Josephine E. Olson
Professor of Business Administration and Katz Excellence in Service Fellow
Josephine (Jo) Olson teaches courses in managerial economics and international economics, and has conducted study trips to Europe and South America. She is an associate of the Center for Latin American Studies, the European Union Center, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, the Asian Studies Center, and the Global Studies Program. From 2006 to 2014 she was Director of the International Business Center, and she now serves on its Advisory Board. She was secretary of the University Senate from 2002 to 2005. From 1979 to 1983 she was director of MBA Programs and from 1996 to 2001 she served as associate dean. Prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh, she was on the faculty of Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York.
Jo's research interests include topics in international economics and a study of career paths and income determinants of MBAs.
Jo currently serves on the District Export Council of Western Pennsylvania and the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council. From 1974 to 1986, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). In the fall of 1991 she was a Fulbright Fellow lecturing at the International Management Center in Budapest, Hungary. She was visiting professor of economics at the Czechoslovak Management Center near Prague in winter 1992. In 1993-94 she was a visiting professor at Nyenrode University in the Netherlands and in 1994-95 she was academic dean and interim CEO of the Czech Management Center. She has consulted with public and private agencies with regard to public policy toward transportation and utility rate-setting and international economics. She has also done some educational consulting.