to world class entrepreneurial education through the development of online learning materials, which can be found at dymeinstitute.com  

His doctoral research focuses on the adoption of Information Systems by small and micro enterprises in developing countries. His most recent publication focuses on the dialectics impacting institutionalization of Information systems by micro and small enterprises published in the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.